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iStarUSA D-213-MATX Black Metal/ Aluminum 2U Rackmount microATX Server Chassis 1 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small, affordable, 2RU case was perfect for my needs. It is simple to work with and offers somewhat flexible drive mounting options compared to other similar size cases.

Cons: see other thoughts

Other Thoughts: Some complain of the loud front case fans. Mine did not ship with any which is fine since I planned to replace them anyway. A pair of Thermaltake ISGC Fan 8 AF0043 80mm worked out perfectly. There is very little room left with a Micro ATX board and depending on exactly where the connectors are you may have a difficult time with clearance when using a 3.5 inch hard drive. A right-angle SATA connector on at least one end might be required. I was forced to change the position of my drives from my desired because of this. I wanted them in a particular position for more clearance between the drives and the CPU cooler and for better placement behind the case fans. I have two 3.5 inch drives and one 2.5 inch SSD in a 3.5 adapter in this case.

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HGST Ultrastar 7K3000 HUA723020ALA640 (0F12455) 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I needed large capacity and with these I can take advantage of 6G/s speed supported by the motherboard. They run 24/7, not just powered on but constantly actively transferring and to date have been perfect.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I have had a defective drive or two over the years from Hitachi but overall they have been among the best I've used. I use them (these and earlier models) in FTP, video file servers, and video editing machines where they experience very heavy use for many years with almost never a failure. (A notable professional video and graphics rendering computer maker uses HGST almost exclusively. I have bought from them but generally prefer building my own.) I won't call them out here but in such environments I have had a 100% failure rate with 2 other very popular brands. Nothing is perfect. HGST has been close.

We'll have to wait and see how it goes now that Western Digital owns HGST since history has shown when one buys another the product quality often changes.

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Thermaltake ISGC Fan 8 AF0043 80mm No-compromise Case Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I wanted a relatively quiet 80mm fan. Although I run them at full speed they are plenty quiet.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: These feature a little speed control potentiometer on the wires. It can be a little cumbersome to get it in a good position when installing in tight spaces. I've always has success with this brand and this fan is no exception.

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Eric F.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric F.

Date Joined: 06/22/05

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 09/14/11
  • Last Review: 05/15/13
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