The Convoy XL
The Convoy XL is a 3.5” aluminum enclosure able to hold up to two 2.5” devices. Since 2.5” hard drives are manufactured for laptops and they usually rotate at 5,400 rpm – meaning lower performance compared to mainstream desktop drives, which spin at 7,200 rpm –, performance-wise it makes more sense to install 2.5” SSDs in it. But you can install 2.5” hard drives if you want.
The installation of 2.5” devices inside Convoy XL is very easy: all you need to do is to open the little yellow door from the bay you want to use. No disassembling or installation of cables on the drive is required. Near each door there is a small lock that prevents you from accidentally opening a door and removing a drive while it is working. Convoy XL supports hot-swap, where you can remove and install drives with the enclosure and computer turned on (on Windows you need to first disable the unit you want to remove, by using the “Safely remove hardware” wizard). Opening the door also pulls the drive from the corresponding bay, facilitating its removal.
Convoy XL has a small “backup” button on the front panel, which allows you to easily backup your data by simply pushing a button. For that you need to install and configure the “57xx SteelVine Manager” software that comes with the product and provided by the RAID controller manufacturer (Silicon Image).
As previously mentioned, Convoy XL can be installed as an internal device on an empty floppy disk drive or hard disk drive bay from your case (Figure 6) or it can be used as an external device, coming with a stand (Figure 7).