Romtec Trios II PX-920T2 Multi Drive Selector
note: Dell & Compaq owners may need a power cable adapter.
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.
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.
(HDD) Hard Disk Drive Selectors