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Pros: solid build. Built in fan is a super plus for me, I like having things vent out heat. Currently supports Seagates Ironwolf 10tb hdd!

Cons: non. At this price range, I dont know what other people expect. If I had to be picky, (which is why i'm not removing an egg), the only thing I dont like about this, is their support. Direct on Startech's site, their products are normally listed at a higher price tag than other major online retailers. Also it only comes with a 2 year warranty. It is a very basic setup, not sure why they are afraid to kick out a higher warranty.

Other Thoughts: I use this to backup my raided home server. I then use it as my target for my online backup solution (so i have 3 copies of my data, 2 in house and 1 in the cloud).
I have never used an SSD in here so I really can't rate the speed. Even my 10tb hdd isn't designed to be fast. However I own a 2.5" startech enclosure with an SSD and it gets great transfer rates.
Because I was worried that this might get knocked over, I place it on it' side, so I had to purchase velcro but only attached the "soft side" to allow me to have this on a desk and prevent it from scratching the desktop.

I highly recommend this to anyone needing to support a 3.5" hdd, of course now there is potentially a usb 3.1 enclosure out but if you only have a mechanical hdd, you're not going to see much benefit into the higher external bus speed because you're limited to the spinning disk.

Lenovo System x3100 M5 5457ECU 4U Intel Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.10 GHz 8GB RAM 1TB HDD Mini-tower Server
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4 out of 5 eggs Great price for a solid server. Just needed a little tweaking.. 07/19/2016

This review is from: Lenovo System x3100 M5 5457ECU 4U Intel Xeon E3-1220 v3 3.10 GHz 8GB RAM 1TB HDD Mini-tower Server

Pros: For a Server 2012 R2 Essentials build. Only needed to add a few extra parts to get it up to par (see other). ).

Cons: If you do not know what your doing, I would stay away from this device, there is no support for this item from Lenovo/IBM unless you have a contract with them. I had a hard time just trying to get part numbers but luckily I finally googled the correct term.

I had to play around on their website to get the correct drivers. I had a lot of trial and error. Once I get the right drivers, I documented it for future use.

Other Thoughts: It is a shame it doesn't come with caddy's for all of the bays. I would rather see a system without hard drive but with Caddy's vs offering a single hard drive solution. Regardless, here are some part numbers that might help you out...

RAM - 8gb is good however I really want to play it safe or if you plan on running a hypervisor, you will need a bit more. So I purchased another 8gb stick googling IBM part number 00D5015 or 00D5016. Expect to pay around $55 per stick. [So far the system boots just fine]

Caddy - Google search Lenovo 69Y5342. This will lead you down a rabbit hole of solutions. I ended up paying $17/caddy

Raid Upgrade - the Built in raid controller only supports Raid 1 and Raid 0. To get Raid 5 you need to google search Lenovo 81Y4406. Please note that this "part" is only a license key. Your not changing out any physical hardware
Then you need to google Lenovo FoD. You should find a PDF regarding Features on Demand. From there you can install the new key.

All said and done, minus the cost of the physical hard drives i needed to purchase (2 x 2.5" SSD & 4 x 3.5" HDD), I spent around $600 to get the system a Bare Quad Core 16gb Ram server with Raid 5 support.

VANTEC NexStar HX4R NST-640S3R-BK Aluminum / Plastic 3.5
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Pros: When working, its a very simple to use external hard drive bay that can combine drives into a single drive or you can cut up the drives inside to be anything you want (1x1tb and 3x750gb is an example).

The fan helps keep the hard drives cooler & the lights can be informative if your not logged into the computer on the daily.

Usb 3.0 & esata to help ensure maximum connectivity solutions for people.

Cons: I've had it for 14 months now (just about) and the unit has become a hassle to deal with.

Of course I originally thought that it was due to the fact the drives were old (i used this to JBOD raid some old 2 & 3tb drives into a single backup drive for my main server) however it wasn't until after swapping out drives that I knew were working and see similar failure results (the raid controller just goes offline) was when I realized that the enclosure itself was acting up.

I swapped out usb connections (as my mobo uses two different chipsets to run various usb 3.0 hosts) & I even put in a USB 3.0 card to see if that would work. Nope.

Other Thoughts: When working its a nifty piece of equipment. As i mentioned in the first paragraph, i use this to JBOD various older drives as a 2nd backup to my main server. This enclosure is always connect to a pc that I use an unlimited online cloud backup service so it gives me 3 copies of my data (2 local and 1 in the cloud).

Looks like I have to find a new enclosure, possibly one with a longer warranty.


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Display Name: David C.

Date Joined: 04/03/05


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