4+ bay usb3 enclosures for 10.8.5 onwards

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thecounthahaha, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. thecounthahaha macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2010

    I've got a load of usb2 2tb HDDs that have slowly been replaced with usb3/larger drives over the last 5 years and I'm looking to put them back into service (all with backups!)

    I could use them all as is, but I'd be running at least 6-8 of them all with separate power, cables, etc plugged into 1 Mac mini so 2x4 bay JBOD (4 or more bays) is what I'm looking for.

    Are there any good, cheap usb3 enclosures that work with Mac osx10.8.5+? I've found that a lot of the ones on Amazon have very poor reviews re macs and often eject and or crash without warning.

    Ideally I don't want to spend too much as they do run at the moment, it's just very messy having that many cables running about the place!

    Thanks very much.
  2. LorenK macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    Icy Dock. I had been buying other brands before (Rosewill and Vantec), only to have them crap out after a year or so. While I just bought the Icy Dock a few months ago, I am more impressed with the design and the quiet running fan. Here's a link to the one I bought: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198061

    I can say, however, I don't know what the reviews on Amazon are talking about, but I've never had a problem with discs being randomly ejected, even with the other brands I've used, just an issue of useful life. I'm hoping that the fan design helps extend the useful life of the Icy Dock, but I'm happy so far with the performance and design.
  3. thecounthahaha thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2010
    That looks great, thanks for the link - although I'm in the UK so that particular shop will cost me £40 in shipping!

    I've not come across it in my searches but I'll have a dig and see if I can did a uk seller that doesn't charge an arm and a leg for it.
  4. jnachbar macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    I've had good luck with this Mediasonic, been running fine for a couple of years, very basic.

  5. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

    Dec 20, 2013
    Austin (supposedly in Texas)
    I think you've answered your own question, low cost housings are unreliable in the long run. also, is it a good investment to spend more money on older drives? new drives are ever cheaper.

    I don't know what the equivalent retailer in the UK is but,
    4TB in a small bus-powered package.

    maybe you should look at re-evaluating your file management strategy if you need 8 multi-TB drives connected to your machine?
  6. LorenK macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    It's at Amazon.co.uk, 62 pounds.
  7. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
  8. thecounthahaha thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2010
    Unfortunately that's the version without the usb3 back panel :(

    Will keep looking!
  9. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Couldn't agree more, but I would add the reliability on most of the new crop of ultra low-cost portable HDDs generally seems to be rather poor also, and most of the ratings reflect that. If the OP opts for new drives, now more than ever, multiple redundancy is an absolute must for anything worth keeping or hard to replace.

    If he insists on reusing those older drives, I would just go for el cheapo USB3 enclosures, and use them on a rotating basis. My Vantecs (both 2.5" and 3.5") have not given me any problems.

    To the OP: Multi-bay enclosures, while great for RAID setups, when used in a JBOD configuration, are a rather expensive option, and if something goes wrong with that enclosure, all your drives are likely inoperable.

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