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AMS VENUS DS-DS3RPRO2 Aluminum / Plastic 3.5" Black SATA I/II/III USB3.0 & eSATA 2 Bay Hot-Swappable RAID Storage Enclosure

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  • USB3.0 & eSATA
  • Aluminum / Plastic
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Thomas M.
  • 6/23/2015 11:45:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsaddendum

Pros: see previous post

Cons: see previous post

Other Thoughts: I forgot to add that when we (Tech Support and I) narrowed down the problem to the unit rather than the drive, the response was "All drives are not guaranteed to work with the DS3RPRO2." I'll see if I can do an exchange through NewEgg instead of directly with AMS.

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  • Thomas M.
  • 6/23/2015 6:11:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works (for the most part - see Cons), supports 4TB drives, easy setup/configuration, solid construction, USB3 support, good price

Cons: ***Disowns drives***, drive latch pops open easily (but this doesn't affect drive connection), loud fan (which can be turned off as needed), "sticky" drive slides, no RAID management software included (can be downloaded from third party site)

Other Thoughts: ***DISOWNS DRIVES*** You are probably thinking "disowns" is an odd term to use, but it is the most appropriate. After a power outage, it wouldn't recognize one of the drives (WD 4TB RED). After installing the JMicron RAID utility, I saw that it it listed the drive as unavailable due to a "Page 0 Damage" error. I took the drive out, connected it to my desktop, and determined that it still works perfectly. Even after properly prepping the drive per Tech Support (basically, removing the partition), the DS3RPRO2 refuses to accept the drive. Apparently the JMicron chipset has permanently marked this drive as unusable to it even though it is perfectly good. Doing some research, I have found that the JMicron chipset does this with other brand RAID units, too. So, now I have an expensive 4TB drive that I cannot use in my RAID unit and have to buy another to keep my data protected. Until it disowns another drive.

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  • Michael D.
  • 3/23/2015 10:33:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks, but LOUD

Pros: Works. Easy to setup, just plug-and-play. Supports 4TB drives.

Cons: Drive rails are stiff and don't slide smoothly. The latching "buttons" are flimsy, and the drive handles keep falling open. The fan is EXTREMELY LOUD, which may be a problem in some settings. (I'm planning to replace with a high-quality quiet 50mm fan, but haven't had a chance to do so yet.) Not the quality I was hoping to get for the price.

Other Thoughts: You may not be able to use eSATA to access both hard drives with certain devices. I was able to use USB3 to get access to both drives through my Netgear Router.

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  • Gregory L.
  • 12/2/2014 2:20:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLoose handles, otherwise great

Pros: Price, nice and quiet, USB 3 performance, RAID capable.

Cons: Button release on hot-swap drive sleeves don't hold handles shut very well

Other Thoughts: All in all I really like this unit so far. My only complaint is the hot-swappable drive holders don't seem to lock very well when closed. The handle folds up and should be held in place (locked) by a small button...but the button doesn't seem to come down far enough to properly grab the handle. The only way I can get it to stay locked is to forcefully press that button down towards the handle. I'm not too optimistic that these would stand up to repeated hot-swapping. Not a big deal for me because I don't expect to be swapping a huge number of drives out all the time. Also not what I'd consider to be "broken", so not a warranty issue per se. But I expected it to lock in place a bit better right out of the box. If those worked better this would be a 5-egg review.

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  • terry m.
  • 8/19/2014 5:33:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMS VENUS DS3RPRO2

Pros: I didn't see an option to update my previous review so I'm adding another. Just purchased another box to replace my second failed icydock raid1 enclosure in two years. I removed the two drives from the icydock and placed them in this enclosure. Connected it to my Tivo and it booted up perfectly. I'm thrilled with this enclosure. So glad I did not lose all the data on the Tivo. Don't know why my two icydocks failed but I'll never buy another icydock.

Cons: none

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  • terry m.
  • 8/15/2014 6:14:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMS VENUS DS3RPRO2

Pros: Great raid1 box for the price. I have 7 of these boxes connected via esata. Bought my first over a year ago and have never had a problem with any of them. Using WD Red 3TB drives. But recently purchased 2 HTHC 4TB NAS drives on sale and they are working great as well. I even bought 2 SSD drives and installed them in one box using adapters and they are working great as well.

Cons: It would have been convenient if they had designed it with screwless drive installation but its not a deal breaker. The drive latches are a bit touchy as others have noted but all 14 latches have stayed closed. A minor design flaw but it's still a good box.

Other Thoughts: Got tired of my raid5 arrays failing and losing data using onboard raid on the motherbord. So I have switched to external raid1 esata boxes. It's been reliable for the last couple years. With hard drive prices dropping, raid1 is the better option.

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  • James K.
  • 8/13/2014 10:57:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat product

Pros: Works as advertised.
Very easy setup.

Cons: Agree with others about the bay latches being very sensitive.

Other Thoughts: I got around the sensitive bay latches by buying one of those long white eraser refills. I cut it to fit between the latch and the top of the tray. If you cut it just a little long, it's rubbery enough stay in place, hold the latch tightly closed, and allow for you to get into the bay.

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  • Adam J.
  • 6/29/2014 8:44:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsPretty Awful

Pros: It can work, and when it does it is fairly fast

Cons: Must have a loose connection or something, because one drive almost always ends up being dropped by the Venus resulting in a sudden end to data transfer, whether it's trying to grab a homework before class, streaming a movie, or playing a game. Always freezes up in the worst time.

A horrible hassle to get Windows to recognize it, often forcing me to restart. If I don't get a prompt telling me Windows needs to run check disk on it, I know something is wrong, which is in itself wrong. I haven't been able to have it actually work just by plugging it in to a PC that's already on.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to accommodate my latest mITX build, which only has space for one full SSD and one mSATA SSD. I now am looking to buy a different case so I don't need to rely on poor hardware.

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  • Russell S.
  • 5/30/2014 12:40:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat product but!!!

Pros: The hard drive enclosure works with 3 and 4TB drives works wiht USB 3 and 2 just fine. By the way i'm using it on a older I7 system that dose not support 3 and 4TB drives and it work with USB 2.

Cons: Only problem with this drive enclosure is the latches on the drive sleds they have a very cheap feel and dont lock right.

Other Thoughts: If your not going to be hot-swappable drives or moving this unit it will be fine, if they fix the latches this will be a great product hands down and I'd give it 5 eggs.

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  • Frederick S.
  • 5/20/2014 9:04:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsAMS DS-DS3RPRO2

Pros: Looks nice. :)
it just arrived yesterday, and I haven't actually used it yet, so its hard to say. I will post more later if anything notable comes up.

Cons: As other reviewers have noted, the latches don't hold well. more below.

it would be nice if the fan switch (on the rear) had a low/high option, since other reviewers have noted it is kinda noisy.

Other Thoughts: The latches are odd: when there is no drive in the sled, they slide in and latch fine. when there IS a drive in the sled, they still latch fine AS LONG AS IT ISN'T SHOVED ALL THE WAY INTO ITS SLOT. This makes me think that the drive (at least the ones I got) are just a tad longer than the housing designers expected, preventing the sled from going in the last little fraction of a millimeter.

however, I expect to be able to deal with it.

though I didn't buy from NewEgg, I'm posting the comment here, as the place I did buy it doesn't have any comments at all, and I wanted to add my thoughts on the latch issue here.

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