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iStarUSA T-7-SA 1x5.25" Bay Military Series SATA Mobile Rack - OEM

  • T-7-SA
  • Drive Bays: 1 x 5.25"
  • Material of Handle : Plastic
  • Material of Main Chassis : All Aluminum Design
  • Color: Black
  • Cooling Fan : 1x40mm
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Model

Brand
iStarUSA
Model
T-7-SA

Type

Type
Rackmount

Spec

Specifications
Drive Bays: 1 x 5.25"
Material of Handle : Plastic
Material of Main Chassis : All Aluminum Design
Color: Black
Cooling Fan : 1x40mm

Features

Features
Cableless Connection, Support Plug & Play, Hot-Swappable
Power Control & Security Key Lock That Reduces From Potential Electronic Points of Failure
Best Air Ventilation with 1 Front Fan
Point to Point, Free from Master/Slave Setting
Unique 7.5" Depth Compact Size
Military Grade Quality Aluminum Frame & Tray

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  • John H.
  • 3/27/2014 8:06:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT! Very useful

Pros: Easy to install. Easy to operate. Fast data txfr and perfect for portable back ups. I have two of these in my PC. One for immediate backups and the other in a off site location for a backup. Interchangeable for a versatile, almost fail safe backup of data. Easy to setup and a fast, great backup. Replaces my DNS-320 without a doubt!

Cons: The only con I can think of is moving a HDD around from time to time

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  • Kathleen C.
  • 10/30/2013 11:51:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well enough

Pros: Good construction quality

Cons: Fans fail over time

Other Thoughts: I've purchased literally dozens of these removable trays over the past 6 years...we use them at work for transporting large amounts of data. This same exact unit has been sold by several different companies over the years...iStarUSA is just one of them. Do a search on SNT 135-B to find another...same exact unit (for less money).

They work well enough and have been pretty reliable, but as others have mentioned, the fans on them tend to fail. It's not much of an issue if you install these in a desktop with large cooling fans pulling air from the front, but if used in a small 5.25" external case, it could be a problem. I've tried replacing the fans, but regular 40mm fans don't work well. At this point, I just disconnect and remove the fans when they start to go bad, and haven't had any problems (since they're all used with desktops).

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  • michel p.
  • 3/26/2013 6:22:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsErrors !

Pros: Professional case, exactly what I was looking for

Cons: My first disk backup (1.5 Tb) failed very early, I looked in the log and saw lots of hardware errors for that disk - So I re-tried the backup, with the same target disk, same power source, but without the SATA Rack ; direct connect to the sata disk, and got no errors...
I bought two of those, I will run more tests, but it will take time...I'll write another review later...

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  • Edward R.
  • 7/14/2011 2:13:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsbad fans

Pros: Solid frame, easy access to connectors, easily removable bay.

Cons: Horribly unreliable fan. I've got two of these in 13 rack mount computers and have already lost two hard drives, sectors in others, and hear the fans grinding in more. Do not buy this without replacing the fan, which I'm doing in advance on the ones that still work.

Other Thoughts: Haven't tried hot swap (AHCI disabled) but have removed after removing device from device manager with good success.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Newegg Customer:

We sincerely apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by this experience, but do rest assured that we will do all that we can to win your trust in iStarUSA brand.

The design issue that you have mentioned in your review is duly noted. For a small fix like this, you can actually call us at our customer service line, or find our RMA link by going to our website at www.istarusa.com and look in “iStarUSAcare Service” drop down list for “Return & Repair RMA request”.

Warm Regards,
iStarUSAcare Service
2011

DYK: Our expert technicians and service team is standing by to answer your technical trouble shoot. Our standard office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30AM – 5:30PM PST. Please call 1-888-989-1189 or e-mail us at tech@istarusa.com

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  • Peter K.
  • 2/13/2011 2:33:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWeakest Links: Fan and Service

Pros: All metal construction, Trays are solid and I've not had any issues with dropping drives when in RAID.

Cons: FAN! Within about 6 months the fans on every one of these (6) started grinding until they warm up. The fan connector is proprietary and the screw holes are configured to specifically accept the included screws. Tried replacing with a standard 40MM fan, but had to spice in the connection and pick up some screws and washers to make them fit.

Other Thoughts: Customer service for iStar"USA" (NOT MADE IN USA) is terrible. I sent 5 emails and left 3 voicemails and finally after 4 weeks got someone on the phone. To make things easy all I wanted to do was buy some replacement fans. The sales rep was clueless as to why someone would call and kept saying how unusual it was to just replace the fan...maybe because it's a simple fix..?duh! I just told him to have a good day and hung up. About 2 weeks later I get an email from them (that's about 6 weeks later in total) saying, in broken English, that they will be getting some fans in and if I would like to order. I stated, "Yes, I would like to order some fans. Let me know the cost and we'll take care of this then." Well, three more weeks later and I haven't heard from them. So in short, hope that nothing ever goes wrong with anything you buy that is iStar"USA" because if it does you are definitely on your own.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Newegg Customer:

We sincerely apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by this experience, but do rest assured that we will do all that we can to win your trust in iStarUSA brand.

For a small fix like this, you can actually call us at our technical support team, or contact us from our website at www.istarusa.com. Our team of technicians will always reply emails within one business day.

Once again, we thank you for choosing the iStarUSA brand to be part of your total computing system.

Warm regards,
iStarUSAcare Service
2011

DYK: Our expert technicians and service team is standing by to answer your technical trouble shoot. Our standard office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30AM – 5:30PM PST. Please call 1-888-989-1189 or e-mail us at tech@istarusa.com

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  • Steven P.
  • 6/20/2009 12:30:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Solid construction, good quality

Cons: Screwdriver required to open the tray, would have much rather seen a sliding lock like many other trays.

Other Thoughts: Open back design means you have to screw the drive into the tray before using it. While acceptable for most tasks, I was hoping to use this to easily "drop in" drives to transfer files off other machines I'm working on. the extra minute it takes is acceptable, but think the design could be improved upon a bit.

I also recommend getting the AOC BOX-MK-BK so you have a place to store your screws, and a small screwdriver so that they do not get misplaced when there is no drive in there.

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  • Robert S.
  • 4/17/2009 7:49:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Outstanding removable drive case, well made, sturdy and with a fan to cool the HD. Easy to install and worked. This is my second case.

Cons: None

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  • Paul D.
  • 11/29/2008 7:29:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsvery convenient

Pros: Does what it says - nice removable storage. Very convenient. Easy to install.

Cons: Only one that I can think of. The handles are a little hard to get your fingers on to pull them out. I have small fingers, so this will be a bigger problem for others. You can do it with your fingers, just very difficult.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned before, you have to use to key to "lock" the drives in before power is delivered to the tray.
Ideally, I will be easily able to take a backup drive to off-site storage. I have to actually buy the second backup drive first, but it will make things a lot cheaper and easier than disassembling the computer.
There is a fan on these which seems to be expert at collecting dust. Maybe that is just my house?

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  • Peter K.
  • 2/21/2008 11:43:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Item

Pros: All aluminum construction, relatively quiet fan, HDD light works with SATA II, handles SATA II processing speeds; something that many others like this do not. Well built and reasonably priced.

Cons: None that I can think of off hand.

Other Thoughts: The only two ways I could see improving this product would be to include some silicone spacers to isolate the drive and cut the noise even more and also to add a digital temp gauge to the front. Other than that the product installs easily. If you find your HDD light is not working check the switch in the back. The instructions say it is defaulted to SATA II, mine wasn't. Not a problem, just had to flip the switch to the left and works fine.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/26/2007 11:57:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI like it but could be better

Pros: Turning the key actually turns the drive on and off. So you can turn off a drive without actually removing it. Well constructed with aluminum covering almost the entire drive, even when removed.

Cons: Cheap lock (But for the price pretty darn good). I bought two of these and the same key works in both (maybe a pro?). Since there are no tumblers in the lock it can be turned manually however with some difficulty (also a pro for those forgetful ones...).

Other Thoughts: It definitely is a more secure way to rapidly swap (or just turn off) drives than opening the cover. I plan to keep both of them for that main reason alone.

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