Summary: I had two drives drop out on my RAID-5 because they cables must have come loose. It took me hours to get that working again. I would not recommend or use these for mission critical.
Pros: Have 7 seven of these in a media server with all of them filled (RAID 5). I also use one for an offside backup drive I take home with me every day. That means I open and close that drive 364 times a year, and it's been working great for almost 2 years.
Cons: Both the power and SATA connector are easily disconnected if you brush against the cables inside the case. I wished both would snap into place in the back, like they would on a harddrive. I had to use some electrical tape, cut into small strips to make sure they don't come off. It's a hack but it...
Summary: I wanted to be able to quickly check hard drives to format or test and this does the job. I keep my back up drive in it and when i want to bench test a drive i just pull it out and put the test drive in and thats it. No rebooting it instantly recognizes it
Pros: easy install. Works to hot swap harddrives, fast and it works everytime
Cons: It is a little flimsy. If you have a tooless design case the there may be issues keeping it secure. It worked ok but it is a little loose
Pros: Look good, close securely, have a simple mechanism for drive extraction.
Cons: Intermittently lose connection to/ drop power to the drives. Problem goes away when the backplane connector is bypassed, so I know it is either the backplane or the closing mechanism not properly positioning the drive. Occurs most often when drive is warm, and occurs with multiple drives.
Summary: If you plan on buying this you may need to buy a molex male to 2 or 3 molex female connector depending on the amount of trays you hvae in your system. I have six of them for my rack mounted NAS. I am running Windows Server 2008 on a 32GB CF using a CF to IDE adapter for a removable SSD solution.
Pros: Allows for bare drives to be hot swaped if your bios + motherboard support it without the need for Hard drive trays. I'm getting the same speeds with this product that I want getting with my tray, rack system.
Cons: In order to get the activity light to work you have to use their molex to sata power connector with the little 4 pin adapter for the activity light. slight pressure on the arm is needed to engage the lock.
Summary: Used on HP z600 workstation used with WD Caviar Blue 500G HDD Win 7 64 bit Back-up performed daily.
Pros: Fairly easy install. Solid construction, ejector arm pushes the drive out to where it can be grasped and then fully removed after opening the door. Lockable door as theft deterrent. Went right to work as back-up for my workstation with no glitches. All necessary hardware and SATA cable included. ...
Cons: A bit of confusion in regard to the appropriate location of the cabling/wiring (probably due to my relative inexperience.) The included directions were detailed enough when I took the time to study them a bit.
Summary: I was using an Antec but it was really flimsy feel. Cheap plastic. This thing is awesome. Fits 5.25 bay and swap out Hard Drives for Bauckups. Never a need for external Hard Drives. O and NEWEGG ROXXXX
Pros: Indicator lights, Locking Door and Heavier Constuction than Others. Nice and Solid. I will buy more. Good Job Thermaltake..