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Old Dec 4, 2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Diskless ThunderBolt or USB3 Drive Cases/Bays?

Does anyone have recommendations for a diskless ThunderBolt or USB3 four drive bay? I want to find something that could accomodate about four disks (two depending upon price, since I see that ThunderBolt isn't cheap).

I want to also have the ability to turn certain disks on and off. Does anyone have any first hand experience?

I have looked high and low, so I would like to hear from other forum members.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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I am interested in this also. I have found a few USB3 options, but all seem to have some shaky reviews or specs. I think I'm just going to go for a single USB3 or NAS solution instead.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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Yeah a lot of what I see looks cheap. I guess I may have to pay more than I was anticipating. I want something that looks classy next to the iMac.
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Yeah a lot of what I see looks cheap. I guess I may have to pay more than I was anticipating. I want something that looks classy next to the iMac.
I just ordered a WD Duo Thunderbolt.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...G&Q=&A=details

Ef me, it just went down $30 more since I ordered a week ago!

Only two slots and no fan so it comes with 2 x 3TB WD green 5400 drives.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 09:08 AM   #5
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Only two slots and no fan so it comes with 2 x 3TB WD green 5400 drives.
Should come with WD Red drives:
http://wd.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810

because they are more 24x7 and RAID compatible.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 09:59 AM   #6
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Haven't used one of these particular enclosures myself, but I'd hang my hat on anything these guys made:

http://oyendigital.com/hard-drives/store/RC-M4SP.html
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 04:01 PM   #7
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Does anyone have recommendations for a diskless ThunderBolt or USB3 four drive bay? I want to find something that could accomodate about four disks (two depending upon price, since I see that ThunderBolt isn't cheap).

I want to also have the ability to turn certain disks on and off. Does anyone have any first hand experience?

I have looked high and low, so I would like to hear from other forum members.
Yes there is a TB | eSATA | USB3.0 - triple interface five drive supports hardware RAID/JBOD
http://www.datoptic.com/ec/thunderbo...riverless.html

Or a simple five drive JBOD USB3.0 is here
http://www.datoptic.com/ec/jbod-raid...nclosures.html

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Old Dec 4, 2012, 05:02 PM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 05:04 PM   #9
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I have yet to see anybody sell a TB enclosure without selling included hard drives.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 06:16 PM   #10
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I have yet to see anybody sell a TB enclosure without selling included hard drives.
Drobo sells a 5bay, USB and TB enclosure. $849 empty.


and @Mr. Retrofire, unless they've recently changed the drives to WD Reds, my Thunderbolt Duos have Green Drives.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 09:13 PM   #11
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i posted this in another thread, but the short story (for me anyway) is that the cineraid 4-bay usb 3.0/esata enclosure just does not work with OSX. if you check the newegg 1 and 2 egg reviews you will see that other people are reporting the same thing. these enclosures use jmicron usb-sata chipsets. i would not be surprised if every 4-bay usb 3.0 enclosure uses the same chip.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 11:11 AM   #12
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Promise Pegasus J4 was just announced as a 4 bay 2.5" TB enclosure. I believe there are two models, one with 4x500GB HDD and one with empty bays.
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Old Dec 5, 2012, 01:00 PM   #13
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Drobo sells a 5bay, USB and TB enclosure. $849 empty.


and @Mr. Retrofire, unless they've recently changed the drives to WD Reds, my Thunderbolt Duos have Green Drives.
$849 empty, I must LOL.

the WD comes with green, not red drives since its fanless.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 12:57 PM   #14
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Disk-less Thunderbolt

DATOptic Inc

Just drop their price on thunderbolt five bay cases
http://www.datoptic.com/ec/jbod-raid...underbolt.html

I'm going to get one? Any other enclosure should I look/compare?

TIA

Update: Got the eBOX-teSU from DATOptic with Dual TB in AMAZON instead

http://www.amazon.com/Thunderbolt-US.../dp/B00DV6UPW8

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