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Teratrend TowerStor TS431U Aluminum + SECC 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB3.0 & eSATA 4-Bay External HDD Enclosure

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  • 3.5"
  • USB3.0 & eSATA
  • Up to 4TB
  • Aluminum + SECC

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Andrew S.
  • 1/7/2015 6:41:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for expanding NAS storage

Pros: Rock-solid build quality, attractive finish. Trayless design is ridiculously convenient and holds drives snugly. Solid and consistent I/O speed and throughput via USB. No unnecessary frills (see other thoughts).

Cons: Price is a bit steep, even on sale. The adhesive rubber feet had already fallen off by the time the item arrived, but they stuck back on fine.

Other Thoughts: I wanted an enclosure without an onboard RAID controller that would just transparently present the drives to the host system--in my case, a compact server running FreeNAS. The TS431U does that perfectly. Popping in four drives and hooking up the unit took less time than installing a single drive in a tower case, and I didn't even have to power down the host system.

The quality of construction, ease of use, and solid performance of this item earn it five eggs from me, despite the price. I really hope Silverstone keeps making these--I plan to get another one the next time I need to add storage to my NAS.

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  • Jack H.
  • 10/14/2013 8:32:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsJust OK, not worth the price

Pros: Beautiful design. Good build quality.

Relatively quiet

Cons: Over-priced. No RAID functions at all. Non-existent support

Other Thoughts: This device is just a 4-bay external enclosure. No internal RAID functions at all, not even a JBOD/BIG option. The next model up has these functions and a display that I don't need.

It would have been better if the description explained the (lack of) features better.

Tried to contact support to answer some questions...GOOD LUCK. Even though Silverstone is on the name, they do not support the device. TeraTrend is the OEM. By the way, I never did get a response to my inquiries.

Luckily, I use 3rd party drive-pooling software that allows me to use this device the way I want, but I'd be upset if I bought this thinking it was a RAID box and then found out it doesn't do anything like that.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you very much for purchasing a SilverStone and we apologize for the less than satifying experience you had while contacting our support. We fully support this product as Teratrend is now part of SilverStone. If you have more questions, I encourage you to give us a second chance and contact our headquarters directly at:

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