- USB 2.0 & eSATA
- Up to 6TB
Top Notch Quality & Value 04/07/2013
This review is from: Mediasonic HF2-SU2S2 3.5" Black SATA I/II USB 2.0 & eSATA Pro Box 4 Bay Enclosure
4 bay with support for 2tb drives
solid build quality
Easy to swap out drives
could have better ventilation
far too many BRIGHT blinking leds, you can either live with it, tape over it, or disassemble and unsolder/break of the smd leds, but its not a big deal.
Have owned this enclosure for over a year now, and am very happy with it. A few cons, but overall never had any problems, and its worked perfectly with any drive i've thrown at it, including 2.5" satas for temporary transfers without having to open my tower case.
Make sure your esata controller is port multiplier compatible, usb 2.0 is too slow for sata drives imho.
5400rpm drives work well in the enclosure and stay cool, but you may want to beef up the fan or mod the enclosure if you want 7200's. 10k's prob would bottleneck at the 3.0gbp speeds, and overheat if you tried any kind of raid setup. Old velociraptors (sata II) you can get away with, assuming you only put one or two in the case and add another fan up front.
Overall, its a great enclosure. For the price its a good deal, especially considering its build quality. Backup/jbod storage is where this excells, but for speed freaks who want to raid up 7200 or 10k drives, you may want to look elsewhere. Not a con though, its not designed for that application. SATA II is more than enough for fast raid speeds with a few 5200 rpm drives in raid 0 or 1. Anything above that will hit a bottleneck and you need a sata III enclosure/controller.
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