Ever wanted to store a HDD out of your PC which had sensitive data on? Well, to stop your valuable information going down the drain, Jetart have made the CK6000 HDD Guard.
CK6000 is an Anti-Vibration & Impact-Proof HDD protector for application out of PC case. It’s with plenty pellets to absorb external force comes in to prevent HDD damage from vibration & impact. In addition, the water proof, anti-sliding and dust-proof silicon rubber material designed to be piled up to save the space. It is the best guard of HDD.
Water proof, anti-sliding and dust-proof
To be piled up to save the space
Easy for installation
160.0 x 117.0 x 34.0 mm
The CK6000 comes in 3 different colours; white, blue and black. Today I am testing the black version.
The CK6000 comes with the usual poorly translated packing information, and vibrant blue design. It’s a slip-out clam shell design, which is ridiculously easy to open compared to other manufactures solutions.
The packaging shows off the product with it being fully on display through the front plastic cover. It touts the protector as anti-vibration, dust and water proof, and anti-sliding.
Slipping the CK6000 out, you see that it’s basically a rubber glove for a HDD. There are 3 rows of coned shaped rubber nodules along the inside three edges that provide extra cushioning for your HDD if it should take an untimely fall.
The top of the CK6000 is open to allow you to see the specs of the hard disc which are usually written on the top. The bottom has holes in a diamond shape, which provide ventilation whilst the drive is in use.
The back has enough space for you to connect the protected hard disc to your PC via IDE or SATA. Whilst this is mainly aimed at keeping your HDD safe whilst out of your PC, it could also be used to lower motor vibrations that occur during use.
The four corners of the CK6000 are concave on the top and convex on the bottom allowing you to stack several protected hard discs on top of each other. These corners are much thicker than the rest of the product meaning that they can take the weight of several stacked hard discs, and so that they can absorb more shock if your HDD were to be dropped on its corner.
Installation and Testing
Installation is easy; simply force the hard disc into place through the top. Make sure that you put your HDD in the right way round so that you can connect the IDE/SATA cable and molex in.
To test the protector, I found an old 450mb working HDD which I quickly installed Win 98 on and tucked it into the CK6000. I then started to think of scenarios where the protector would come in useful. I came up with the following:
- The hard disc being knocked off a desk
- The hard disc being thrown in the air (little out there I know)
- A water spill near the hard disc
- Chucking the disc around on the desk for a while
- Noise test – seeing if the CK6000 made any difference to drive noise
Test 1 saw the hard disc being knocked off an average height desk onto a solid floor. This is where the CK6000 will see most of its action. Instead of the hard disc hitting the floor with a horrible thud, it bounced slightly and came to a halt. I reinstalled the hard disc and tried booting; success. The CK6000 worked. This would be useful in an environment where hard discs are stored (e.g. in a server environment as backup). Trying to push the CK6000 off the desk was quite difficult as the silicon rubber grips to the surface. Again, this could stop a costly accident.
Test 2 saw me letting the hard disc drop from about 1.5m. The hard disc hit the floor and bounced for a bit. Again, success on the booting front.
Test 3 saw the hard disc being put on a desk and then spilling a glass of water onto the desk and allowing it to drain across. As the CK6000 raises the hard disc slightly, none of the water touched the HDD. Success on the booting front.
Test 4 saw me drop the hard disc from varying heights (10-30cm). The hard disc bounced and, again, came gracefully to a halt. Boot: success.
Test 5 saw me plug the hard drive in and see how much noise was outputted with and without the CK6000. To be honest, there wasn’t a great difference. It was SLIGHTLY quieter with the protector on though.
Overall testing was a success and the disc managed to boot after every test. Obviously I but the protector through a lot more than it would ordinarily see, but it does show how effective it is.
I can see a real use for this product in the server arena where data storage is a prime concern. If there are stacks of hard discs used as backups, buying a couple of CK6000 not only helps when coming to stack discs, but also to prevent an accident becoming a major headache.
The CK6000 is useful if you are testing and you don’t want the hard disc to be damaged whilst out of the case. This is really useful for me, a reviewer, when I’m operating on a computer out of its case.
The CK6000 is a well-design product which could be invaluable to some and at a very low price ($6 in the US; not available in the UK at the time this review was published) it’s an inexpensive insurance policy. For something that truly protects your HDD and for only ~£3, who can say no?
|Does what it sets out to do|