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Rosewill Transclosure RX200R-APU3-25B External Hard Drive Enclosure - Dual Slots for 2 x 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: RAID1 at the touch of a switch - BUT...

Cons: The door/levers are very poor at seating the drives in their connectors. I was having problems with the computer locking up during some big-file transfers. It took me hours to figure it out as I had to turn off the power to regain control of the PC. MANY TIMES.

I replaced the drives with two others and same issue. Little files not so much of a problem, but big files it would lock everything solid and even the mouse cursor would disappear.

I decided to see what was on the two drives I had removed and instead of the data being identical on both one had some old stuff on it. They should have both been identical.

I turned the unit off and carefully opened the front lever/door just a tweak and one drive was kinda loose and flopped around a little when poked.

Using a plastic ruler I pushed the drive and it moved forward into the connector with a clunk. The other drive was seated OK and didn't move with the ruler. I plugged it in and powered up and no more problems.

I shut it down and removed both drives and then tried to install them using just the lever/doors to push them into the connectors as it was designed to do. Same issue, one drive did NOT go all the way in. This time it was the other side.

It seems the doors fail for two reasons, both poor design (I am a Mechanical Engineer) The first is that the door is not rigid enough to RELIABLY push the drive into the connector. It bows the door slightly and even pushing on that is still not enough to fully seat it.

The second issue is that the entire thing has been made about a 1/16" too long so even with the door flattened by pushing, it is still short of pushing the drive all the way in.

How do I know this? I removed the pins form the doors and tossed them away along with the front panel plastic shroud, keeping just the metal removal levers. I can now push the drives in visibly farther than they would go with the front plastic in place. To remove the drives I can grip the ends of the metal levers with needle nose pliers and pull.

It appears that the aluminum extrusion body is being cut a little too long. Probably a quality control thing. So, I have dropped my enthusiasm level to three eggs as the device works great when the drives are seated correctly. Just annoying that I had to waste several hours figuring it out and making the fix.

So, by all means get one, but remove the doors and manually push the drives into their connectors and all will be well.

Other Thoughts: I recently wrote this review...
Anonymous - 11/13/2015 2:25:03 PM

The firmware needs to have a Time-Out for drive read/write errors and release the process so that it doesn't lock up the computer waiting on it forever when something unexpected happens.

Rosewill Transclosure RX200R-APU3-25B External Hard Drive Enclosure - Dual Slots for 2 x 2.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Read the Manual!
Setting up is easy, set switch on back to "off" and do NOT plug in the USB, select the mode of the 4 available using slide switch. Be warned, the first and second options JBOD and 2LUN will look at the disk without doing anything. The two RAID options will clear the Partition so if you have data, then do NOT try a RAID option unless you don't care about the data.

Cons: Dropped one egg for these issues.
Manual is confusing, poorly written in places and the pics are not really representative of what you need to do.
Slide switch for mode selection is VERY difficult to slide to the second and third positions. Both switches on the back could be a 1/16" longer as it is easy for Mode to stick between JBOD and RAID0. The reset button is a perfect height.

Other Thoughts: I am using it in RAID1 mode with two 1TB HDDs and it was so easy to get working. Only one of the two drives appear in Drive Manager, AND I was able to use VeraCrypt (VC) and set it up as an encrypted drive. I mounted it in VC then copied some **big** files to it. Super fast. I then shut it down and took each drive out and checked them individually using a SATA adapter and both had identical data and both were encrypted. So easy I am buying another one in case this one dies. At $24.99 and free shipping awesome equipment and deal.

Just a happy customer, no connections or freebies here.

KINGWIN ADP-07U3 USB 3.0 to SSD & SATA Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Have to agree, not good 10/18/2013

This review is from: KINGWIN ADP-07U3 USB 3.0 to SSD & SATA Adapter

Pros: Looks and feels well made. The adapter connection to the drive feels solid and connects well.

When it works, the SATA-III and USB-3 speeds are great, but that does not happen often enough.

Cons: Drops the drive connection frequently.

The cable is very stiff so it pulls the USB plug at an angle unless you lay it all out perfectly relative to a the computer USB port and then put a weight on the cable so it can't be accidentally nudged.

A similar problem exists with the USB-B plug into the back of the adapter. That too is prone to slight movement. At any given time, the slightest bump of the desk can make it drop the connection.

If the adapter and a drive is plugged into the computer USB port and then win8 is cold-booted, it hangs at the first start up screen. I have to unplug the adapter from the USB port, then Ctrl-Alt-Del to restart the win8 boot cycle.

Other Thoughts: Having a thinner and more flexible cable soldered directly into the adapter would solve these issues. How do I know that? I bought a Syba SD-ENC50037 adapter which covers both those issues very nicely and in three months, it has never dropped a connection. Sadly, that is only a SATA-II adapter so it is slower.

Not worth shipping back, besides I have waited too long and a replacement would be no better if it has the USB


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