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Categories > Server Accessories > iStarUSA Inc. > iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA 1 x 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" SATA I/II/III 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Drive Cage

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Not really as dual as you think
Pros: Solid metal build, accepts 2 drives as advertised
Cons: Main con: you can't copy from one SSD to the other in this thing. Sure, it uses 2 separate SATA cables to attach to the motherboard, and only one SATA power cable. Copy speeds run typical SATA speeds, under 280 mB/s (yes, am using SATA III system and good cables). However, if you want to copy large folders from one SSD to another within this thing, it does a few files and then locks. I've tried switching cables to different ports, but it doesn't matter. I have to physically remove one SSD from this and put it into another bay to get them to copy to each other. Very disappointing.
Other Thoughts: Will try to contact company. Gave it 2 stars rather than 1 because of solid build and with rebate was sub- $10
Reviewed By:N/A,12/19/2014 9:19:28 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Server Accessories > iStarUSA Inc. > iStarUSA BPN-DE110SS-SILVER 1x5.25" to 1x3.5" SATA/SAS 6.0 Gb/s Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1
Pros: Better than nothing--barely.
It does work, but the Cons far outnumber anything positive about this unit.

They include a locking SATA cable.
It does look nice.
Cons: The best way to describe this product is, it is cheaply made.
Everything about it screams cheap.

The key is useless, it serves no real functionality other than barely keep the door locked, however, the door is so cheaply made that you can easily break it open if you are not careful.

The unit is always ON, the key does NOT turn unit on/off.
Thus, you have a LED that is always on, even if there is no HD in it. Sure, they allow you to turn it off (from a tiny switch in the back), but, that is silly. The LED should only come on when you have something in it.

It always feels like you are going to break the door when you use it.
There are NO vibration dampeners (rubber/silicon grommets) anyplace, thus you can have vibration issues.

Did I mention it was cheaply made ?
Other Thoughts: The difference in quality that an extra $5-10 can bring to the table is astounding. Spend the extra $$$ on a better quality unit.

My other unit has a key that turns the unit on/off, and has a much more solid door, they also have silicon on the sides to prevent vibrations, and it was only $10 more.

I am highly disappointed with this iStar unit, would not buy any of their products again.
Reviewed By:Veritas,12/18/2014 9:26:34 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Server Accessories > 3ware > 3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-05M 1 Unit of .5M Multi-lane Internal (SFF-8087) Serial ATA Breakout Cable

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Good stuff
Pros: Much easier cable-management wise than 6 or 8 SATA cables plugged into the motherboard. The SuperMicro card I am using this with is a solid performer. I have had SATA cable issues with my unraid server before; this breakout cable works well for eliminating some of the variables. Good price for what it is.
Cons: None, really. Its a cable. Pretty simple.
Other Thoughts: Finally bought a second one and couldn't be happier.
Reviewed By:unraid user,12/16/2014 10:17:22 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Server Accessories > iStarUSA Inc. > iStarUSA BPU-126-SA 1 x 5.25" to 6 x 2.5" SATA 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Single best enclosure
Pros: I had some concerns putting 6 drives so close together. But after running this for a month I am amazed at how cool the drives run. This is under write load:
/dev/sda: WDC WD5000BPKX-22HPJT0: 84°F
/dev/sdb: WDC WD10JFCX-68N6GN0: 87°F
/dev/sdc: WDC WD10JFCX-68N6GN0: 87°F
/dev/sdd: WDC WD10JFCX-68N6GN0: 86°F
/dev/sde: WDC WD10JFCX-68N6GN0: 87°F
/dev/sdf: WDC WD10JFCX-68N6GN0: 87°F
Cons: None
Reviewed By:N/A,12/14/2014 8:00:11 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Server Accessories > iStarUSA Inc. > iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA 1 x 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" SATA I/II/III 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Drive Cage

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Don't do it...
Pros: none I can see.
Cons: Gone through 3 of these so far, none work.
Broke the handle off the previous model, bought this one thinking it was better.. Not !
Installed my pre-existing SSD RAID 0 into this this thing and messed it up, would not boot no matter what.
Removed the drives from the "enclosure" and Finally got them working again. NFG.
Reviewed By:Mike_A_,12/13/2014 10:08:41 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
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Categories > Server Accessories > iStarUSA Inc. > iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA 1 x 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" SATA I/II/III 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Drive Cage

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 speed compromised
Pros: hot-swap
Cons: Seq speed is compromised, especially read. Tested with As ssd benchmart on Win 7 64 bit. Without the cage, read speed is over 490 MB/s and overall score is over 900, with thr cage, 240 MB/s, overall score around 600. Write sped is afected as well. Tested on 2 ssds, one pny optimo 240 gb, the other Samsung evo 240 gb, similar result.
Reviewed By:N/A,12/12/2014 11:44:34 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > Server Accessories > iStarUSA Inc. > iStarUSA BPN-DE110SS-BLACK 1x5.25" to 1x3.5" SATA/SAS 6.0 Gb/s Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Speed badly compromised
Pros: Hot-swap
Cons: Seq read / write speed badly compromised, especially read.
without the cage, I got over 490 MB/s, total score 914
with the cage, I got 262 MB/s.total score 613
Tested with AS SSD Benchmark 1.7.4739 on two differents SSD, one PNY Optimo 240 GB, the other Samsung EVO 240 GB.

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Other Thoughts: If you are on to speed, then this cage might not worth it.
Reviewed By:N/A,12/12/2014 7:53:00 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product less than 1 day.
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Categories > Server Accessories > iStarUSA Inc. > iStarUSA BPN-DE110SS-BLUE 1x5.25" to 1x3.5" SATA/SAS 6.0Gb/s Trayless Hot-Swap Cage

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Problems formatting and hot swapping
Pros: Looks nice, sturdy and very convenient method of hot swapping drives. Worked fine for making backups to spare drives.
Cons: Interface causes problems hot swapping and formatting. Frequently the parameters of the old ddrive seem to remain after it is removed and a new one inserted, requiring a reboot. But it really choked when I tried to format several drives with a full format (not quick). A 2TB drive took 13 hours and eventually failed. Connected directly to the same SATA cable it took 4 hours and completed normally. Several 1TB drives also took an inordinately long time to format and several also failed.
Other Thoughts: It's very convenient, but I ran into numerous problem formatting and wiping some drives for sale. Now I am back to using a Thermaltake USB 3.0 docking station.
Reviewed By:V1,12/11/2014 11:08:16 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > Server Accessories > LSI > LSI LSI00292 MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Software Pack--Avago Technologies

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Get the right key
Pros: None currently
Cons: Make sure you get the correct key. For some reason newegg only carries one of three different keys made for different models and then will change you restocking fees if you get the wrong one.
Reviewed By:Woogs,12/11/2014 9:52:52 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product less than 1 day.
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Categories > Server Accessories > STARTECH > StarTech CABSCREWM5 50 Pkg M5 Mounting Screws and Cage Nuts for Server Rack Cabinet

Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5Rating + 5 Rack mounting Screws
Pros: They work
Cons: None
Reviewed By:OD,12/7/2014 8:04:02 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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