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3 out of 5 eggs Good product if you know what you're doing, but still a mixed bag 08/17/2009

This review is from: SANS DIGITAL TR2UT-B JBOD, Spanning, RAID 0, 1 2 3.5" Drive Bays USB 2.0, eSATA 2 Bay SATA to USB 2.0 / eSATA JBOD / Spanning Enclosure

Pros:

Price seems right for this product. The enclosure build quality is just fine. Overall not bad. The fan is replaceable. Firmware does support 2TB drives.

Cons:

The fan in this enclosure is much too loud. I can hear it over all three on my PCs in my office including my server. Maybe the other reviewers don't take noise control as seriously as I do.

The model number of the included fan is DF128025SL which is rated at 29CFM and 24dBA. But in that enclosure it makes a whooshing sound.

I suggest replacing the fan with this model: ENERMAX Marathon Enlobal 80mm (24CFM, 14dBA). It’s an easy replacement to do. You will need to find a 3 pin to 2 pin converter, or just clip the leads and replace.

Also, don't even try to run this enclosure with anything but a SIL3132 chipset. It just won't work. I tried everything from AMD SATA host controllers to Intel to Highpoint. None will work. Save yourself time and effort and buy the “SYBA SD-SA2PEX-1E1I PCI Express SATA II Controller Card” here on NewEgg when you buy this enclosure.

Other Thoughts:

I did check the firmware on the enclosure as described in another post below. It's newer than anything on the SiliconImage website.

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  • Alan V.
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