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Summary Excellent price and very well-built. It is also identical to the unit that is Startech branded -- they're probably made by the same manufacturer! The racks stand up to repeated use/abuse and have yet to fail. The rubber rings also reduce vibration.
Pros Good and cool idea Easy to install black lock
Cons not the best quality hardware.
Summary This is a very cool idea for those looking to swap HDs frequently. This is the fastest and easiest way I know of. However, I put this in an HP pavillion case with proprietary cage and face plate. Needless to say, this defeats the purpose of fastest and easiest replacement. DO NOT BUY this for such a case. If I need to replace the HD, I have to remove the side cover and face plate to have access to the rack.
However, if you have a standard case and you need something like this, its very good.
Pros Simple installation No snags on HDD Status lights
Cons Tray seems fragile outside of computer before installation Not hot swap with all chipsets
Summary Picked up several for all of my PCs - very easy to share data drives without the hassle of external enclosures or network drives. Has the status light connector which some other similar hot-swaps do not have. Can even configure as the boot drive - to make swapping out functionality of a PC simpler for my daughters. Just beware that these are not truly hot-swap unless your motherboard chipset supports it - otherwise you have to wait until the system is powered down before inserting/removing a drive.
Summary One thing important to know Sata/eSata HOT-SWAP DOESN'T work with Intel chipset. You need a motherboard with a JMicron controller for example... With a Intel controller, you have to reboot so the BIOS can detect the hard drive and then Windows can see it.
Pros Hard drive slides right in, fits like a glove. It's great for hot-swap that acutally works.
Cons The mounting is not completely flush with the face of the computer case. The right side of the enclosure is slightly more "into the case" by about 1mm.
Summary Excellent product. I have a P5K-Premium motherboard and I have used up all 6 SATA connectors for 3 sets of RAID0. So with this great product I can use the eSATA port and use a eSATA-to-SATA cable (purchased separately from NCIX) to route from the back panel back into the case to use this enclosure.
There is no "Safely Remove Hardware" icon available provided by the jMicron controller from the MB so make sure the drive is inactive before you dismount. Also, when you mount the drive, if for whatever reason your drive does not show up, go to Device Manager and click on your computer name, then click on "Scan For Hardware Changes" (right under Help, it will show up then. Also, if you want to use this for hot-swap, make sure to set the SATA port to connect to this as AHCI.
Cons hot swap didn't work, but I will continue to try
Summary I have been using this for 2 days I installed it as soon as I got it. Before I was using KF-91-BK sata mobile racks, but this was a little cheaper and I am always excited about trying new products. Installation was really easy, as is the swapping of drives. I couldn't get hot swapable to work, but I am still trying. Very good product I wouldn't say it's better than the four KF-91-BK units I've had for years, but I wouldn't say it's any worse either.
Summary I have been using this for 2 months. The install of this rack is really easy. Great design and very easy access. The only bad thing is the hotswap doesn't work with my motherboard (although it should support). But overall, this is a very good product
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