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Western Digital WD Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent transfer rates, cool operation, huge capacity

Cons: wish it had a higher RPM

Other Thoughts: Got 6 of these setup in a raid 5 for a media server. Have had zero problems with the drives, even with them all packed together with little airflow. Peak drive temperature is 105. Performance is awesome...

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ICY DOCK MB453IPF-B 3 in 2 3.5' SATA I & II Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 3 hard disks in two 5.25 bays, supports SATA and SAS disks, primary and secondary ports for SAs, activity indicator, solid construction, removable fan. Toss in some 2GB drives, and you have some serious storage capacity.

Cons: When they say it occupies two 5.25 bays, they mean it... it is a snug fit, no room to spare. Depending on your case, you may have to wiggle it a bit to get it in. I have two of these, and on one of my cases, it went right in, on the other it was little tight on the sides, but did fit.

Other Thoughts: I feel this product has gotten a bad reputation from previous reviews. I will admit the "User Manual" is light, but I have seen much worse. All you really need to know is documented in the manual: The drive lights are green when powered on, turn amber on disk activity, and turn red on disk fail (if you hook the 6 pin header up to your raid card). Yes there are two "sata" ports per drive on the back, the orange one is for the primary channel, the black one is for the secondary channel (SAS only). Sata disks only support one channel, SAS disks can support 2 data channels. If the unit gets too hot, it sounds an alarm and the temperature light goes on red. The audible alarm can be silence with press of a button. Same story with the fan (assuming you left it attached), if the fan fails, the fan indicator lights red, and the alarm sounds. The only thing that would make this product better was if it had an embedded enclosure management chip to simplify status indicators.

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Glendon L.'s Profile

Display Name: Glendon L.

Date Joined: 03/18/03

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 07/28/09
  • Last Review: 08/07/09
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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