Diskless ThunderBolt or USB3 Drive Cases/Bays?

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  1. Johnf1285 macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  2. randy98mtu macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  3. Johnf1285 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  4. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    I just ordered a WD Duo Thunderbolt.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=841457&is=REG&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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  7. FireWire2, Dec 4, 2012
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    Yes there is a TB | eSATA | USB3.0 - triple interface five drive supports hardware RAID/JBOD
    http://www.datoptic.com/ec/thunderbolt-esata-usb3-0-hardware-raid-jbod-driverless.html

    Or a simple five drive JBOD USB3.0 is here
    http://www.datoptic.com/ec/jbod-raid-data-storage-solutions/desktop/5-6-bay-enclosures.html
     
  8. Johnf1285 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have yet to see anybody sell a TB enclosure without selling included hard drives.
     
  10. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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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.
     
  11. joeblough macrumors regular

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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.
     
  12. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  13. Outrigger macrumors 68000

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    $849 empty, I must LOL.

    the WD comes with green, not red drives since its fanless.
     
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