Cooler Master X Craft 350 eSATA Enclosure Review

I’m always between my permanent home and my temporary home whether I’m at university or on a co-op job. Consequently, I’ve come to find that an external hard drive is immensely useful. I store most of my media files on it so that I can easily take them with me, to use it with my laptop or desktop, depending on which setting I find myself.

Additionally, with media files getting larger and larger, it’s become increasingly difficult to store everything on my existing 200GB USB 2.0 external drive. I hate doing DVD backups (it requires so much time, not to mention the hassle of searching for the DVDs down the road) so the obvious solution was to purchase a new hard drive. Since I like carrying my media around with me, I decided to pick up a hard drive enclosure as well.

Initially, I didn’t really think much about the enclosure. Most people I know tend to pick the Vantec line of enclosures and the USB 2.0 version at that. However, remembering that I have an external SATA port on my ASUS P5W DH motherboard, I thought it would be nice to take advantage of the built in capability. A little research later and I settled on the Cooler Master X Craft 350 eSATA enclosure. I picked one up at DirectCanada for just under $40 CAD.

Package Details

The front of the packaging shows you what you’re getting. There are no aliens or robots here. Cooler Master uses their signature purplish colour quite liberally and some of the more important specs are listed in plain sight.

 box

Open up the box and you’re greeted with a well laid out package that includes:

The enclosure itself
eSATA to eSATA cable
eSATA to SATA adapter bracket
USB cable
AC adapter
2 risers for thin-type drives
User manual
CD with Windows 98 SE drivers and P&G Backup software

contents

Nothing really out of the ordinary for an eSATA enclosure.

6 thoughts on “Cooler Master X Craft 350 eSATA Enclosure Review”

  1. Extract from my letter to Cooler Master:

    I am terribly disappointed with your cabinet X Craft 350. You are saying in your advertising that using the cabinet will “increase hard drive lifespan”. That would have been true if the disk would could spin down when idle, but that’s not the fact with your cabinets. Your cabinet forces the disk to spin continuously as long as the power is on. (This has been explained to me by your tech support.) This is really old-fashioned, like 1984 or so.

    The reason I bought a Coolermaster cabinet was that I thought that it would have the standard functionality of ordinary, much cheaper cabinets + good heat dissipation. Now I paid twice as much for your cabinet WITHOUT getting the standard functionality that all other cheaper cabinets have.

    I also think that it is not acceptable having to wait 1.5 months for getting an answer from tech support.

  2. Cooler Master’s website does not state that their product is compatible with Vista. Have you had any issues? I read that some had issues with the one-touch backup in Vista, but can the software operate without the one-touch?

    Regards,

    Marty

  3. I haven’t run into any problems with Vista – it gets detected fine, assuming you have the appropriate drivers installed for the eSATA – connecting via USB will work fine with whatever Vista decides to install for it.

    I haven’t been using the one-touch backup software. Any backing up has been done manually, so I can’t comment about the compatibility of that utility with Vista. I’m not sure what you mean by using the software without the one-touch feature. The one-touch backup is the software.

  4. with xp sp2 i’ve it detected normally on my laptop, but on the desktop it says “external” is found but can’t find the drivers.
    How could i solve it?
    Thanks
    Paul

  5. Paul – The best idea I can think of is to try the things that Coolermaster lists here, but Windows XP should pick it up as a mass storage device, if you’re using USB.

    If you’re attaching it using E-SATA on your desktop, then you may need to install the appropriate SATA drivers.

  6. Paul

    Your hard disk is not initialized. Try Management – Storage drives and right click on ur external drive n initialize it n then do ur partition plus format…

    hope this works

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