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SNT SNT-SAC3051B 5x3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great product, but be prepared for poor documentation 09/15/2012

This review is from: SNT SNT-SAC3051B 5x3.5" Hard drive in 3x5.25" Bay Hot Swap SAS/SATA Backplane RAID Cage

Pros: I went with the SNT SAC3051B over other similar products because it has a bigger and more powerful fan, which is cool (get it, cool...). The fan has 2 settings, 2400 rpm and 3600 rpm. Since this server is in it's own room, I left the setting at 3600.

Cons: The biggest con is the poor documentation and results in losing one egg. That said, if you read the reviews here, you can learn what you need to know.

Other Thoughts: Useful tips:

1) As 12o points out (thanks bud!), there are tiny little push button power switches for each of the 5 bays. On first use you may have to press these buttons. The LED lights will come on to let you know the bay is powered up.

2) The back of the cage has three 4-pin molex power connectors and two sata power connectors. You DON'T have to connect all 5 up. I used the two sata connectors and it works fine.

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Western Digital RE3 WD7502ABYS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: We use WD RE3 750s and 500s in a number of raid systems. Compared to other brands, the WD RE3s have been the most dependable. We do occasionally have a drive go bad, but with over 70 drives installed, that is bound to happen.
We run raid 6, which will tolerate two failed drives. Typically if a drive dies it is only one at a time. HOWEVER, we did lose a fan in a computer once that cause over heating and we did lose two drives, so it can happen.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: The RE3s are for heavy duty (think continuous 24x7x365 use) and/or raid use. If your needs don't fit that description, you may be better off with the a WD Caviar or similar.

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ICY DOCK MB122SKGF-1B 5.25
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Nice looking unit, but...

Cons: I've had 8 of these installed in a raid tower. Over the past year 3 have failed mysteriously. In the end I traced the issue to a bad sensor. Basically the unit would complain that the drive was over heating, even though it wasn't even close to being hot. In the worst case unit would take the drive offline, thus screwing up the raid system.

'Supposedly' you can adjust the temperature setting for the alarm. I tried doing this in an effort to try to stop the units from taking the drives off line. Anyway, after several attempts of following the alarm setting instructions, I gave up as my setting never seemed to 'stick'.

For me these units are worse than a single star. They cost me A LOT of time and aggravation.

Other Thoughts: After researching alternatives I'm lean towards either a simpler design (no alarms, etc) in the form of the BYTECC BT-135E-BK (I have a few of these and never have had a problem), Or I'm also tempted to try the Granite Digital Sata Vue LCD Hot-Swap Tray. Unfortunately these latter units are not sold by New Egg.

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Display Name: Mark G.

Date Joined: 03/07/06

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 03/04/08
  • Last Review: 09/15/12
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