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SilverStone HDDBOOST HDD Accessory
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Follow-up 11/15/2012

This review is from: SilverStone HDDBOOST HDD Accessory

Pros: New life to older gear in the office. Surprisingly fast when used as directed. RMA went fast and the devices came up on the first go-around.

Cons: Initially bricked them while updating the firmware. Cabling is not intuitive - READ the directions and diagrams.

Other Thoughts: After initially bricking the two I bought, I sent them back for RMA and got some good advice. On initial use. Wire just the device, bring up the OS and wait for the driver to load. Reboot. With no drives attached, update the firmware. Shutdown. Attach the original drive. It DOES NOT go into the shell but outside it. READ the diagram and instructions carefully. Start the OS. check to see if it recognizes the drive. Shutdown. Attach the SSD and reboot.
You should be able to see it rebuilding. Leaving it up for days lets the data get stale. Either manually update the SSD cache or reboot regularly to keep it fast.
I have had it up for a few days now and the programs and some of the data load faster. Defraging the drive keeps your exe files near the front of the HDD and those get mirrored to the SSD.
I have noticed that the HDDBoost only seems to update itself when the OS kicks in. Doing multiple changes at once seems to confuse the HDDBoost and it chooses what it will do. Best to just follow the KISS method and reboot the computer between steps.

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IVIEW HFR2-SU3 RAID 0/1/3/5/10, JBOD, CLONE, Normal 4 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: East to setup, Hot Swap, different modes to suit different needs, form factor, quiet

Cons: Haven't found one yet

Other Thoughts: Bought it for a work project. Loaded it with four 2TB drives. Over the course of development we went from JBOD to RAID 10, and Normal modes. Settled on RAID 10 for speed and redundancy. The drive is fast, easy to load and use. When we changed mode, we changed the DIP switches and then hit reset! So easy!! We lost a HD tray handle and IView sent one to us very fast and out the door it went to a customer demo.
We have used several external RAID devices, and this one has none of the other issues. It's fast, doesn't rebuild constantly, quiet and variable fan, USB 3.0 or ESATA. Every one of our test servers can interface to it without issue.
If it can survive through the next quarter, we will probably be purchasing a few more.

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SilverStone HDDBOOST HDD Accessory
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Initial batch bust 10/26/2012

This review is from: SilverStone HDDBOOST HDD Accessory

Pros: Great idea, would use some of the older tech lying around the room

Cons: These are the FIRST batch production models with the original hardware. The firmware is marked 09xxxxx. Wasn't able to update them, just bricked them. More/better instructions are needed to support the older gear lots.

Other Thoughts: I don't know how long these have been sitting on the shelf, but the original firmware on them does NOT like to be updated like it says in their manual. Several attempts greeted me with errors and a reboot showed that both(2) were in some stage of a partial load and were inoperative. I attached the USB, but there was no rescuing them. Their software doesn't even see them. Its too bad, my BIOS can see my HDs, but Windows can only see the HDDBoost, and that's not talking. I have asked the manufacturer for advice or RMA (I don't want more of the first batch from Newegg). Lets see if SilverStone can get me working

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Display Name: Keith C.

Date Joined: 07/02/06

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  • Last Review: 11/15/12
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