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This review is from: BYTECC ME-747U2/BK Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB 2.0 External Enclosure
Pros: Would be great if it worked. This is a retraction of my previous review. I still like the fan idea however.
Cons: After a day or so of operation, my drives started randomly spinning down and back up, during writes even, caused data loss. I also had another fanless BYTECC that did the same thing, and another reviewer also had this problem. Switched to Apricorn (more $$) and no further problems. I had three drives and four BYTECC cases (two different types) to try at one point, they all did it. I had a power conditioning UPS too, nothing helped. I had them for about two weeks before I figured out what it was, I got the UPS (thought dirty power might be it), two more drives (I thought the drives were bad). I read somewhere that Apricorn is a top-brand, so I tried them, they are certainly top dollar, but it works now, finally.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APRICORN EZ-BUS-DT-KIT Aluminum 3.5" IDE USB 2.0 Backup & External Storage System
Pros: Super quiet, keeps drive cool. Fan centered above the drive electronics, best place for it IMHO.
Cons: Large aluminum stand, some might like it, but not so great in a laptop bag. I leave it at work. The cooling vents are exposed just fine without the stand.
Other Thoughts: How to get it apart (no doc on this). 1) lay it down flat on its four feet (without the stand), pull the top half out straight up, clam-shell-like but straight. 2) the four rubber inserts on each side of the case are designed with one short and one long protuberance each. I think you are supposed to pull out only the short one. If you pull out the long one it is harder to get it to go back in (a small screwdriver will do it). How to align the screw holes: The cables act like springs, pushing the drive to one end, the drive holes are exposed even like this (Apricorn designed it well). Bend the cables to reduce this effect, and hold the case with the front end up to cause the weight of the drive to overcome it. Once you get one or two screws in loosly, you can center the drive, tighten one, and the rest will go in easy.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BYTECC ME-350U2(V3)-BK 3.5" USB 2.0 Aluminum External Enclosure
Pros: Looks cool I suppose, nice bright LED's.
Cons: Like the other reviewer, after a few days of use my drives began to randomly spin-down and back up again. Like the drive thinks a power failure is happening. This became a nightmare for me. I bought two of these and then bought two other Bytecc cases (with a fan, thought it might be a heating problem). I bought a third drive from another manufacturer thinking mine were bad, it spins down and back up too. Two of my Bytecc cases do this, the other two probably do too, but I don't run them enough to find out. Find another brand.READ FULL REVIEW