- USB 3.0
Works - sort of 12/12/2012
This review is from: MASSCOOL UHB-3232 Aluminum 3.5" Silver SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Not recognized by my USB 3.0 hub, extremely hot, noisy, grinding
I thought these would fit the bill. I was moving from an ancient Mac Pro to a Mac mini and needed to keep my HDDs happy and connected. I ordered 4 of these Masscool enclosures since they were relatively attractive and affordable.
They become so incredibly hot to the touch! My LaCie Porsche P'9230 drives never ever get this hot.
They are very noisy. Yesterday my computer was idle, and the drives were just grinding and grinding and grinding away. My mac had already indexed the drives via spotlight, carbon copy wasn't running - there was no reason for the drives to be grinding like that, but they were grinding away. It made me worried that the controller in the enclosure was misbehaving.
The real kicker was that my Mac Mini 2012 (and my MacBookPro 13" late 2012) would only recognized the USB 3.0 connection when directly connected to the computer. The drives wouldn't show up at all via the USB 3.0 hub. My LaCie drives, my WD drives, and my ioSafe Solo 3TB all connect via the USB hub just fine. These enclosures wouldn't play.
So, back to newegg they go.
I ended up purchasing two additional LaCie P'9230 drives to replace my old HDDs altogether. That's how worried I am about the integrity of the drives after the Masscool grinding fiasco.
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