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Seagate Barracuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Just plugged it into my ReadyNAS duo and it worked. It's totally silent. The ReadyNAS duplicated the other, older Seagate drive in the RAID pair. It runs cooler than the previous generation Barracuda

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Take this from me, you have to have redundancy of your backups. Be sure you get a backup solution and that it has redundancy in the drives.

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AMS VENUS DS-2316B2BK Aluminum 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Very nice little box 07/28/2006

This review is from: AMS VENUS DS-2316B2BK Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB 2.0 Black External Enclosure

Pros: Stays cool with the fan, absolutely quiet. You gotta feel for the vibration to know it's on.

Cons: Plastic front and back look nice, but I wonder when they'll break (of course, my HD might be trashed at the same time, but still!). cheap feel on the on/off switch

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these over the last 6 months or so. They cost more, but after leaving them on all night doing a backup, they are never even warm to the touch (unlike my earlier aluminum, fanless box) It's super quiet as well. It's nice that the power supply actually has a cord end (so it doesn't cover more power slots than it uses).

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AMS VENUS DS-2215B2BK Aluminum 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great Little Enclosure 07/28/2006

This review is from: AMS VENUS DS-2215B2BK Aluminum 2.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure

Pros: Small, very lightweight, doesn't require an external power source and haven't needed second USB port with my Samsung or Hitachi 5400rpm drives, stays cool at all times

Cons: Doesn't have rubber feet so it will scratch.

Other Thoughts: If you get a quiet,energy efficient laptop hard drive, then this box rocks! This is my second AMS Venus DS for 2.5" drives and I like it.

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Brian Y.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian Y.

Date Joined: 03/31/03

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 12/03/04
  • Last Review: 11/01/10
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