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This review is from: iStarUSA BPU-126-SA 1 x 5.25" to 6 x 2.5" SATA 6.0 Gb/s Hot-Swap Cage
Pros: This hard drive cage comes to the consumer market to emulate the feel of having a full fledged storage server in a value desktop budget... and it does the job great!
I have purchased 4 of these over the last couple of years and I can see myself purchasing one or two more now that the discount is almost half of the price.
All as been said already in previous reviews, the heavy and sturdy feel of the aluminum is impressive, the fact that it fits 6 drives in 1x 5.25'' bay is awesome, and having only 1 molex cable to power all 6 drives is brilliant!
I have a small storage server equipped with one of these and it's nice to see the purple LEDs in each drive flashing like Christmas lights in the dark when data transfers are being done, although I could do without the steady blue LEDs that indicate power.
Cons: Having to pass through and feed 6 sata (data) cables to it is still annoying, but then again it's helpful that each drive has its own sata line to achieve maximum combined performance. I would have liked if there was a similar unit with a back plane sata multiplier and only 1 sata cable coming out of it, but that would sacrifice peak performance of the drives as they all would have to share the same data cable.
The trays are not as "plug & play" as I wish they were, when you want to replace a hard drive you pull it out, unscrew 4 screws from the bottom to release it, put the new drive on it and apply the 4 screws again and only after that insert the tray back in the cage. It's not as fast of a process as in high end storage servers but it gets the job done.
Other Thoughts: All in all it's a great HDD cage, possibly one of the best you can find. Only had 1 of my 4 RMA'ed but that was due to improper shipping, as the unit got to me with one of its fans broken on the back and popped out of place. But Newegg promptly got me a new one for replacement.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very simple PC speaker, helpful for debugging some of those motherboards that don't come with one.
Cons: A bit pricey for something so basic and simple.
Other Thoughts: Like I said in the title, better to have and not need, than to need and not have. I repair computers on an almost daily basis so having at least a little beeper to help debug possibly failing motherboards and/or other components helps quite a bit.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is an inexpensive "consumer grade" hard drive but performs really well. I have 6 of them running on a 6-bay adapter that fits in a 5.25'' slot and the fact that it runs at 5400 RPMs makes it so that all of them together don't heat up too much even when working hard shoulder-to-shoulder with each others.
I have a 6 drive FreeNAS system running with these drives and it has been working flawlessly.
Cons: A couple of them were not very well packaged, I found them completely loose inside the box and for a while there I was afraid they would have been damaged with the bumps on the ride, but they ended up passing all exhaustive scans and intensive read/write tests, and SMART had nothing to report either.
Other Thoughts: I can't speak for their reliability as I don't have them for that long yet, but all 6 went through exhaustive read/write tests for over 24 hours before I put them in the NAS, and they all passed with flying colors.
The real test will be time but I have confidence in them.