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This review is from: EVERCOOL SHDC-E Aluminum HDD System Cooler
Pros: very rigid, solidly built
Cons: about 60% too much metal (therefore, price), poor fit in drive bay
Other Thoughts: The metal is so thick/sturdy, there is no need for the device to completely surround the edges of the fan and attach with 8 screws. The rails could be cut in half lengthwise to create 2 separate fan holders.
The rails extend past the fan approx 1/2" at both ends. Why? Pointless. This prevents my CM Stacker bay covers from attaching - by a long shot - not a minor amount that could be filed down (hack-sawed off, yes). Further, with a couple more holes drilled in the rails in the proper locations, the device could be mounted vertically (behind mesh bay covers for instance as intake) and would take up only 3 drive bays. As designed, not practical.
It's 2-3mm shy of standard 5.25" width bay devices, which is considerable in PC tolerances. I had to use 3 toolless rails (2 on one side, 1 on the other - and yes the device was off-center) to get it to fit in a bay and it was still loose. Non-toolless mounting would be the only practical way for me to mount it if I actually planned to use
This review is from: BYTECC HD-BOX35B 3.5" Hard Drive Protection Box
Pros: Keeps drive immobile inside with dense anti-static foam cushion inside cap, cap and body overlap slightly to keep dust out (not an adequate seal to keep out moisture though)
Cons: Hinge seems very flimsy
Other Thoughts: Can't imagine the hinge lasting very long, especially under heavy use. Should be a second latch instead.
Fit an older 3.5" IDE and newer full-height and half-height 3.5" SATAs with no problem.
This review is from: SYBA 5.25" Mobile Rack for SATA II, SATA Interface; HDD Support, CL-HD-MROF
Pros: Easy mounting, easy operation, drive held in place very firmly, lock is independent of door latch, door assists in loading the drive during insertion and ejecting the drive (about an inch) during extraction.
Noise/vibration dampening: Two metal arms attach the main unit to metal posts on each mounting rail. The arms are isolated from the posts by silicone grommets. This makes the unit feel flimsy in hand but it's quite solid once mounted.
Cons: Just barely a con: Power/in-use LED not integrated; must be manually connected during installation from the back of unit via a supplemental connector on the included SATA to molex power adapter. (This will not be a problem for most people but it was for me; see *Other thoughts* for further info.)
Other Thoughts: Works flawlessly with my new full-height Western Digital drive and my new half-ish-height Seagate drive.
Lock works smoothly upon quick test/examination but I have no ongoing use for it.
The drive is held in place VERY tightly by the closed door. Because of this, the door latch is under a lot of tension when closed on a drive. To save wear on the latch, push in on the left edge of the door with your thumb to relieve the tension before pulling open the latch with your index finger.
Con explanation: I'm using the unit with a Rosewill SATA to IDE adapter to connect to an IDE controller on an older motherboard. The adapter connects right up to the SATA connection on the back of the unit with no problem but this config also prevents me from connecting the power/in-use indicator LED so no pretty light for me.