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AMS DS-2350S Aluminum Black eSATA 5 bay SATA Enclosure

  • Aluminum
  • eSATA
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The DS-2350S enclosure from AMS supports 5 3.5” SATA hard drives up to 5TB. The enclosure turns a Serial ATA hard drive into an external USB-and-eSATA storage device. The built-in RAID 0, 1 and 10 configurations help protect your data; and you can choose different settings according to different needs.

The DS-2350S features eSATA (external Serial ATA) and USB 2.0 interfaces offering speeds up to 3Gbps or 480Mbits per second, respectively. This flexibility allows you to use your hard drive at its full performance where eSATA is available and still have the option of using USB where eSATA is not available. The enclosure is hot swappable, letting you plug and unplug the unit without needing to reboot.

To efficiently disperse heat and keep drives cool, the DS-2350S has dual built-in 80mm ball-bearing cooling fans with adjustable speed control. Provided with an including high-performance eSATA bracket, enjoy the ease and performance of eSATA technology even if your system has no on-board eSATA port.

  • newegg SATA Hard Drive Support The AMS DS-2350S features 5 hot-swappable SATA drive bays supporting SATA I/II hard drives of a maximum storage capacity of up to 5TB. The SATA II interface delivers an ultra-fast speed of 3.0Gbps.
  • newegg Built-in Fan The AMS DS-2350S features dual 80mm ball-bearing fans for increased overall airflow and heat dissipation. The integrated fan speed controller allows manual fan speed adjustments for the balance between cooling performance and noise.
  • newegg Data Protection The advanced RAID system with support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 continually checks hard drive performance to ensure data integrity.
  • newegg eSATA Interface The AMS DS-2350S features an eSATA port for an ultra-fast data transfer speed of up to 3Gb/s and plug-and-play connectivity.
  • newegg eSATA Bracket Included With the included eSATA bracket, connect the AMS DS-2350S to your computer via the high-speed eSATA interface!

Learn more about the AMS (American Media Systems) DS-2350S

Model

Brand
AMS
Model
DS-2350S

Spec

Color
Black
Size
3.5" x 5 Bay
Material
Aluminum
Internal Interface
SATA
External Interface
eSATA
Maximum Capacity (per Bay)
Up to 1TB
Fan
Dual 80mm Fan
Specifications
5-bays with hot-swappable trays.
Silicon Image Sil4726 Steel Vine RAID Storage Processor.
Management Console (GUI).
RAID levels: JBOD, 0, 1 and 10).
Supports 5 SATA I/II hard drives.
Up to 5TB (Terabytes).
Dual Ball-Bearing 8cm cooling fan with speed control.
SSU (SmartSpinUp) Technology custom 85W Power Supply (100-240Vac).
Include a High-Performance PCI-E Sil 3132 2-port SATA II Host Controller

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
8.5" x 6.1" x 8.4"
Weight
8.0 lbs.

Packaging

Package Contents
5 bay Enclosure
Power Cord
PCI Express card
eSATA Cable
Driver Disk

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 AMS (American Media Systems) DS-2350S

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  • Gregory D.
  • 11/9/2009 9:28:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Case - No Problems

Pros: Thing worked great right out of the box. The controller card DOES support Windows 7 64bit.... even though it does not support Vista 64 bit (I think some found a fix for this though). I am NOT using Raid on it, just plugged in 3 2TB WD drives.... will add 2 more later.

I think a lot of people who posted bad reviews just don't understand the concept of downloading the latest drivers from a MFG's website. It works great. Works plug and play. can turn off and unplug without having to restart to see drives.... something I was not expecting

Very easy to install drives. I am not touching the locks though after reading other reviews. I don't need no stinking locks anyways.

Cons: None works great. Could have used a better manual though.

Other Thoughts: Great product. If you need more room in your case, or need to a simple and cheap media box that IS eSATA....get it.

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  • Joem C.
  • 11/5/2009 8:12:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIncompatible

Pros: Nice gloss finish, price wasn't too bad and the concept of hot-plugs on a ext Raid is excellent and 'Nice to Have' but that's about it.

Cons: This unit really fails on the actual hardware compatibility.

The product did not work on my 64bit Vista with existing Intel Matrix Raid 5 configuration, Asus Formula 1 MOBO w/ SLI configured. I couldn't get pass a BIOS error 'VGA BIOS' when the PCI card was installed without removing SLI support and when I did get pass the BIOS the software drivers failed to detect the card was installed.

So I tried another unit/workstation Asus Mobo w/ existing JBOD Raid and no SLI but 64bit Vista but didn't work again.

From the drivers list and manufacturers' web site... the 64bit should work but no cigar. manufacturers' web site leaves a lot to be desired for... take a look for yourself.

Other Thoughts: Spent too much time on this prod. Though I purchased this unit with 3 1.5TB drives ... I decided to return it and reconfigured my entire computer with the 3 1.5TB instead.

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  • Michael N.
  • 10/21/2009 3:41:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBlue screen of death

Pros: Looks like a good solution (if it worked)

Cons: The included card caused a Dell Poweredge 1800 running win2003 32 bit to blue screen.

"hardware error, contact manufacturer for assistance"

Subsequent reboots had the bios reporting PCI-Express interface error with hex codes.

no problems after removing the card

Other Thoughts: it might be ok with another card, will try again with a compatible card from another manufacturer.

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  • Edward A.
  • 10/4/2009 4:29:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis box rocks!!

Pros: Really easy installation ..far easier than I had anticipated reading some of the reviews!! The computer I installed it in did not have an available PCI Express slot so I could not use the card it shipped with. I purchased a SYBA Sil3124-2 PCI card and it worked like a charm. Using with 5 1TB Samsung drives. Just ordered another one!

Cons: Fan a little loud on high setting ...but it cools!!

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  • Chris F.
  • 9/21/2009 4:42:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks for me

Pros: - The provided sata controller works fine under Debian 5.0.
- I haven't had any problems with Linux seeing the drives.

Cons: - The device is somewhat loud, but not unbearably so.
- The initialization of the sata controller at boot time is kinda slow (~20-35seconds)

Other Thoughts: I didn't mess with builtin raid, I just let device show the drives as a bunch of disks. Linux sees all the installed drives just fine. I setup a software RAID across the drives.

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  • William E.
  • 9/16/2009 8:01:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far, so good!

Pros: After reading many of the reviews here, after picking this up with 5 1.5 TB Seagates, I considered simply running it as a JBOD for my media pc. But I figured I'd take a stab at running it RAID 5. Following the directions from Quizabuck below, it seems to work and was astonishingly painless to set up , about 5.5 TB total built--

1) Install the Raid Card and let Vista search and install the drivers (don't plug the enclosure in yet)

2) Plug Enclosure into card and run the install CD

3) Install the .msi in Windows_SataRaid5_Management_Utility/WinXP64_2003 (I forget the .msi file name, but its the x64 one)

4) Run the Raid 5 Manager program (shortcut is on your desktop)

4a) For some reason when I first double clicked the Raid 5 Manager program WinRAR opened it. I closed it and then did a right click-->open and the Program started fine.

5) From here you can follow the included instructions or the PDF from the CD.

6) Once the Raid is setup you can format the Disk using D

Cons: None so far, cheap and seems to work well so far.

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  • gary m.
  • 8/19/2009 7:57:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't work

Pros: Nice case
Theoretically works on Mac

Cons: Doesn't work out of the box
Doesn't seem to power/spin up drives
Made in China
confusing installation and web documentation - what product am I really installing here? Sil3132, 4XXX or Amselectorinics Venus T5?
online docs not good - last updated in 2007 (compatibility chart)

Other Thoughts: I bought this with 5 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" drives. The drives mounted nicely, nice case, installed the tiny PCI card with no issues, seated and use screws to fasten in ok, power everything up, and all LED's are red, and I don't hear drives spinning up or heads moving around. Not sure where to get support either, if I go to the silicon image website, and click on the phone icon I get a SQL error..

do I HAVE to flash the bios? (will need to resurrect a PC to do that)

I should have read the reviews better.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/7/2009 1:15:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Value For Home Use

Pros: I have 3 of these units one for about 20 months. They are fast enough for a home media server and almost as fast as my internal drives. The case is quality aluminum
and well built. You have to be sure that things are lined up well before using the plastic latch on the trays or it could break. I havn't had any problems though. I am using 1tb and 2 tb WD drives in a non raid configuration. For me it was simply plug it in and get a device found message. It even works with a $6 usb to esata converter. The trays also interchange with the AMS 5 into 3
drive adapters that I have in all of my towers. The fans are a bit loud but things do stay cool even on low setting. I'd get another but I'm almost out of drive letters. :)

Cons: None for me but I didn't try raid yet.

Other Thoughts: These are a great way to expand storage capacity. I tryed one with my netgear media player through the USB port with a cheap adapter and it appeared to work fine. Don't lose the flat top drive screws. They are unique and it would be hard to find more.

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  • Jerry B.
  • 6/17/2009 12:22:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat, while it worked

Pros: Lots of storage, easy solution for those with a bunch of portable drives to concentrate onto one system. I used mine as a media server, with the intent of swapping drives as I got it full.

Cons: Took a while to set up, based on my not seating the card in the Mobo solidly. Tech support was awful. I could barely understand them due to the thick accent. I would get random shutdowns from time to time, forcing me to restart the unit. Now it has died, with less than a year of use. I swear, if it jacked my drives, I am going to scream.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a place to store lots of data and swap drives, I suggest you look further.

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  • Lewis W.
  • 6/4/2009 6:54:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: 5 bays, Raid 5. 4TB of space in a small form.

Cons: It was great while it worked. It's broken twice in a year and I don't trust it anymore. I ended up buying a different enclosure (Drobo) instead. The RAID rebuilds are outrageous (took several DAYS, yes days, not hours). I had 5 WD 1TB drives (and yes I turned the error recovery off).

Other Thoughts: Don't waste your time or money. It's a good price for what it is, but it doesn't work. Their support sounded like it was in somebody's basement.
Not impressed at all.

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