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AMS VENUS ES5 DS-315SES 3.5" Black SATA eSATA External Enclosure

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  • 3.5"
  • eSATA
  • Up to 1TB

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3/ 5
wow 1/24/2012 7:10:15 PM

Comments: Even though I own one of these setup was a pain. I use mine with a RAID configuration and there are some assumptions: when you flash the card with the RAID bios, you should be able to go into the RAID utility of the card (pre-OS), see all the drives attached, and your array. Not so - you only see drive 1. I remember following specific directions setting my first one up that someone else posted so I did it the same way: Flash with the latest BIOS from the SIL web site, but use the IDE version. Boot into your OS, install the IDE driver (d/l from SIL) and the mgt utility and it will see all of the drives. Remove the controller from device manager, shut down. Then flash with the latest RAID Bios, boot into the OS and install the RAID driver. You will probably need to reboot, but then you can build your array. Unfortunately you need to use their Java based management utility to do it. Hopefully this helps. Drivers from the web site worked with server 2008 R2.

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1/ 5
9/24/2010 3:55:53 PM

Pros: E-Sata. Fan does a good job of cooling. Works well as additional drive space.

Cons: Plastic drive tray locking levers are extremely flimsy and I have broken four of five. Extremely poor design.
One of the drive bays had an issue and apparently shorted out, along with a 2Gb drive. Killed the drive and the data.

Overall Review: I am going to retire this unit and go to the Sans Digital 8 Bay unit.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4/ 5
not to bad 9/7/2010 8:59:10 PM

Pros: stuck disk in, win7 found driver with no fuss, sees the drives right away. the drives slide right in easy. the esata cable is included.

Cons: there is still a device that shows in in drive management that never gets installed right, does not hinder op. max thoughtput from single drive seems slow, have yet to see it read or write faster than 25mb/s.

Overall Review: the power button is mushy, very hard to hit just right. i usually leave the face off, the inner button is a solid click. the fan is kinda loud. i have 2 pc's in a small room, and this is the loudest thing.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1/ 5
You get what you pay for 8/4/2010 2:26:15 PM

Pros: Its cheap and somewhat does what its supposed to

Cons: The fan doesn't cool the drives wee, and under full capacity overheats and stops working. Cheap, shoddy construction.

Overall Review: I should have spent the extra money for SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR5UT-B 5 Bay SATA to USB2.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID 5 Enclosure.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4/ 5
I Liked It 7/25/2009 4:41:07 PM

Pros: After installing the provided 3132 eSATA card and connecting the enclosure, everything recognized, no problems, running 3Gb/s.

It helped to have a vague idea about what I was doing.

Note that my research on the enclosure indicated that you should download the appropriate drivers for the card from the manufacturer's site (and/or Silicon Image) before installing the Silicon Image 3132 eSATA/SATA PCI card provided. Silicon Image cards are the only ones that work with the enclosure, apparently.

The comment made about insufficient air-flow by another reviewer puzzles me, as mine has enough air flow to use it as a personal cooling fan! Quite a change from the previous product I got from them, a Venus T4U USB four drive enclosure.

Cons: As noted, the fan is VERY loud!

The software provided was for Windows 98! Fortunately, XP warned that these were not XP suitable. As noted, I got my drivers right from the manufacturer's site (and/or Silicon Images).

The drive mounting hardware was loose in my enclosure, not in its bag (which was ripped open). I'm glad this didn't cause a short-circuit or damage when shifted around, as may have happened to one reviewer here.

Note that there seems to be different drivers for the RAID levels (available from the manufacturer's site), and it appears you need the management software if you set up RAID.

Overall Review: Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the loud fan, the wrong software, and an apparently persistent packaging problem with the hardware provided.

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1/ 5
shock/awe 3/29/2009 7:35:51 PM

Pros: can pack a lot of storage in a small space, and should have high performance. It didn't actually start a fire.

Cons: Mine was defective. Plugged it in and was rewarded by a loud spark and smoke. Unplugged and now in the RMA process. I'll post again after the replacement arrives

Overall Review: packaging has metal mounting brackets for HD's in a thin plastic bag inside the unit. When the bag apparently broke in shipping, the metal parts were bouncing around on the circuit boards. That's what probably caused my shocking experience.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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4/ 5
To hook to laptop 1/4/2009 2:05:44 AM

Pros: Great for the price... and Fast!!!

Cons: my laptop ESATA can only see the first drive. Have to buy another card to get it to work with a laptop.

Overall Review: The only laptop card I found that will work with this Enclosure and show all five drives is the SIIG SC-SAE612-S1 SATA II ExpressCard 54 - Retail

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5/ 5
Great Buy 11/29/2008 5:44:45 PM

Pros: Portable

Cons: It only works with Silicon Image cards only

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