Romtec Trios II – (HDD) Hard Disk Drive Selectors Part 3

Romtec Trios II PX-920T2 Multi Drive Selector
note: Dell & Compaq owners may need a power cable adapter.

Trios II

I’ll admit I never owned the Trios II model, but will summarize the features of the Trios II over the original Trios. Here are some exact quotes of the device from the now defunct Romtec website:

“TRIOS II controls not only one drive at a time but also controls 2 drives simultaneously. Master + Slave setup enables you to run 2 drives, one drive as Master the other as its slave. You can create your own configuration among the Hard Drives (O/S or Data drives).

Besides running up-to 3 OS independently, it allows you to run 2 drives simultaneously, clone drives, transfer data, and back up systems.”

It comes with a wired remote that plugs into a card that just uses a PCI slot but doesn’t actually use the slot other than just to hold it in place. Apparently it only gives power to the hard drives selected. You can run one drive as master and another as slave, or have one OS and 2 slave drives and switch between the slave drives or use it with three separate systems like the original Trios. Rather useful if you want to have a drive with just data and keep the OS on another drive, although you could also spread a virus to the other drives.

Trios II

note: There was a Trios II plus model also.

The old Romtech website states:

"TRIOS II Plus guarantees you 100% compatibility with all systems old and new. It is an upgraded version to our already reliable and dynamic TRIOS II which works with all systems up to Pentium III or equivalent.

TRIOS II plus is not only for hard drives, but any IDE drives. Hard Drives (O/S or Data drives), CD-ROM & Writer, 3D Imation Drives, DVD player & writer, ZIP Drives, etc. Flexible and compatible, you’re in good company with TRIOS II plus. TRIOS II plus controls not only one drive at a time but also controls 2 drives simultaneously. Master + Slave setup enables you to run 2 drives, one drive as Master the other as its slave.

Since you have up-to 3 C: Drives in your single PC, you probably need to transfer or share files among those drives. No problem. With TRIOS II plus, you can directly transfer files between your C: drives. Now transferring data is as easy as 1-2-3
* Caution: The Drive should be same file format system in order to transfer data among them.

Clone drives to keep your system backed up and secure. Now you don’t have to disconnect a drive or deal with removable racks after cloning in order to keep one in a safe place. TRIOS II plus allows you to clone and hide without all the hassles by using a 3rd party cloning utility such as Symantec Ghost."

Whether or not the regular Trios II allows you to use other IDE devices, I’m not sure, but it seems reasonable. The LED on the remote stays on even when computer is shutdown, but that’s so you can swap drives and see which one is selected.

Pros: Wired Remote is touch based. It doesn’t take up any bays. You can run two drives at the same time. Only selected hard drive(s) receive power.

Cons: Requires 4 IDE cables coming off the PCI card.

Romtec Trios II


(HDD) Hard Disk Drive Selectors

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Comments 1-9 of 9 to “Romtec Trios II – (HDD) Hard Disk Drive Selectors Part 3”

  1. 1 · Jim Coble says:

    Where can I purchase one and how much will it cost????

  2. 2 · blogger says:

    Your best chance to find one is on eBay

  3. 3 · Anonymous says:

    what happened to the company

    Romtec or trios can’t be found

    hroif@ieee.org

  4. 4 · blogger says:

    In Part 5 (the summary) I covered what I believed to have happened to them, but I believe they may have infringed on someone’s patent and were shut down. There’s a guy on eBay has been selling the ComBox for a couple of years though. Supposedly Troyka is the same company that was Romtec, but was shut down also. I’m not sure where he gets his inventory, eBay shows he only has 7 left but I’ve seen his inventory more or less than that, so he is getting his supply refilled.

  5. 5 · smokey says:

    I’ve had the old trios 9106, the trios II, and the combox. The Trios II was nice because it allowed using the #2 or #3 drives as slaves to the #1 drive. The combox is pretty nice, too, but doesn’t allow that slave feature like it’s predecessor. Ebay is pretty much the only place to pick these up now. I think the poster above had it right about the patent infringement. Too bad, whoever holds the patent didn’t come out with a product, they just put Romtec out of business. Now, I think that the open source virtualization is coming along so nicely that the multi-drive setup is really not so important.

  6. 6 · blogger says:

    Flash Drives are pretty cheap now days also (you can get 8GB ones for about $60) so they are another alternative. I still prefer to have separate hard drives so I can get full speed configurations. I just wish Microsoft was a little more lenient on their licensing and allowed you to get a cheaper version of their OS for virtual machines. Since they don’t do that with Vista, it maybe cheaper to use a HDD switcher so you can run Vista Home normally on its own drive.

  7. 7 · Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know if the will adapt to SATA?

  8. 8 · blogger says:

    I believe you would have to buy a SATA to IDE adapter for each drive, which isn’t worth the effort. I will be making a new post on some SATA switches I have found.

  9. 9 · blogger says:

    Here is a new post on SATA HDD selectors

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