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Pros: I bought 2 of these for a client to work with a Black Magic Design Hyperdeck recorder (which records heavy video loads at high speeds). I think in that application it was a little tasked for quality until I adjusted a few compressions. For an example, the whole drive would record about 20 minutes of video until full to give an idea of the amount of data it was using originally. I've also used this same style drive (smaller 120 GB version) for about 10 PC builds as well as 2 personally and have not had any DOA and any drive failures so far. Overall, a great product in my book.
Other Thoughts: I would definately recommend this product.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: StarTech HSB220SAT25B 2 Drive 2.5in Trayless Hot Swap SATA Mobile Rack Backplane
Pros: I used this to replace a different style StarTech dual 2.5 trayless hot swap bay. This one works much better as the doors can open without providing pressure on the side of the unit in my PC case. There are no problems with it and it has done exactly what I've expected!
Other Thoughts: There is another Startech drive bay similar to this with silver handles on the front. This is a much better selection, that one was very problematic for me.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Only 2 RMU height, plenty of space inside due to the depth of the unit, easy to mount drives into it, 2 x 5.25 front bays is nice, there is a nice sized row of fans in the middle. There is plenty of venting, and it overall just looks nice when in a rack.
Cons: My biggest problem with this chassis (having sold probably 15+ of them) is that they are quite long to mount with only 2RMU unless you plan on supporting them with a shelf. They will dip down in a 2 post rack. I personally find having a shorter chassis + 3rd RU helps make things fit just a bit better (any cards will require low profile of course). While there are plenty of fans, they run across the middle of the unit, and cable management through them is a bit time consuming to do well. The cover doesn't line up all that perfect (although with a little time you can get it right). There is a mount for a power supply inside which isn't all that fun to use, and the power cable has to run all the way from the back to the front. The power cable screws on the back get worn out and break easily (so then it is difficult to connect power without really getting out the glue gun and trying to fix it well). I've had a few fans go out on them, but probably only about 20 percent (basically one fan fails after 1-2 years). Some in the past shipped with vent holes over the power supply (on the top of the unit... which can be a plus or minus)... but some shipped without vent holes (so a top venting ATX power supply won't mesh well with them).
They ship with a blue plastic covering the painted surfaces. Sometimes it can be VERY tedious removing that (like it was maybe applied before the paint was ready... and it sticks and comes off in small pieces). Sometimes it pulls off easily.
If you look at the pictures, notice the front side cables and power cable runs through the internal drive cages. I just pull these out and use trayless drive bays now.... but it is hard to route the cables around these if you plan to use 6 internal drives, you'll have to play with that a bit.
Other Thoughts: I'm really hit or miss on this chassis. While there are a lot of con's in my comments, overall they performed rather well and I have a good number of them in the field for clients. I don't think Ark is a bad company... I just found a couple chassis I liked better. I've used other Ark chassis I've liked in the past also.READ FULL REVIEW