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Pros: Ridiculously high grade metal. ie like the old school 2001 Alienware case type. Very well built. Maybe too Well. So it's a con as well. It does find all 4 drives but again a Con. Very fast when it works.
Cons: Face Palm on myself. Port multiplier. Okay Newegg has one for eSata to USB 3.0 but no rating so I bought one else where. Not sure if it's that stick though (5/5 star) or Sans Digital. Neither of them replies to emails. But it has a bad tendency to go into standby and in Windows 7 that causes some hell. Mac has an option to keep the discs spinning but WIndows doesn't :( Also yeah it is plug and play but can cause issues eventually if you switch a disk. Also has issues if you stick the computer in hibernate. The drives don't come back so I have to reboot. And my Dell XPS L702X BIOS doesn't seem to like whatever system the 3.0 converter uses so I have to unplug it while the Dell boot screen is on then quickly insert it after that screen goes out. NewEggFlash didn't make a mention of needing a port multiplier. not sure if the 3.0 version needs one. The con on being well built? uh do you have nails? are they short? It's not coming off then. If they are a bit longer you might break them off. This thing is so tight basically required a professional flat head screwdriver to slowly remove the cover. (so you can put the thumb screws on. Other oddities. The power isn't true Sata. It's powered by Molex power. (4 wires each) Sata is 5 wires. (orange wire is missing) Now not looking inside my old white Vantec (taking it apart) I can't say much about this either but there are many molex to sata converters that convert with 4 wires. My tech knowledge into this design I have no idea what the orange wire does. (blush) And yes seriously what is it with BLUE. I don't mind it. Red, blue and green are good on the eyes in the dark but, ... to look professional one should put in a normal fan. Made of normal plastic. The clear plastic has a bad tendency to crack. Another Con. 4 drives?? uh well if you want to get the drives out don't the other it doesn't seem to like 4 drives in. And won't let me run much if my main drive is in the Disk 1 slot. Now if you don't want to run this as a JBOD but as a good single disk housing thru esata. putting it in Disk 1 seems okay but my Disk errors went from 1 to 9 in that amount of time. and S.M.A.R.T. hates this box. Both GsmartControl (it crashes) and HDD Guardian (it doesn't see the device thus the drives) Hates it. Only Speedfan seems to find most of them. Also a 300gb WD (Blue label) won't work in this thing.
Other Thoughts: Standby is my main issue with this. When it shuts the discs off it takes forever for windows to find the drives again. I got my converter thru datoptic, it's white. Seems well rated but some have reported issues in Windows 7. Without this $32 item I would have returned this unit. With it. I think I can live with the issues but still Molex power? It's powered by 2 Molex connectors so maybe running 4 drives on 2 not a good thing..Depending on if they are high powered drives or Green drives. Also gotta fix that BIOS issue. Might ask Dell about it but the warranty Died on Aug 3rd and I didn't renew because they can't seem to communicate. Always make sure you keep one of the techs emails . I see some of this as a BIOS issue. if Sans Digital has a forum board I'd love to know about it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Figured out after seeing the Neweggflash letter that this needs a port multiplier figured this out a day later. :( And thats not possible on a Laptop/notebook. However might have found a way around this. There is a port multiplier adapter for changing the eSata to a USB 3.0. Not cheap. found one for $33 though. And NewEgg didn't have one that was rated so had to go elsewhere. Kinda hoping a mini extension cord will ease the torque one the port though. (weight). But only way this would work. Hope it ships fast though or I'll have to return this.
Cons: Not very well thought out on plug in play. These drives aren't coming out without some muscle and the case must be taken off. If you can take the case/cover off without breaking an already short nail be my guest. Otherwise I had to jimmy it off with a flat screwdriver. Not all that thrilled about the thought of putting it back on. Rather just cover it with non conductive plastic. And who thought up putting in a BRIGHT blue LED fan in the back. It's not that powerful.
Other Thoughts: You need that Port Multiplier !! NewEggFlash didn't exactly put it up in big print. Sneaky. :( But it's hard for me to say no to a challenge. I have 3.0 ports lets see if that works. Does run a we bit warm on the hard drives. so not entirely sure what the fan is for. If this is an 80mm fan probably have ones that fit.. The drives slide in rather easy but they are a major scare to remove. Do like the LED lights for activity. Seem more accurate than the White Vantec I have which still puts off less blue light than this thing.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: StarTech.com 6 ft Black SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Extension Cable A to A - M/F
Pros: Rather long.
Cons: Doesn't work as a USB 3.0 cable. You need something to carry the signal down the line. Only way I've gotten this cable to work is plugging it into a USB 2.0 port. So unless you have a heavily powered line it won't work. Even one thats an External USB 3.0 hard drive. it won't work.
Other Thoughts: Any extender without a repeater on it is misleading in it's description :( I bought 3 cables from 3 websites none worked. Finally found out I needed a repeater..READ FULL REVIEW