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Overall design is nice, drives not connecting well
Pros: The overall design seems sturdy, drives slide into the ports well.
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...
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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Eject 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.
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Great 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.
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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Great!! HOT SWAP ENCLOUSURE!
Pros: I now have a RAID solution!
Cons: This enclosure sits the drives on there sides ||||| instead of =. this was a negative for me.
Other Thoughts: Requires 3 4pin ATX power connectors. Should be one main to power the entire unit.
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