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Some technology is complicated. When it is, only experts, and people who spend more time than they should at their PCs, can be bothered with it. Other gizmos – like the iPod – are more universally embraced.

Why? Because these products do one job so well, you hardly have to think about the technology behind them. And though it won’t be grabbing any newspaper headlines any time soon this is exactly what the humble Icybox IB-360 does – one simple job well.

We won’t deny that German manufacturer Raidsonic could learn a thing or two about marketing messages, especially when the message on the cover of the manual pumps up a product this simple as: “A new Deffination {sic} of Multimedia”. But as long as you realise that a simple external hard disk caddy isn’t going to furnish you with the meaning of life you won’t be disappointed.

The Icybox IB-360 is part of a growing family of external storage solutions that take advantage of USB 2.0’s fast 480Mbps bandwidth. And for anyone who has an old hard disk hanging around from a previous upgrade and regularly needs to move large chunks of data around from PC to PC, or wants extra disk space but doesn’t have any space left inside their machine, or needs some means of backing up their entire system, this is a relatively inexpensive way of doing it.

Even if you buy a new disk specifically to mount in this enclosure, it will cost you no more than spending your cash on a ready-built unit, perhaps even less. Plus the matt silver finish and blue LED which doubles as a disk activity indicator, looks pretty cool, especially when mounted vertically on its curved aluminium stand.

Setting it up is simplicity itself. All you have to do convert your existing internal drive into a portable external data storage unit is to undo four screws on the base of the unit, withdraw the tray and plug your drive into the parallel ATA cable and three pin molex power connector inside, secure the hard disk to the tray using the screws provided, then slide the whole shebang back into the case.

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