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Pros:

Trayless, no screws, no mounting brackets to mix up
uses oxford sata to FW chipset, compatible with booting ppc macs
fast and inexpensive

Cons:

weak plastic tabs holding the drives in, one of them broke, had to remove it.
uses an inexplicable custom USB A to A cable to connect via USB rather than standard A to B cables. Not a big deal to me because I don't use the USB interface, but it could be a hassle to have to dig up a custom cable.

Other Thoughts:

I've only used it in JBOD mode, so I can't comment on the RAID performance. Though you can hot-swap the drives, it causes both of them to momentarily disconnect while you do, even the one you're not switching; I'd recommend powering down completely before you do it just for safety.

The niggling physical problems really bring down what could otherwise be a solid device. But I guess at this price they had to cut corners somewhere...

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  • Charley R.
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year


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