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ICY DOCK MB455SPF-B 5 in 3 SATA I, II & III Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have four of these and really like them a lot, but had the same problem with one as Andy 10/30/12 (Burned up my drives)

Cons: Burned up two of my hard drives several years ago. The damaged drives were my loss, as with Andy. I finally figured out that the pins that the power connectors plug onto were protruding through the circuit board too far and coming in contact with the metal frames of some of the hard drives. Only certain drive slots were involved. I cut off the protruding tips and filed them as short as I could, and the same unit has been in service now for several years. I have bought more units since then, and thought the problem had been had corrected. If your unit was purchased recently, maybe ICY DOCK never did figure out what the problem was??

Other Thoughts: My earlier review concerning this problem seems to have disappeared, as well as those of others who also had this same problem. Some editing has apparently been done here. I'm not too happy about that.

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Lane's Headlight Lens Restoration Cleaner Restores Auto Headlights to New Condition
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Not a long term solution 01/16/2012

This review is from: Lane's Headlight Lens Restoration Cleaner Restores Auto Headlights to New Condition

Pros: Review dated 11/29/2011 sums up what you can expect from this type of restoration kit. If you are very careful, the lights can look pretty good when you get done, but the useful life of the restoration is short. Might be useful if you are going to sell the car soon, but not worthwhile doing if you intend to keep it.

Cons: Comments are based on using the 3M kit mentioned in the 11/14/2011 review. Using a power drill to grind off the clouded surface of the lenses as contemplated by 3M seemed much too risky to attempt because of the very high probability of damaging the adjacent painted surfaces. The same materials can be used to do the job by hand, but will take many, many hours. Within a few months the plastic that remains will again cloud up severely. I eventually replaced both headlight assemblies at a cost of about $150 each plus very significant labor costs for installation and realignment, i.e., the cost will probably be $600 to $800.

Other Thoughts: There are no shortcuts to solving this problem. The plastic material in your headlight lenses is old and has deteriorated. Even if you polish up the surface, it will soon cloud up again. The only long term solution is complete replacement, which is very expensive. If you have a good car, it is best to “bite the bullet” and replace the light assemblies; otherwise you probably need to think about replacing the car. A kit like this might help you get rid of the car without the problem being understood by the buyer. Be sure that the replacement car has glass headlight lenses. Headlight lens seem to cloud up much worse than other lights, perhaps because of the heat from the lights.

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NORCO RPC-470 Black 4U Rackmount Server Case 3 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great value, Very flexible case 09/07/2011

This review is from: NORCO RPC-470 Black 4U Rackmount Server Case 3 External 5.25" Drive Bays

Pros: This case is an incredible value. The no-nonsense design is extremely practical and well thought out, and there is great flexibility in how this case can be used. This case is very deep (26-1/8”, 27-¼” including handles), so care should be taken that enough space is available to accommodate it and provide space for airflow to exit at the rear. The case is very spacious and has a center wall with five 80mm fans that assure positive air movement from front to back. These fans limit the temperature rise to less than one degree centigrade from intake at the front to discharge at the rear. All fan noise is buried deep inside the case. With this arrangement, noise is more wind noise than fan noise, and is quite acceptable. Cooling would still be adequate if the speed of the five fans was greatly reduced. The optional fan positions at the front and rear panels exist because these panels are the same as used in the RPC-450, which are reliant on fans at these locations for cooling.

Cons: Care has been taken to turn over the edges of the steel parts inside the case to avoid raw edges. The flange of the rear panel was bent toward the rear and riveted to the tray that serves as the sides and bottom of the case. The edges of the steel were sheared toward the center of the rear panel, and no effort was made to remove steel fibers projecting from the inner edge of flange on the rear panel. A file needs to be used to remove these raw steel fibers to prevent flesh cuts, as well as incidental scratches to any painted surfaces that come into contact the rear flange. As the case comes assembled, hard drives must be removed or inserted at the rear of the hard drive bays. This necessitates removal of the hard drive bays from the case because there is insufficient room behind the bays to get drives in and out. All hard drives in the bay need to be disconnected to remove the bay. If fans are installed in front of the hard drive bays, they must be removed to get the bays out.

Other Thoughts: All parts are made such that the hard drive bays can be reversed to provide for removal or insertion of hard drives from the front. If this is done, the bays will be slightly closer to the front of the case. The grills for mounting optional front fans cannot be reinstalled; however, front fans are not needed for cooling and would be in the way when drives are to be removed & installed. The front door and filter will just clear the tips of the plastic slides that mount each hard drive. Holes were punched for the two screws that fix the hard drive bays in reversed position, but were not tapped, so you will need a #6-32 tap to be able to get these screws in. If long SATA data and power cables are used, it may be possible to remove & replace drives without even removing the top panel or any screws. Protective grills will be needed in front of the fans at the center of the case to avoid damage to adjacent cables.

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Display Name: Joseph E.

Date Joined: 11/28/03

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 01/17/08
  • Last Review: 01/18/13
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