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Pros: *Light and solid plastic build.
*Spring locks keep 2.5 drives in place.
*Design allows to use a 3.5 bay and SATA data cables fit against each other nicely.
*Screw holes optional; depending on case but multiple holes allow perfect adjusting.
Cons: *The SATA power cables are very tricky to get right, the standard SATA power connector has at least 2mm or 3mm on each the top and bottom sides which prevents using 2 connectors without a lot of squeezing and twisting. This can easily damage the plastic on the hard drives.
To avoid this its best to use a ribbon SATA power cable where the wires come from the back of the connector and not the top/bottom sides.
Other Thoughts: 1 con aside its a very good design, mine holds my new SSD and a spare Scorpio Black on my desktop computer.
So far pleased with it.
Pros: After all the drama of the past 2 months I see no pros.
Cons: * Drive failed after 3 months.
* WD support tried to cheat on warranty.
* Replacement drive was wrong model and DoA too.
* WD support now trying to blame user.
Other Thoughts: Been a WD customer for several years and so far any drive replacements have been smooth and have gone without a hitch, I purchased this particular model for a My Book Live DUO to replace 1 of the drives that went bad. It worked for a while but then problems arose and went to RMA the drive.
In order to apply warranty the HD has to be registered in WD website, after this process the WD site said that my drive was out of region and had only a few days left of warranty even though it was 4 months old.
I sent my proof of purchase and after a few days they finally updated the right warranty date and sent me a replacement which arrived DoA and was also the wrong model drive.
I sent a 2nd RMA request and received a 2nd drive, this appears to be working so far.
Now I received email saying:
"Thank you for contacting Western Digital and we apologize for the inconvenience. Upon inspection of the drives returned under RMA, it was determined that the drives may have been altered and may not be eligible for replacement under WD’s limited warranty policy"
It sounds they are trying to blame me for the faulty drive.
WD Quality control and Quality Assurance are dropping several notches in a very snort period of time. They usually have had a commendable reputation but these last few weeks have been a pain.
Pros: * Light.
* Lots of airflow and cooling.
* Hot swap (Read below)
* Supports 4x8Tb 3.5 HD's
Cons: * Manual comes in 6 languages and none explain the device pros.
* No 2.5 mounts, must purchase separately.
Other Thoughts: I got this thing today and I'm very pleased, testing it with 3 different HD's and so far no complaints about it, the cage is S.M.A.L.L. it fits perfectly next to the computer or in some cases can fit inside the case itself (Needs 3x5.25 trays free for this) but hardly need it.
There were some discrepancies between the model in Newegg and the same model at Icydock, Spoke with Icydock support and they confirmed that it supports 4x8Tb drives and its fully hot-swappable WHEN using USB 3.0 connection. Play it safe, when you want to swap use the Unplug-USB device at the bottom, when the hard drive light turns off on the cage you can remove your HD and insert a new one. Transfer speeds are lower than expected but this is a know issue of mechanical drives. SSD drives would be much faster.
Overall I am pleased with this, no need to compress files or use other file systems to access files on Windows computer.
PS. The cord on the side is not for carrying, its the ribbon cable from back to front components. Don't tug it!