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macally PHR-S100SUA Aluminum 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Solid construction, substantial, dissipates heat well, relatively easy installation at a very nice price. I have three of these things, and I've never had a problem with them. Whenever I need a new external drive I get one of these babies. They're great! I use the Firewire (IEEE1394) connector, and they always perform well.

Cons: The indicator light is a little bright. It's not worth deducting an egg, but if you're sitting in an otherwise dark room with one of these on, you could almost read a book by the light of the indicator light.

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ICY DOCK MB453SPF-B 3 in 2 SATA I, II & III Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The unit is very well designed. It allows you to remove a hard without much hassle. The mechanism to release the drive is easy enough to use, but cannot be tripped accidentally.

Cons: It would be nice if hard drive replacement in the bracket could be made quicker. You have to screw the drive into the bracket. It would be nice if they came up with a way so you didn't have to use screws; just snap out the old drive, snap in the new and just push it back into the module. This isn't really a big con, certainly not worth deducting any eggs. But if anybody at Icy Dock reads these things, this would be a very nice feature.

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SUPERMICRO CSE-512L-260B Black 1U Rackmount 14
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Great small size 1U rackmount chassis if all you need is a small case with only one hard drive.

Cons: There is space for two hard drives, but it's very difficult to fit two drives in there. One drive fits fine, but it's still a bit of a challenge to get it in, especially if you have big fingers.

Part of the problem with getting a second drive in there is the old style Molex power connectors for the hard drives. I had problems with the Molex to SATA power adapter getting in the way of at least one of the mounting screw holes for the hard drive, making it virtually impossible to seat the drive properly. It seemed the only way for the power wires/adapter to go was under the hard drive (which isn't such a good idea anyway). It also made it so the case would not close properly.

Other Thoughts: Others have mentioned that the front panel connector is proprietary Supermicro, meaning that it is a single connector that fits the panel pins on Supermicro motherboards perfectly. This is only a drawback if you use motherboards other than Supermicro. Since I use Supermicro motherboards exclusively for my servers, I consider this an advantage rather than a drawback.

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Display Name: Robert C.

Date Joined: 11/17/05

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 06/14/08
  • Last Review: 04/23/11
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