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AMS DS-236TL 3.5" Tray-less 3-IN-2 SATA Backplane Module

  • Capacity: 3TB or above
  • Host Interface: SATA or SAS
  • Disk Interface: SATA I / II / III
  • Interface Transfer Rate: up to 6 Gbps
  • Form Factor: 2 x 3.5" bay (3 in 2)
  • Indicator: LED power and HDD access (
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Learn more about the AMS (American Media Systems) DS-236TL

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Brand
AMS
Model
DS-236TL

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Specifications
Capacity: 3TB or above

Host Interface: SATA or SAS

Disk Interface: SATA I / II / III

Interface Transfer Rate: up to 6 Gbps

Form Factor: 2 x 3.5" bay (3 in 2)

Indicator: LED power and HDD access (blue)

Power: 15Pin SATA x 2 power and 7Pin data x 3 connector

Operating Temperature: 5 to 35 Degrees C

Material: Aluminum Frame and placstic bezel

Dimension: 7.64" x 5.71" x 3.35"

Weight: 1.8 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Anonymous
  • 6/19/2014 8:49:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent way to stack hard drives

Pros: I needed a way to stack more hard drives in my home server since the case only had 3 hard mounts for 3.5" drives.

- Solid build construction
- Has 3 bays
- Integrated fan for air cooling
- Trayless
- Hot swappable
- Lockable to prevent accidental drive removable

Cons: Only issue I have encountered is the cooling performance. I had to switch the fan to high to get decent cooling but it's a bit noisy. It seems like the airflow is constricted due to the design.

Other Thoughts: Trayless hot swap feature has been great. The top two bays are dedicated to my RAID 1 backup drives. The third bay I use to swap multiple hard drives to access content on them. I had this running 24/7 in my home server for a year now without any issues.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2014 4:35:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice but read to make sure you know what you're getting yourself in to

Pros: * Nice brushed aluminum box.
* Nice feature for the tech savvy that deals with a bunch of hard drives.

Cons: * Switch to turn the LEDs off doesn't work
* This device has a indention for the tray that is between the 5.25 bays, the bit of metal in the case that is meant as a type of shelf for the 5.25 components. The indention on the device wasn't deep enough so it wasn't able to fit in my tower. I had to cut away some of the metal off the shelf in my case so this would fit. I bought two of these so I had to do it twice for my case.
* Could have been designed better so there would be better air flow. There is no vent on the front to take in air and the fan on the back is sitting against the circuit board with there being no holes in the circuit board to allow air through. My hard drives are running 10 degrees hotter from before when I just had a single small fan sitting in-front of all three.
* You can hear the fan, it is not silent so if you're planning this for a silent built you may need to make some altercations.

Other Thoughts: Even with the above cons I still do like the device, I just wish I wouldn't of had to modify my new case just to get these(I bought two) to fit and again I do with it had better air flow, I may see if there are any modifications I can do to improve the air flow.

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  • Orion G.
  • 3/11/2013 9:47:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood - be careful though

Pros: Works well - great construction and so far so good - loaded with lots of hard drives, cloned lots of drives very easy pop them in and out and done - no need to open the side panel and mess with loose wires anymore - fan works fine low or high and is not too loud.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I did have one issue - I had a hard drive installed in my computer plugged in directly to the SATA2 port on the mobo. What I did was something you should try to be careful about...

I have SATA configured as a RAID because I used to run RAID 0 on this computer, moved disks around over the years etc, anyway

I took out my main boot drive (raid enabled - even though it was a lone drive) and I put it in this Trayless Backplane.

Booted into Win7 64 once, and the drive (OS actually) was acting strange and running slow. I figured it wasn't a good idea to have moved over the primary boot drive to this device so I pressed the power button to power off the system.

I moved the drive back to its original SATA2 port and rebooted

The master boot record got corrupted! Drive would not post - would not "repair" tried to fix it, etc no fix - all data fine but MBR toast and I still have not been able to boot from that drive - so just be cautious in this regard.

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  • George K.
  • 2/7/2013 5:40:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery nice

Pros: Well-built, feels sturdy, looks cool fits nicely in two 5.25" bays, holds 3x 3.5" hard drives without having to screw them into a tray. Cool, aesthetic LED's on the front panel glow blue when inactive and flash purple/reddish during activity (it's a pleasant flashing, not likely to give you an epileptic seizure).

The trayless design is very nice to work with - just slide in a drive and close the door. Each door has a lock on the front, which isn't secure from intruders (the key is generic), but will prevent you from accidentally pulling a door open and ejecting a drive.

I just installed this and it went great. It is a perfect fit in my case. Just mount it to the case, plug in the power/sata cables in back and slide in your drives. Use your motherboard's RAID controller to set up RAID.

Cons: None so far! But I've only just installed it.

Other Thoughts: There were not many reviews for this product, so I bought it with a leap of faith. So far I'm very impressed, and would recommend it to anyone.

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  • david m.
  • 10/14/2012 11:52:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStraight forward way to mount a bunch of drives in the front

Pros: I was looking for a way to access the drives from the front of a HAF X case and eliminate the internal drive bays and this worked well. Allows you to slide your 3.5" HDD drives in the bay in the front of your machine.

Cons: Look at your motherboard to see how many SATA ports you have because if you want to use all 3 bays you need to hook it up to 3 SATA ports on your motherboard. Looks like there are SATA controller boards that you can plug into your PCI-E slots but I haven't tried any yet.

Other Thoughts: I opened up the inside of my HAF X case by removing all the internal hard drive cages and moving all the drives to the 5.25" external bays. I like it.

I don't have enough drives or SATA ports on the motherboard so will have to investigate SATA controller cards sometime in the future.

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