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Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 Pro Box 3.5in SATA 4 Bay Enclosure USB 3.0 & eSATA Black

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SKU: 54496
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Customer Reviews of Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2

Product reviews on NCIX.com are screened for relevance and inappropriate content. Reviews may contain inaccurate information about the product. If there is a discrepancy, please use the Flag this Review link located beside each review. Reviews are not an endorsement expressed by NCIX.com, but opinions from customers based on their own experience with a product. We do not recommend you make purchasing decisions based on facts or opinions expressed regarding Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 reviews.
David_B33
04/24/17
Experience: 1 Weeks

Exceeded my expectations for NVR RAID storage Verified OwnerVerified Owner

Pros

-Smaller than I expected
-Good fan control
-Informative LEDs
-USB3 and eSATA
-Quick & easy assembly
Cons
LEDs are bright and should be mutable
Would be nice if unused drive caddies could be stored internally
Summary
It's not very often that a product exceeds your expectations, but I was very happy with this product. Setup was quick and easy. Included documentation is clear and easy to follow.

I bought this to use as storage expansion for an Intel NUC, to be configured as a network video recorder. I dropped 2 WD Purple drives into this enclosure and connected it to the NUC via the included USB 3.0 cable. Ubuntu Server 16.04.2 recognised the two drives right away and I was able to use mdadm to configure a RAID0. Formatted the array with xfs and we were off and running.

Even with 17 HD cameras streaming to this setup full-time, the HDD activity lights are off far more than they are on. hdparm reports buffered disk reads around 300 MB/s.

I love that you can manually set the fan speed with three different settings, or leave it at auto. Even at low speed it appears to move lots of air over all the drive bays.

Also excellent is the fact that with a single button you can set this thing to turn off, stay on, or go into standby when the connected computer shuts down. I have it go into standby, so it fires right back up again when the NUC is turned on.

Great purchase, will certainly come looking for more of these if it doesn't die prematurely.

PappyBlue
11/25/16
Experience: 180 Days

Great if you don't need a NAS

Pros

-Cheap
-Decent speed
-Auto shut-offf
Cons
-a bit noisy
-bright leds
-build quality is not excellent
Summary
For the price, it really does a good job. Construction feels a bit flimsy but I've seen worst. Decent speed, easy to setup. if you don't NEED a NAS, that's a great option.

Ayah
11/25/16
Experience: 1 Months

great for temporary drives Verified OwnerVerified Owner

Pros

excellent value
Cons
spazzes out with faulty drives
flimsy, you get what you pay for
drives don't really lock into place.
Summary
It's a cheap enclosure, drives don't lock into place. You can easily damage the sata connector due to the mounting method.

It's an excellent value though, your expectations shouldn't be too high for an item of this price.

GBD
09/11/16
Experience: 1 Weeks

Does what it states it can do. Verified OwnerVerified Owner

Pros

I am using the box as JBOD configuration + software Raid = It works well.
Support all brand of 3.5" SATA I / II / III hard disk drive up to 8TB per drive, and up to 4 x 8TB
• Support SATA 3 6.0Gbps hard drive transfer rate
• Transfer rate up to 5.0Gbps via USB 3.0
• Transfer rate up to 6.0Gbps via eSATA
• Comptaible with Mac USB 3
• Smart Fan Function ◦ Thermal Sensor built-in
◦ Auto and Manual Mode
◦ 3 level of fan speed

• One Button Interface selection to switch USB 3.0 or eSATA Interface
Cons
Bright lights which cannot be dimmed in dark room. Found a work-around. not an issue.
Summary
I purchased this unit to replace another vendors product that had died on me a few days prior to purchasing this one. I read up and Mediasonic was well rated, I checked their support site, and liked what I saw. (They answer questions) . So I bought from NCIX; as always, FAST delivery; and I was up and running again. Great experience.

I now have 4 x 8TB drives working on eSATA 6Gbps speed. I have no complaints, so far.

Aaron_S23
07/30/16
Experience: 60 Days

werid glich. Verified OwnerVerified Owner

Pros

easy set up
Cons
none
Summary
installed 4 2 tb wd drives. hooked up via usb 3.0 works perfect.

stampeder
04/11/16
Experience: 3 Months

Pros

Easy to configure if you read through the previous NCIX reviews first. Solid and quiet.
Cons
The blue disk activity LEDs are very, very bright and large, so late in the night time when automated backups are happening the room is flashing blue. I will probably have to tape over them to reduce that glow.
Summary
I bought 2: one for a 4-disk Linux software RAID0 through eSATA, and the second one for backing up the first, although it runs through a USB3.0 port since I only had one eSATA port to work with.

This review was modfied by poster @ 04-11-16 01:09 AM

Anthony_d
03/31/16
Experience: 30 Days

Pros

Good overall appearance. Decent transfer speeds via usb 3. I just put in a 4 TB drive and it's working beautifully. quiet unit. 4 drives, one case and therefore only one plug.
Cons
the door at the front of the unit falls off easily, but that's bt design, i just don't know why. You need a motherboard that supports e-sata port multiplying to use this as an e-sata device, otherwise it only detects one drive. cannot use usb 3 and e-sata at the same time
Summary
It's not a NAS, but for the price, i hook it up to my router via usb and it serves the same purpose at half the price. I can't give it 5 stars because nothing is perfect, i give it a 4.7

Qix
03/20/16
Experience: 4 Months

Pros

Cheapest large capacity multi drive external enclosure for 1 to 4 drives.
Cons
Flimsy front door, but that's the case with this entire line. As long as you don't have anything bumping into the front panel, you won't notice this.
Summary
Speeds are excellent as long as you have a USB 3.x port. If you have more than one external enclosure, be sure to label all your power and connector cables, Mediasonic didn't change a thing about their drive rail installation system so it works just as good as the older generations did - almost flawlessly. Fast install, no drivers needed.

BlueBadger
02/25/16
Experience: 1 Months

Pros

Fast - USB3 works great. Lots of drives.
Cons
bright blue LEDs - annoyingly bright
Summary
I was looking at this for many months before deciding to go ahead and purchase. I'm glad I did as it allows me to keep all my storage together and attach it to my small HTPC/media server.
I've attached 3 drives to it so far and will add a 4th later.


bruno_k
02/22/16
Experience: 1 Months

Pros

very good. No surprise
Cons
N/A
Summary
"price vs quality" is exellent. I can recommend you to buy this product.

Product Videos [ Edit ]


Features [ Edit | History ]

Features:

Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 Pro Box is a 4 Bay Enclosure for 3.5" SATA I / II / III hard disk drive. It supports 4 hdd of different brand and capacity up to 3TB per drive.

Quick Specs:
Package Contents
  • Pro Box HF2-SU3S2 Hard Drive Enclosure
  • eSATA Cable
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Power Adapter (Universal)
  • Power Cord (US Type)
  • User Manual
  • Screw Driver
  • Handle
Host Interface USB 3.0 eSATA
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Weight (Approximate) 3.97 lb
Color Black
Form Factor External
Country of Origin Taiwan
Height 6.5"
Width 5"
Depth 8.5"
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS
Number of Total Expansion Bays 4
Number of 3.5" Bays 4
Number of 5.25" Bays No
Number of 2.5" Bays No
Cooling Fan Yes
Drive Interface Serial ATA/600
Number of 1.8" Bays No
ProductId1019095663

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

Controllers  
     Controller Type: Serial ATA
General Information  
     Brand Name: Mediasonic
     Manufacturer: Mediasonic Enterprises
     Manufacturer Part Number: HF2-SU3S2
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.mediasonicinc.com
     Product Line: Pro Box
     Product Model: HF2-SU3S2
     Product Name: Pro Box HF2-SU3S2 Hard Drive Enclosure
     Product Type: Drive Enclosure
I/O Expansions  
     Number of 1.8" Bays: No
     Number of 2.5" Bays: No
     Number of 3.5" Bays: 4
     Number of 5.25" Bays: No
     Number of Total Expansion Bays: 4
Interfaces/Ports  
     Drive Interface: Serial ATA/600
     Host Interface: USB 3.0
eSATA
Miscellaneous  
     Additional Information:

One button interface selection: Switch USB 2.0 or eSATA interface by pressing one button


     Certifications & Standards:
  • CE
  • FCC

     Country of Origin: Taiwan
     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
     Package Contents:
  • Pro Box HF2-SU3S2 Hard Drive Enclosure
  • eSATA Cable
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Power Adapter (Universal)
  • Power Cord (US Type)
  • User Manual
  • Screw Driver
  • Handle

     Platform Supported: PC
Mac
Physical Characteristics  
     Color: Black
     Cooling Fan: Yes
     Depth: 8.5" (215 mm)
     Form Factor: External
     Height: 6.5" (166 mm)
     Weight (Approximate): 1.80 kg
     Width: 5" (126 mm)
Power Description  
     Input Voltage: 110 V AC
220 V AC
     Power Source: AC Adapter
Warranty  
     Limited Warranty: 1 Year

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Messages about Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2 Pro Box 3.5in SATA 4 Bay Enclosure USB 3.0 & eSATA Black

Would this work with WDTV (Michael_B- Nov 16, 15, 2 Replies)
2TB limit? (Beayn- Dec 31, 12, 4 Replies)
Software Raid (Twilight Hyperion- Aug 20, 12, 1 Replies)
HF2-SU3S2 upon reboot, drive appears Not Initiali (astral16- Jan 08, 11, 7 Replies)
USB 3.0 and Esata Speeds (Lance_B- Dec 09, 10, 2 Replies)
USB 2.0 Backwards Compatability (Ken_P- Aug 26, 10, 3 Replies)

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