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jmmijo 06 November 2019 20:29

External USB Enclosure
 
So to consolidate things and not have so many external USB HDD"s that were getting hot since they were stacked onto each, I got one of these devices from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It's a 5-Bay external enclosure with an option to do RAID 0 or RAID 1 for the first two HDD's

I then ripped out the HDD's from Seagate units and installed them all into the first four bays leaving the 5th one open for expansion.

I setup the mode to single drive use rather then RAID and powered it on.

After about 20 ~ 30 seconds all the HDD's showed up with their ORIGINAL disk names and share names intact and working.

The enclosure is aluminum but the HDD trays are plastic :(

However it does come with a pair of cooling fans which seem to be very quiet, probably thermally controlled.

If all goes good within the next 30 days then I will get another one for my other computer.

Anubis 06 November 2019 21:04

Only one i have experience with is Synology NAS device (2 disks) and we are using it for ~4 years now without any issues.

This does seem very interesting. I might get one just for backup/storage purpose, since I have bunch of 2GB disks laying around.

At first I was wondering, why didn't you get RAID 5 version, but then when you said that all disk shows with data, I assume you don't want to move/reformat disks. This does seem very interesting solution for storage. What I am not sure is if this is software or hardware RAID.

ATM I am considering options on building computer before new year and for start will only have 2 SSD and possibly 1 hybrid disk. This might be probably better option to keep heat out of case.

jmmijo 06 November 2019 22:34

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Originally Posted by Anubis (Post 1357164)
Only one i have experience with is Synology NAS device (2 disks) and we are using it for ~4 years now without any issues.

This does seem very interesting. I might get one just for backup/storage purpose, since I have bunch of 2GB disks laying around.

At first I was wondering, why didn't you get RAID 5 version, but then when you said that all disk shows with data, I assume you don't want to move/reformat disks. This does seem very interesting solution for storage. What I am not sure is if this is software or hardware RAID.

ATM I am considering options on building computer before new year and for start will only have 2 SSD and possibly 1 hybrid disk. This might be probably better option to keep heat out of case.

Could not state if its Software or Hardware RAID, I suspect Hardware due to a mechanical switch on the back of the unit that shows RAID 0 or RAID 1 or SINGLE.

The default is SINGLE for this model.

They also make IP based NAS devices along with some ENTERPRISE units in RACK format.

As a side note, the build quality is excellent, just the HDD trays are pretty cheap due to being molded PLASTIC, they work fine but I was hoping for metal to sink the heat away better but perhaps they did testing with the cooling fans and found no difference ?


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