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iStarUSA BPU-340SATA-BPL 3x5.25" to 4x3.5" SAS/SATA 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage - OEM

  • BPU-340SATA-BPL
  • RoHS Compliance Version: Yes
  • Standard Drive Bays:
  • 5.25" Drives: 3
  • Hotswap 3.5: 4
  • Indicators: Power, HDD, fan, and high temperature
  • Material of Handle: Aluminum
  • Material of Mai
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iStarUSA Hot-Swap Cage - Three 5.25" to Four 3.5" SAS/SATA 6.0Gbps

With a high level Raid and high storage availability in a compact design, the BPU-340SATA series adds extra memory and hot-swap capability to satisfy any application needs. Aluminum body and extra 80mm cooling fan subsystem complete a high-end data storage server or workstation.

High density multi-disk storage backplane allows four 3.5" SAS/SATA hard drives to be mounted into three standard 5.25" drive bays. BPU-340SATA supports RAID 1/0/1+0/5 configurations for high performance or redundancy data application. The aluminum construction provides best heat dissipation required for high performance SAS/SATA drives, and is designed with excellent front-to-back-vent airflow.

Applications: Digital Audio Editing,Video Editing (SD or HD), Security System, SOHO SMEs With Limit HDD Tray and Data Protection or Disk-to-Disk Backup.

Features

StarUSA

  • Stylish aluminum handle and heat-sink body
  • Supports Hot-Swap & RAID Configuration (needs an additional RAID controller)
  • Aluminum Design with Conductive Dissipation Grooves
  • Power, fan and high temperature LED indicators
  • High Performance Transfer Rate up to 6.0Gbps
  • Support 2.5"/3.5" SAS I/II & SATA I/II/III HDDs
  • Equipped with Fan Speed Control Switch
  • 4TB Hard Drive Compatible


Specifications

StarUSA

Model Number BPU-340SATA
RoHS Compliance Version Yes
Standard Drive Bays 5.25" Drives: 3
Hotswap 3.5": 4
Hotswap HDD Type: 3.5" SAS I/II & SATA I/II/III
Indicators Power, HDD, fan, and high temperature
Material of Front Bezel Aluminum
Material of Handle Aluminum
Material of Main Chassis Aluminum Design with Conductive Dissipation Grooves
Color of Front Bezel Black / Blue / Red / Silver
Color of Main Chassis Black
Package Content SATA Cable Included (4 pcs)
Cooling Fan 1 x 80mm
Ordering Information
(Part Number)
Black Tray: BPU-340SATA-BLACK
Blue Tray: BPU-340SATA-BLUE
Red Tray: BPU-340SATA-RED
Silver Tray: BPU-340SATA-SILVER
Lockable Tray: BPU-340SATA-BPL
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.75 x 4.96 x 7.95 inches
146.0 x 126.0 x 201.9mm

Learn more about the iStarUSA Inc. BPU-340SATA-BPL

Model

Brand
iStarUSA
Model
BPU-340SATA-BPL

Type

Type
Pedestal Chassis

Spec

Specifications
RoHS Compliance Version: Yes

Standard Drive Bays:
5.25" Drives: 3
Hotswap 3.5: 4

Indicators: Power, HDD, fan, and high temperature

Material of Handle: Aluminum

Material of Main Chassis: Aluminum Design with Conductive Dissipation Grooves

Cooling Fan : 1x80mm

Dimensions: 5.75" x 4.96" x 7.95"

Package Content: SATA Cable Included (3pcs)

Features

Features
Stylish aluminum color handle and heat-sink body.

Support Hot-Swap & RAID Configuration (need an additional RAID controller).

Aluminum Design with Conductive Dissipation Grooves.

Power, fan and high temperature LED indicators.

Super Air Ventilation & Heat Sink with 80mm Fan.

High Performance Transfer Rate up to 6.0 Gb/s.

Support 3.5" SAS I/II & SATA I/II/III HDDs.

Support 2.5? SATA/ SAS Hard Drive.

Equipped with Fan Speed Control Switch.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


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  • Anonymous
  • 1/28/2014 12:44:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMixed bag--could be good for you, though!

Pros: It's a decent product. I own three of these now--two of them came combined with an iStarUSA case, and a third I purchased separately on this product page. It keeps my drives very cool and it lets me swap out hard drives in case of a RAID drive failure. Plus, it's cheap compared to similar products!

Cons: One of the three units I have had a faulty overheating alarm--it would go off all the time, even when there weren't any drives inside! Luckily, I'm getting a replacement for that one.

As other reviewers have noted, switching off a drive causes other drives to lose power briefly. So, don't screw around with the on/off switches for the drives unless your computer is off. (Of course, you can still use this for hot swapping if your motherboard supports it, but you have to just leave the bay power ON while doing this.)

Fan is very noisy.

Other Thoughts: Even though I experienced a lot of cons with this item, the device is a very good fit for me, because these are being placed inside servers that will be a server rack--so noise isn't an issue, and we won't be randomly turning drives on and off. Your mileage may vary, however!

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  • Thomas W.
  • 2/9/2011 2:38:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: Works well in hot-swap once you convince Windows to use the AHCI drivers instead of standard sata.

Cons: One issue which is easily remedied... power button on one drive triggers others to drop as well. Simple fix is to just eject drive in windows and pull it without pressing the button. Then when you put it back in, just slide the drive in and lock. Drive spins up and windows recognizes the drive.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/2/2011 7:50:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great!

Pros: Bought this for my Beyondtv HTPC. Installed it my server with 1tb drives (JBOD) with no problems at all ever since.

Cons: None

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  • Rhonda Y.
  • 9/14/2010 3:54:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper Item

Pros: Easy to install and implement. Fits right into (3) 5.25" slots. The HDs fit well and are easy to install and remove. I did not test hot-swap capabilities, but it runs reasonably quiet and seems to keep the HDs cool. I used this for a RAID 5 on a promise FastTrack 4650 controller (also bought here) and it controller had no issues with this setup. You do have to power the unit on the first time you power up the machine, then it will come on every time after that by itself.

Cons: None that I can find so far.

Other Thoughts: It just works and it a great buy for the money.

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  • Jacek R.
  • 7/14/2010 10:44:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsKeeps drives cool, but not hot-swap

Pros: - Keeps drives cool. Disks that were burning hot when mounted in the case, now are barely warm.

Cons: - Switching off one of the drives causes brief shutdown of a drive in an adjacent bay!
- Noisy fan, almost impossible to replace with a quieter one.
- Tray locks difficult to operate.

Other Thoughts: I bought this cage to improve cooling of the disks in my computer, and it does a terrific job. Drives, that were burning hot when mounted in the disk bays in the computer case, now are barely warm. This comes at an expense: the fan, even if set at the lowest setting is the biggest noicemaker in my computer. I wanted to replace it with a quieter one, but it is so tightly integrated with the enclosure, that I just decided that it wasn't worth the effort.
The reason that I gave the cage only two eggs is the fact, that an attempt to remove off one of the drives, causes a brief shutdown of the adjacent drive. I have the drives configured as 3+1 (3 disks in RAID5 + one independent). Every time I switch off the independent drive in order to remove it, one of the RAID drives shuts down for a fraction of a second and trips array rebuild. I didn't dare to repeat the experiment on one of the drives from the array.

If you want to keep the disks cool - buy. If you care about hot-swap - forget

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  • Ted P.
  • 7/7/2010 1:05:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood SATA hot-swap cage

Pros: Good, solid hot-swap bay. Keeps my drives cool enough. Serves its purpose well.

Cons: Lock design is not the best. Also, the power buttons don't line up directly to the bay they power.

Other Thoughts: Love this cage. I've had one in my media server for about 2 years, and just bought a second one to add more drives to it.

Yes, this does have a fairly loud fan. You don't get a 4-drive hot-swap cage for your bedroom computer. You get it because you have 4 hard drives, and hard drives need to be kept cool. Quiet fans are quiet because they spin slowly and don't move much air. Cages like this pack drives close together, so they need to have a fan that's capable of keeping the drives from dying. There's a reason people don't sleep in data centers.

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  • ANA E.
  • 5/12/2010 8:57:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I've ordered a couple of these type of hot swap cages, this one is the best one I've ordered. The fan keeps the hard drives nice and cool. You can "lock" the hard drives so you can't accidentally open the tray. You can use either SATA power or molex power. LEDs are bright for easy viewing.

Cons: No cons really, see other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Although the trays can be locked, if they're unlocked they're easy to accidentally "eject" if you press on the right spot but it hasn't happened to me because I keep the trays in the "lock" position.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/16/2009 1:13:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEffective, but noisy

Pros: Works effectively for the purpose of adding a few hot swap bays to a case.

Cons: The latch mechanism for the trays leaves a bit to be desired. It's entirely too easy to pop the tray out while trying to lock it in place - you have to hold the latch in place so it doesn't accidentally pop loose.

Also, it is VERY noisy. Just the noise of its one fan dwarfs the combined noise of my hard drives, the CPU cooler, and the case fans. Don't use it if you're wanting the computer to be left on in your bedroom.

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  • Keith C.
  • 9/4/2009 10:26:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdecent cage, noisy fan, questionable cooling

Pros: This cage has great mechanical design. Drive bays fit snugly. Solid feel with inserting/removing bays.

Nice SATA cables included.

It does have a cooling fan but it doesn't seem to do a lot of good. At the low-speed setting the HD temps are less than 5 degrees C lower than before with no fan. But it's better than no fan at all I guess.

Points taken off for a design that doesn't seem to lend itself to good cooling and noisy fan.

Cons: Cable layout could be improved. It can be hard to insert power connectors because of their location. Fan is very noisy. Solid sounding, just loud. You don't want this fan in a media center PC. There are none of the shock mounting grommets we're so used to seeing these days.

The documentation included in the box is next to useless. They never tell you anywhere for example that you have to push on the LEDs to power up the drives. But that's what reviews are for I guess.

Other Thoughts: Beware of cases that use rails for installing drives. My Antec P180 case has no provisions for screwing in the cage. I had to use drive rails. It works but it's not as snug as if it could be mounted with screws. I prefer screws for things that will never be removed.

Overall it seems like one of the better cages of it's type.

I'm not sure yet if I'll be keeping or returning it. I'm thinking that a normal 1-hotswap-drive-per-bay will better for cooling/airflow.

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  • Paul H.
  • 8/16/2009 6:42:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad but...

Pros: Nice and clean. Solid construction

Cons: This arrived with one of the lock buttons broken. An RMA was approved. The one thing I don't like is that you can not lock the drive without releasing the latch. You have to hold the latch in while turning the lock "dial" to lock. Poor design.

Other Thoughts: The amber power LED in the front is VERY bright. So if you are going to use this with a Home Theather PC you will probably want to put some black electrical tape on it. It would have been AWESOME if it was blue instead of Amber.

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