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ioSafe SoloPRO 1TB USB 2.0 / eSATA 3.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Solid box, seems well built - does what it says operationally.

Cons: May not give you the protection you think you're getting. See "other thoughts".

Other Thoughts: Most hard drives (I just sampled the specs for 20 different drives) have a max non-operating temperature of 60-70 °C. That's 140-158 °F. The endpoint for the ATSM E119 Fire Endurance Test used to rate this enclosure occurs when either all temperature sensors in the box (multiple are used) reach an average of 250°F + ambient starting temperature, or any individual temperature sensor exceeds 325°F + ambient starting temperature, or when the there is burnthrough. If your ambient temperature is 70°F, that's failure at 320°F (avg) to 395°F (max). These temperatures are MUCH higher than the max non-operating temperature specified for most hard drives by the manufacturers, so you'll likely need to use the DR service this comes with to get the platters out of the melted drive and get your data back if a fire really tests this box to the rated limit. If you want the drive to survive and remain functional, you need something with a better fire rating (maybe UL 72 Class 125 or 150).

SYBA SD-ENC50020 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs dock isnt eSATA, cable is 07/01/2010

This review is from: SYBA SD-ENC50020 2.5" & 3.5" Black SATA II eSATA Dual SATA Hard Drive Docking Station

Pros: Well constructed, easy to use, does what it says it does.

Cons: Includes 2 1.5m SATA to eSATA cables. The cables themselves are SATA cables, not shielded eSATA cables. They just have an eSATA connector on one end.

Other Thoughts: Although specs are clear (SATA dock, eSATA notebook), the "eSATA" in the name might cause you to purchase eSATA to eSATA cables for this dock. They won't work. The dock itself has an internal SATA connector to the outside world. It comes with two SATA (to dock) to eSATA (to external world) cables, hence the "eSATA" external connection. I didn't read closely enough and purchased two docks and 4 eSATA to eSATA cables which are, of course, useless with this hardware. Lesson relearned: read the specs, not the quick description.

QNAP SS-839-PRO-US Diskless System Turbo NAS with Advanced Security & iSCSI for Business Users
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Warning: 2.5" SATA disks required 01/06/2010

This review is from: QNAP SS-839-PRO-US Diskless System Turbo NAS with Advanced Security & iSCSI for Business Users

Pros: See other thoughts - watch disk size

Cons: See other thoughts - watch disk size

Other Thoughts: Looks like a great device. However the specs page on NewEgg didn't indicate that this NAS requires 2.5" SATA drives. Needless to say the 3.5" SATA drives I ordered with the unit didn't fit. I'm returning it and purchasing a QNAP device that will go with the drives I ordered.


Brian M.'s Profile

Display Name: Brian M.

Date Joined: 11/26/08

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/14/09
  • Last Review: 04/04/11
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