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Sans Digital 5-Bay USB 3.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID5 Tower Storage Enclosure w/ 6G PCIe 2.0 HBA Card TR5UT+B (Black)
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Low cost eSATA + USB 3.0 Hardware RAID 5 solution
Good way to optimize storage

Cons: EXTREMELY PRONE TO CATASTROPHIC FAILURES

It literally took me years to realize that this awful enclosure is responsible for several catastrophic volume failures I have had.

Even though I've never had a physical drive fail in the enclosure, I've lost complete RAID volumes due to faulty firmware.

The problem seems to be cause by a dropped connection to the computer.

This happens both over eSata and USB 3.0

I own several enclosures, and this happened on two of them.

As a result, the RAID volumes become corrupt and unrecoverable.

I've had several volumes become unrepairable and read-only.

1 5x2TB hardware RAID 5
2 2x2TB software RAID 1 (Apple RAID via disk utility)
1 2x3TB software RAID 1 (Apple RAID via disk utility)

Other Thoughts: If you earn even just minimum wage, the hours you will spend in repair and recovery will cost more than a proper enclosure.

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SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR5UT-BP 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, Clone (N-way Mirror) with Hot Spare, and JBOD 5 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Great features for an excellent price.
eSata, USB 3.0, 5-bays, hardware RAID

Cons: Unreliable.
I've bought 6-7 of these units for various projects.
I use two in my own studio, and they both developed serious problems after 2-3 years.
The volumes became corrupt and unfixable by OS X's Disk Utility.
(The drives that comprise these volumes are all still fine).
One volume was 10TB hardware RAID5, the other was 2x 3TB JBOD, used as software RAID1 in OS X
I haven't had this problem with other RAID volumes and enclosures.

USB 3.0 communication is sketchy and the volumes eject whenever a large file is read or written.
I've verified this behavior in both my enclosures, and across two different computers.

Other Thoughts: I really hope SansDigital can fix these, as they were absolutely wonderful when they worked.

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HP Officejet 6700 Premium Up to 34 ppm Black Print Speed 4800 x 1200 dpi Color Print Quality Wireless Thermal Inkjet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Good printer. While it prints.

Cons: Designed to fail within 1-2 years. Will display obscure error messages such as "Print Cartridge Error". Even though there is nothing physically wrong with the printer, it will refuse to print.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy HP - they intentionally rob their customers and pollute the planet.
Also, hp.com is the most useless website on the internet.

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Display Name: Guy R.

Date Joined: 08/13/07

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 08/18/07
  • Last Review: 07/28/14
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