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WD SE WD2000F9YZ 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quiet
Reliable 24/7/365 Operation
Runs Cool compared to Consumer drives

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: These drives are absolutely excellent ive never owned enterprise grade drives but they are definitely worth the couple extra buckx. I ordered 4 Drives for two raid 1's and 1 spare drive for total of 5. Clean zero formatted each one 3 times and ran disk check and WD Smart Full test. I had zero issues. Solid drives. All had 0 hours when received.

Highly recommend these if your looking for solid drive with 5yr warranty.

Currently my oldest drive i have is hitachi deskstar 1tb with 25500 hours on it - Hope these make it that far haha.

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SANS DIGITAL MobileSTOR MS4UT+B 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, and Spanning 4 x Hot-Swappable 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good when it works.

Cons: Keeps going into power conserve when it shouldn't, Emailed tech support they really were not much help.
I used 4 Enterprise class WD 2tb's in raid 5.

Other Thoughts: After 2 months of use the drive cycled connection to computer any big file transfers above 3gb it would disconnect. Needless to say I lost 1.5TB of information cause I cant transfer it off the raid. Complete garbage cra.p product.

Do yourself a favor and stay away from these standlone raid boxes. Your better off getting two 2 bay sata docks and running each set in raid 1 via windows software raid. Its not possible losing data this way cause both drives can work separate if enclosure fails or a drive fails. And your not dependent on enclosure rebuilding the array or in my case enclosure failing. Keep it connected to APC battery backup for surge suppression and power conditioning.

These are my personal opinions for better data security but always have master backup drive thats not connected to a computer and in static bag. Lucky I had a backup of the raid that was about 2 months old still lost total of about 500-600gb.

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Thermaltake BlacX Duet (ST0014U) ABS Plastic 2.5
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Quick to setup
Supports two drives
Esata + USB
Hot swappable
Drives fit perfectly
Runs fairly cool
Fairly Heavy so it wont move and rubber pads are good on bottom keep it from moving on desk

Cons: Only usb 2.0
SMART data will only be available from HDD Port 1

Other Thoughts: I personally believe most of issues on this dock are from people not knowing what they are doing. New drives need initialized before format, otherwise they wont show up. Also Dock will only show 1st port HDD for smart data this isnt a issue just the design.
Improper ejecting of drives over usb 2.0 will most likely cause drives to break. The hot swap is only for esata. And Esata requires port multipler motherboard in order to work right so most people dont know what that means specially people using this on esata laptop.

Keep in mind people complaining about drives dropping/disapearing is mainly because alot of newer drives have power conserving features that will spin down drive when not in use. That coupled with windows hard drive power management will cause these things. Safe bet for 24/7 usage is Western Digital Red or black drive due to them not having power conserving features built in and turning off power conserving features in windows.

I can almost promise you 30% of issues on this are due to user error. Great dock my drives run cooler on this one for whatever reason then my cheap e/bay 1 bay dock. I bought this just to maintain my drives for my raid array and to clone a drive if need be.

My Setup:
This Dock
5x Western Digital Black (2TB) (Enterprise Class) WD2000F9YZ (Use this dock to test my drives and maintain my raid 5 array)

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Mike S.'s Profile

Display Name: Mike S.

Date Joined: 08/15/04

  • Reviews: 55
  • Helpfulness: 22
  • First Review: 04/09/10
  • Last Review: 08/09/15
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