HDD enclosure for 4 disks

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dangerly, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. dangerly macrumors regular

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    Hello,
    was looking into buying an external HDD enclosure, USB 3, for four discs.
    I already have four external HDDs each in its own enclosure.
    Came across the Icy Box by RaidSonic:
    http://www.raidsonic.de/en/home.php?we_objectID=8248
    It has a cooling system (fan) and the possibility to hot swap discs.
    Is sold by Amazon at 112,50 euros.
    Does anybody have direct experience in using it?
    Would it be a good choice?
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Radiating macrumors 65816

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    Here's something I wrote for another thread, but which is relevant, if you don't care to read it, the general thing you need to understand is that the overwhelming majority of RAID enclosures are incredibly terrible and complete garbage, even the ones made by big companies.

    Just poking around the internet it's clear that the product you listed has unreliable and flakey performance. Even if it didn't have these issues the product is clearly poorly made, in my experience poorly made products tend to be discontinued on a near constant bassis and replaced with something completely difference compared to quality products which are made for 4+ years, which means if the controller fails, you're not replacing it, and your data is gone.

    I would stretch your budget and just buy a Synology enclosure.

    Anyways have a read:

     
  3. dangerly thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for the reply, Radiating.
    I had some doubts the IciBox was somewhat cheaply built, you confirmed it.
    I owned a WD MyBookLive ethernet enclosure with a 2 TB HDD, it was simply horrible, slower than a snail and would disconnect often.
    I ended up opening it and transferred the HDD in a USB enclosure.
    Now i would like to put my 4 external drives in one enclosure so i will look into the brands you suggest, Synology and QNAP.
    Thanks again
     

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