Ah, the pleasure of mobility. I used to carry around a handful of 3.5″ floppies in the 90’s. Weren’t those the days? Now I can transport much larger files and transfer them much faster using an external hard drive—or an internal one mounted in an enclosure.
The Shuttle enclosure from VIZO works well, but how long it will work is questionable. The Shuttle model is light, weighing a little over 3 ounces on its own. However, it does not come with some of the nicer features of other VIZO enclosures like one-touch backup or the ability to directly play media files. No, the Shuttle is essentially a large flash drive, for when you need to move files and you need to move them now.
It comes with a small screwdriver for the tiny screws and includes basic directions for installing a drive in the enclosure. They are not as detailed as they could be, and may not be enough if you have never done this sort of thing before. The main stumbling block for my inexperienced self was figuring out how to get electricity flowing.
The USB cable included has two USB ports at the computer end. No where in the directions does it indicated that one is for power and the other for data. Because I have never encountered this method before, I was bemused at the perceived redundancy. This proved especially confusing because the first computer I used it with was a Macintosh Dual G5. It worked fine with only one male end plugged in.
When I took the enclosed drive home from work, I tried it with my PC. Windows knew something was plugged into the USB bus but couldn’t tell what it was. Eventually a colleague filled me in on the secret of the dual cable. Plugging both in made all the difference: the status light blinked red and Windows was installing my new hardware like it was eager to unload some of its gigs.