Suggestions for a 4bay USB3 & eSATA enclosure?

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  1. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    I'm looking for a 4 bay enclosure that would serve both my 2015 macbook pro (so USB3), and my 2009 MP that doesn't have a USB3 card but has an eSATA one.

    Any suggestions? It doesn't have to be top of the line, just a decent price/quality machine.

    Thanks.
     
  2. mdindestin macrumors member

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    It's a 5 bay, but seriously considering this one to run a Raid 5: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ue&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=A1OQ5B5VHVHCUX

    This one has better reviews than the ones I checked out.
     
  3. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    i have the mobius 5 bay and its awesome
     
  4. LorenK macrumors 6502

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    Have you checked out NewEgg? I've used Vantec and Rosewill cases and they've both burned out the power supply. I've looked at the IcyDock, and I am intrigued because the design seems to suggest better drive cooling than what I've experienced. Can anyone chime in with their experience?
     
  5. cw48494 macrumors regular

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    Anything by Icydock is amazing.
     
  6. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I've resisted buying from Icy dock because of their PITA tray solution. I use one of the bays for rotating my external back-ups. I have about 8 drives that are stored elsewhere. I don't want to buy 8 extra trays...

    Mobius 5 seems good, but expensive...

    I've been using the very cheap Rosewill eSATA-only boxes for years without issues, but now that I also need USB3, I would have liked to get something better. Their USB3 + eSATA are 100$ cheaper than the Icydock, even more off the price of a mobius.

    Is there any reason why their USB3 + eSATA boxes would be less good / reliable than their eSATA-only boxes?
     
  7. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Another thing to consider is whether your eSATA card in your Mac Pro supports port multiplier, so it can drive multiple drives in an eSATA enclosure.
     
  8. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it does right now. I'm using a 4 bay eSATA enclosure. Two actually. But my new MacBook Pro should be here by Friday, and it doesn't have eSATA, so I'm looking for a USB3 +eSATA enclosure.
     
  9. matreya macrumors 65816

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  10. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I saw those as well. Can you tell me what the mechanism is to get drives in and out?

    The only thing I hate about the Rosewill boxes is that you have to remove the entire top (including sides) to screw the drives in. In the end, I leave it always off, but that means that the cooling is less efficient...

    Loa
     
  11. matreya macrumors 65816

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    It's real simple, you open the door with a push, pull out a holding plate that's secured without screws, then you can pull each drive out.
     
  12. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I think that settles it! Thanks!
     

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