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Pros: Inexpensive case. Feels like it is very well-built. Also includes 2 case fans standard. Has tool-less mounting rails and expansion card assembly. Comes with a lock for the drive bays and side access panel. Plenty of bays for expandability. Overall an excellent case for the price.
Cons: Included case fans can be somewhat loud. In my case, the fan in the front was pretty loud, but the fan in the back was fine so I ended up just removing the front fan. Interesting, since both fans are the same model (Jamicon KF1225H1LSAR). If this would bother you, it may be worth investing in some quieter fans.
Also, the 3.5" drive bay can be pretty hard to reach. It is right under an assembly for the power switch / audio ports / USB ports that comes out about an inch. I currently don't use it, but wondering how much an issue it would be if I decide to add an LCD screen there in the future.
Also misses a reset button. Not a big deal for me, but keep this in mind if you need one.
Overall not major enough flaws for me to take a full egg off the rating. Maybe 4.5 eggs would be more appropriate?
Other Thoughts: If you are looking for a good no-frills budget case, this is it! If you are willing to overlook the minor flaws, you would be getting a sleek, sturdy case for a great price. This was a first build for me and I found it easy to work with. Works like a champ housing my file server.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: StarTech HSB430SATBK 4 Drive 3.5in Trayless Hot Swap SATA Mobile Rack Backplane
Pros: Trayless design, easy front access to hard drives. Also can see drive activity if you decide to use included power adapters. Works exactly as advertised.
Cons: Requires 4 power connections. It can take SATA or Molex connectors, but you have to use the included Y-cable and Molex connectors if you want the activity lights in the front to work. Also fans are somewhat loud. My system fan and CPU fan are pretty quiet, so this is easily the noisiest part of my system.
Other Thoughts: Wish they would have wired the drive activity lights on the front internally instead of needing an adapter to feed the signal out the back through the power connector and then back in. Also wish they would not have required so many power connectors for this thing. Because of these design choices, the wiring behind the unit can easily become a mess (4 SATA cables + 4 power cables + 4 "loopback" connectors for the activity light, not to mention the 4 big Molex connectors dangling out the back because of the Y-cable instead of being plugged directly in).
Other than those two issues, the unit works great. I currently have two 1 TB drives inside this, running in RAID1 on a Debian server. Definitely like that I have room for expansion with two more bays. I haven't tried the hot-swap capability yet, but if your motherboard and OS support it, don't see why it wouldn't work.
This review is from: SYBA SY-IDE2CF-DU Dual Ultra IDE to 2x Compact Flash Adapter
Pros: Inexpensive and easy way to add 1-2 CompactFlash cards onto a single IDE port. Plugs straight into motherboard. Supports UDMA (make sure your CompactFlash card supports it).
Cons: Documentation is pretty lacking. I was banging my head for almost an entire day trying to figure out why it would find but not read my CF card until I plugged in a 4-pin Berg connector from my power supply into the pins sticking out the side of the adapter. Also doesn't feel like it seats entirely secure (wiggles quite a bit when plugged into the motherboard), but haven't had any issues yet with the CF card dropping out.
Other Thoughts: I have been using this to run the OS drive on my file server running Debian. Had some issues initially with the boot-up taking ridiculously long (30 minutes) with Grub, but not sure if that's because of my CF card (4 GB SanDisk Extreme III) or the adapter. Switched to LILO and boot-up is now fast. It has been running great in my file server for the past 6 months.
I am only using one CF card on the master side currently, so I haven't tested the adapter with 2 cards installed yet.
Display Name: Marc C.
Date Joined: 06/20/08
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