as a hardware reviewer can be both a rewarding and exciting
experience. Where else can a person get regular
exposure to the latest innovations in the technology world?
From new motherboards boasting the latest chipsets to
GeForce 3 based video cards, new hardware is constantly
rolling into the HH labs, eager for us to see what it is
made of. We are very fortunate to get our hands on
some of the latest technology available today. It is,
however, refreshing to have something different show up once
in a while. Today we'll be taking a look at a new
product that can only be categorized as "Ground Breaking."
Inc. may not be a household name, but they have been
around for several years. Established in 1999, they
can still be considered new kids on the block, but their
goal is clear: “to provide innovative hardware solutions to
common computer problems by featuring an advanced technology
for the 21st century.” We’ll be taking a look at their
first offering, which tackles the issue of multi-boot
computer systems, the Romtec Trios RX-910T6 Hard Drive
Trios RX-910T6 is a hardware solution that allows a user to
switch between multiple bootable drives with ease.
Although the practice of multi-booting a computer system is
nothing new, it is more common to install multiple O/S’s on
a single drive using a third party boot utility. With
the Trios RX-910T6, a user can use multiple drives to
achieve a multi-O/S system with the added safety of
isolating the O/S’s from each other. Using separate
drives with the Trios RX-910T6 essentially turns a single
computer into three separate machines, offering greater
flexibility and safety. Imagine having several O/S’s
installed on a single drive, then that drive fails or
becomes infected with a virus: one word comes to
mind…Disaster. With the Trios RX-910T6 installed, a
virus could be isolated to a single drive and a drive
failure would not leave you with a machine that won’t boot.
There are countless environments that would benefit from the
Trios RX-910T6’s capabilities. Schools,
software/hardware testing facilities, and the common PC
enthusiast would all gain from the added ability of separate
bootable drives. The potential benefits of such a
device are endless. Lets take a quick look at the
actual unit, shall we?
Features of the
Romtec Trios RX-910T6
It's So Simple...
- LED for Hard Drive
- Selector For Hard
LED for Hard Drive Two
Selector For Hard Drive Two
- LED for Hard Drive
Selector For Hard Drive Three
IDE terminal for HDD 1
IDE terminal for HDD 2
IDE terminal for HDD 3
IDE terminal for Motherboard
Output power terminal for Hard Drives
Input power terminal for Trios
LED terminals for external modules.
As you can see, the
specifications of the Romtec Trios RX-910T6 are pretty
straight forward. In this case, simplicity is a good
thing since the function of the Trios is clear. Let's
take a look and see what comes in the kit.
Romtec Trios RX-910T6 comes
complete with everything needed to connect three drives to a
single IDE channel. One Hard Drive Selector is
provided with three ATA 66/100 IDE Cables included.
The kit also includes two power adapters that connect the
Trios to the power supply and a three way adapter that
supplies the three drives with power. If needed, the
user can request a fourth
ATA 66/100 IDE Cable that
will be sent to them to connect the Trios to the IDE port on
the motherboard at no additional cost. Four
self-tapping screws are also included for mounting the drive
into a 5 1/4" bay.
Installation, and Conclusion