Summary: What can I say. This is a very high quality product. Easy to setup, very cool and very quiet. You can feel the air coming out of the large fan, but no noise coming out. Also, the box cones with E-SATA cable and bracket, so you can connect it to the internal SATA controller on your motherboard for some high speed transfers. I installed this with a 2TB WD hard drive, 0 issues in XP or win7. I'm glad a paid a few extra bucks for a high quality product.
Summary: I thougth this was a great unit, with the fan and sata was just what I wanted, I used it to clone one drive in December and then when I went to see what was on another drive recently the fan would start to move weakly and stop and it wouldn't power the drive up. I tried several times, plugged/unplugged the drive in, same issue, put the drive in another unit and it booted right up.
Excellent Quality and Performance and a Deceptively Good Buy
27 February 2010
Summary: This is an excellent external hard drive enclosure. It offers both USB and eSATA interfaces, a cooling fan, an included eSATA adapter kit for your computer, a rugged, durable, and secure internal hard drive interface, and USB and eSATA cables of generous length. The eSATA adapter kit is what makes this unit more of a good buy than may be obvious.
Summary: I purchased Pinacle Studio for video editing and it recommended having a second drive to do video rendering. I knew that a USB drive would be too slow, so I decided to go with an external enclosure. This one has a cable and face plate for the back of your computer, so you can use your internal SATA ports.
Mediocre construction makes for difficult installation
R. Flor, Amazon
13 February 2010
Summary: I have always been a fan of Thermaltake's products, but it appears their manufacturing quality took a nose-dive with this enclosure. It took me the better part of 40 minutes to install a hard drive in this enclosure because: 1. All the screws, both external and internal, had been over-torqued to the point where I stripped 3 of the 6 screws simply trying to open up the enclosure. 2.
Summary: Needing reliable backup for my new iMac, I looked at as many of the recommended outboard drives I could find user data on. I bought the Max 4 only after reading countless reviews here at Amazon and elsewhere. Just about every outboard drive and drive enclosure I'd read about seemed to have a short life, erratic behavior, or some other critical flaw. Two brands came out on top of my survey: Thermaltake and Rosewill.
Summary: There are many hard disk enclosures currently available that are considerably cheaper than this one. Why buy this, despite the fact it is considerably more expensive than most? The most important, by far, is that it does an excellent job at keeping the hard disk it contains relatively cool.
Summary: I LOVE this enclosure! Handled my 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black with NO problem... Keeps the drive singing right along at room temp. Easy assembly in this shell. It uses screws to hold the drive in and keep the enclosure closed. 6 screws total to swap out the drive isn't bad. So it's not a 30-second swap, but that is not my intent with this drive... I have it hooked up eSATA, and sync my network PCs to it on a regular basis, moving 100s of GB at a time.
Summary: Bought it on the recommendation of all here. Tried to put a 1.5TB drive in unit Seagate and Samsung, both drives could not be formatted via WinXP on 3 different computers. Drive box "claims" will support 2TB drives in size. Went to CompUSA (we still have them here in FL) purchased a $29.95 external enclosure, no problems formatting the 1.5TB drive. Buyer Beware!