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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
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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).READ FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW