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Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, compatible with Mac Mini
Cons: doesn't sing me to sleep with a lullaby
Other Thoughts: Got my new Mac Mini with the base configuration of ram. Also got these puppies. Opened my Mini, swapped out the ram in about 50 seconds, turned it back on - BOOM! Easy peasy lemon squeezy - it works perfectly.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: MASSCOOL UHB-3232 Aluminum 3.5" Silver SATA I/II USB 3.0 External Enclosure
Cons: Not recognized by my USB 3.0 hub, extremely hot, noisy, grinding
Other Thoughts: 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.
This review is from: LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 3TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive 302003
Pros: I bought three of these drives for backup devices. The 7200 rpm internal drive is great as is the real power button on the back. The button comes in very handy sometimes. The drives are very good looking, and the LED isn't the blistering blazing LED of some other drives.
Cons: Price is on the higher side compared to other 3tb drives, but the 7200rpm is what you're paying for.READ FULL REVIEW