Best Dual bay enclosure for multiple 3.5" drives?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by pjny, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

    I would like to find a dual or quad bay enclosure where I can insert/remove different 3.5" drives without a cage. I saw units from Orico and Aukey but not sure they are reliable.

    I currently have an Anker USB 3 3.5" dock that I put archival drives into to access data but don't like the exposed parts of the Hard drive.

    I would like to find a 2-4 bay enclosure that treats each drive as a separate drive.

  2. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
  3. pjny, Jan 17, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2016

    pjny thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Thanks. I would like to have an enclosure where I can store 3-4 drives from different years.

    I usually archive my photos on a dual-bay Newertech RAID enclosure from OWC + an external 4tb drive. I also backup important files on an external 2 tb drive offsite.

    At the end of the year, I remove the drives from the OWC and store them in a safe. I move the 4tb drive to the offsite storage and reformat the 2tb drive for next year images.

    I would like to be able to have access to older images/files from these drives with a reliable enclosure I can just pop drives in/out of.
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    I am also looking for an enclosure that requires a sled or having to screw on a handle on the drive for easier removal/insertion. I liked the mechanism on this but the reviews are pretty bad. Just flip a switch and the drive pops out.

    BTW, can OWC thunderbay run in JBOD non-raid mode?
  4. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009

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