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Athena Power BP-TL3051SAC RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10 5 3.5" Drive Bays 3 x 5.25" Bays take up 5 x 3.5" SATA/SAS Hot Swap RAID Subsystem

  • SAS & SATA
  • 5 3.5" Drive Bays
  • RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10
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Model

Brand
Athena Power
Model
BP-TL3051SAC

General Spec

Drive
SAS & SATA
RAID Levels
RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
5

General Spec

Dimensions
5.7" x 4.9" x 7.2"
Weight
2.82 lbs.
Features
Aluminum Design
Mechanical Sliding Lock
Trayless Design, Easy Swap In/Out HDD
Support SATA & SAS up to 3Gb/s
Meshed Air-Ventilation Holes
Led for Power Indication

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Athena Power BP-TL3051SAC

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  • Chad R.
  • 6/23/2013 6:07:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOverall design is nice, drives not connecting well

Pros: The overall design seems sturdy, drives slide into the ports well.
No screw-on drive trays required - drives just push right in.

Cons: I would agree with the reviewed from 10/13/2011 - seems they are putting springs that are way too heavy duty in the back to help eject drives. At first I thought the enclosure was bad, as no drives would connect when inserted. After removing all drives but the right one I was able to use a flash light and could tell the drive wasn't making full contact with the backplane connector due to the spring. I took a small wooden stick and pushed the metal springs back (took quite a bit of force), and can now get drives to connect - but not consistently. Took 4 tries to get all 5 connected...
My concern is when a drive fails, if I remove that drive the motion of removing a drive will cause others to disconnect - this will completely break the raid array the 5 drives are in and defeats the purpose of having a hot swap bay to replace failed drives!

I'm going to play around with it a bit this week, and if I can consistently remove drives without the other drives dropping out I'll keep it - but if other drives drop when removing any single drive I'll be going back to the iStarUSA BPU-350SATA-BLACK (of which I already have 2, I just don't like the trays the drives have to be attached to.)

The slides that are connected to the swing-down doors are the only "cheaply" done part of the unit - I noticed when checking the springs that if you pull out or push a drive in a little too hard, it'll pop off the plasic gear in the door hinge that moves it - seems there must be a better way to eject drives.

In addition, the little fans scream like banshees - if I keep the case I'm going to route the fan power connectors through fan controllers. At least the connectors are accessible to do that.

Other Thoughts: I'll try to re-post in a week or so to share whether I'm keeping it or getting rid of it due to drives dropping out when any single drive is removed due to the spings/connectors.

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  • John P.
  • 10/13/2011 10:29:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEject springs prevent drive contact.

Pros: Trayless, Lights indicate when drives are inserted properly.

Cons: Something seems wrong with the manufacture of this batch. The eject assist springs prevent the drives from making consistent contact with the connectors. I was installing 4 WD re4 2TB drives and could not get them all to connect simultaneously. On the first try I got drive 1 to connect, no connection on drives 2, 3, 4. I powered down and reseated 2, 3, 4. Then lost connection on 1 but connected with 2. Try again 1, 3, 4 up 2 down again. After trying several more times I was not able to maintain connection to all drives at the same time. On close inspection the springs to assist in ejecting the drives prevent the drives from making full contact with the connectors.

Other Thoughts: Drives fit a little loose. If I removed the springs it would probably work great. I think I will try something else. I tested the drives without the enclosure and they worked flawlessly.

Manufacturer Response:

We at Athena Power would like to apologize for the inconvenience you are currently experiencing. At Athena, we do our best to serve our customer's needs and wants. Please contact us either by phone at (626) 810-5008 or via e-mail at service@athenapower.us and we can try and resolve the issue or conduct an RMA for you. Thank you.

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  • Matthew C.
  • 9/5/2010 6:00:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat RAID backplane solution, Could use improvements

Pros: This is a great product. Hard drives fit perfectly without the need for trays and there is no rattling when installed. Indicator lights let you know which slots are ocupied. Takes only 3 molex connectors to power 5 hard drives which is definately a plus if your power supply is shy on connectors. Not much more to say other than it just works.

Cons: These are more minor annoyances than cons.

1. No activity lights for hard drives. It would be nice to have activity lights for individual drives. Since this is going in a closet however, it doesn't for me much.

2. Cheap "locks". The so called locks are just pieces of plastic that slide over the latches to keep them from opening. It would be nice to have actual locks on the drives, but for this price you won't get anything too fancy.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a cheap solution to house HDDs whether you raid them or not, this is it.

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  • WARWEES H.
  • 8/20/2010 6:10:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat!! HOT SWAP ENCLOUSURE!

Pros: I now have a RAID solution!
Install was EASY!!
Drives fit PREFECT!
NICE cooling form the two fans on the rear of the unit!

Cons: This enclosure sits the drives on there sides ||||| instead of =. this was a negative for me.
Also BE CAREFUL when screwing the unit in as I was screwing the unit down and the slightest bit of torque twisted the heads off 3 of my screws and are now stuck in the screw holes on the unit.
**But there are about 12 screw holes per side!!

Other Thoughts: Requires 3 4pin ATX power connectors. Should be one main to power the entire unit.

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