eSATA Drive Enclosures--Decent Quality, Up To Current Specs

Krackle

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On a mac pro with a Caldigit eSATA card..2 port

Looking for a 2 drive eSATA enclosure that is up to current speed ratings..is it 6g? Not too pricy but reliable and reasonably rugged.

I've been using an older Seritek 1EN2..pretty nice little box but it's way behind in speed..

Probably not going to use it for a RAID setup..just want it to house two hard drives for basic utility storage and some backups..

thanks..
 

AidenShaw

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I recommend SSD's. 6G with HardDisks makes no sense.

HardDisk's support max. 100- 120 GB/Sek.
Two points....
  • Bandwidth on 12g SAS spinners is hitting double that - over 200 GB/sec. 6g SATA is close, especially on larger drives.
  • If you want TB rather than GB/sec, SSDs make no sense
    • $369 - 10 TB NAS SATA 7200 RPM 256 MiB cache hard drive
    • $338 - 1 TB 850 EVO SSD
6G with HardDisks makes a lot of sense for anyone looking to store 10's of TB.
 
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slughead

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I've had a lot of issues with enclosures. They've come down in price quite a bit but in general, if you have an eSata card, the best bang for your buck by far is buying a cheap, small PC case, a decent PSU, hard-wiring the green wire (takes 2 minutes), and going that route.

The PSU quality on enclosures is spotty and sad. Buying a decent PC PSU is going to be a lot more stable.

Good luck!
 

Krackle

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May 1, 2015
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Two points....
  • Bandwidth on 12g SAS spinners is hitting double that - over 200 GB/sec. 6g SATA is close, especially on larger drives.
  • If you want TB rather than GB/sec, SSDs make no sense
    • $369 - 10 TB NAS SATA 7200 RPM 256 MiB cache hard drive
    • $338 - 1 TB 850 EVO SSD
6G with HardDisks makes a lot of sense for anyone looking to store 10's of TB.
Thanks folks..

Alden..Are these disks appropriate for a guy who needs a couple of reasonably large data disks for recording and photography-in use..editing etc..and/or for a reliable back up drive or two?

Interesting..didn't know about these drives..
 

AidenShaw

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Feb 8, 2003
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Thanks folks..

Alden..Are these disks appropriate for a guy who needs a couple of reasonably large data disks for recording and photography-in use..editing etc..and/or for a reliable back up drive or two?

Interesting..didn't know about these drives..
Yes, they are just like any other spinner, but huge. I have six 96TB drive shelves (12*8TB), and have ordered a couple of 120TB shelves https://www.cdw.com/shop/products/HPE-D3600-storage-enclosure/4549726.aspx?pfm=srh .

One *WARNING* though. Beware of Seagate "Archive" drives or any other drive using "shingled recording". They're fine and reliable, but rather slow at random writes. Great for archiving, not good for a work drive, and horrible for a scratch drive. However, they're much cheaper per TB than other drives - so are good choices for archiving and backup.