HD 2.5" 4-bay enclosure (not RAID)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hnickm, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. hnickm macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2013
    Getting a new mini shortly. Figured it was time to do house cleaning. I have several 2.5" HDs laying around (FW 400, USB 2.0) and some without enclosures. The idea of a 4-bay USB 3.0 enclosure sounds appealing. Not a power user, so I don't need RAID. After reading reviews on Amazon, several of the current enclosures seem to have issues with macs.
    Is there a unit that has worked successfully for you that might meet my needs?
  2. Giuly, Feb 28, 2013
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  3. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
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    Giuly macrumors 68040


  5. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    The Promise Technology "Pegasus J4" is working well for me with my all SSD 27" iMac. I have 4 ea. 1TB 7200rpm HGST Travelstar drives in it configured as a pair of dual-disk RAID-0 2TB drives. One of the drives hold media files (video, music, movies, etc.) and archive type files. The other drive is for high speed DAS Time Machine backup (also backed up to larger NAS in basement). It runs fast, quiet, and cool ... and has no sleep issues.

    2 drive RAID-0 transfers data at 255 MB/s using BlackMagicDesign
    4 drive RAID-0 delivers >500 MB/s read and write ... using 2.5" hard disks!

    So far ... working perfectly! :cool:
  6. hnickm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2013
    MediaSonic does make an enclosure for 2.5" drives - the (HFD1-SU3S2).
    Some complain that the drives spin-down after a short amount of time and then have to spin-up every time you access them.

    Does anyone have experience with the StarTech 4 Bay eSATA USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station for 2.5/3.5 HDD?
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I have had startech 2 bay and the drives get hot hot hot. I ran a small fan near them Fugly but worked.
  8. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    Could anyone confirm if the mediasonic enclosure works with a 2012 imac and os x 10.8.2

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