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Mediasonic  HF2-SU3S2
8.1 out of 10

Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2

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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
16 March 2015
  • Pros: good basic unit. good transfer speed simple drive installation win 8.1 read all drives. running Toshiba 2tb drives.
  • Cons: took off one egg for because of the fan is a little noisy
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Overall 4
4.0

Spotty Performance

William C., Newegg
15 March 2015
  • Summary: Windows 7 x64P This unit houses four 3TB drives and is used for multiple daily backups of Premiere Pro scratch drives. It was purchased in 10/2014 and its behavior has been consistent from day 1. . It is connected to computer via USB 3.0. e-SATA has not been used.
  • Pros: 4 Drive bays with small footprint.
  • Cons: Intermittent, frequent dismounts/remounts of HDDs (all drives simultaneously). Less commonly, the unit powers off completely.
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

Benjamin S., Newegg
9 February 2015
  • Summary: The other reviews make me certain I could make this box work with a replacement board, which support could give me. I'm six business days into no email communication from support. I'm giving up and returning this. I took the gamble that Newegg was stocking the newer, functional units by now.
  • Pros: Nice physical construction
  • Cons: Intermittent USB 3.0 drops Poorly placed power connection on side of unit Poor support
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Overall 10
10

Awesome litttle enclosure

Michael L., Newegg
22 January 2015
  • Summary: One side note, you do not need to fill all the drive bays to use the enclosure. you can just get 2 and then upgrade later.
  • Pros: Its size is amazingly small for being able to hold 4 HDDs. there is also very good drive cooling, and the USB 3.0 threw put is very good. I have all 4 slots filled up and have made transfers from each drive simultaneously, each drive will achieve around 50MBs give or take depending on the size of...
  • Cons: There is one kind of a big problem i found almost right away. If you are planning on using ESATA (I was) you need to make sure that the SATA port you are going to plug the enclosure into supports what is called Port Replication. Hint.... if you plan on using a ESATA port that is controlled by you...
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Little Box

Benjamin P., Newegg
5 January 2015
  • Summary: Good box for the price.
  • Pros: I have had NO issues with this box since I have installed it back in Auguet. I am a huge fan of recycling slightly older hardware so I have 4 used 160GB HDDs in this and I have not had any problems. I have this attached to a modified Dell Precision 670 Serverand USB 3.0 is transfers are fast. I h...
  • Cons: No Cons to list at this time.
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Overall 8
8.0

Review Update

Reyyan A., Newegg
30 December 2014
  • Summary: This is my update to an earlier review. The first unit I bought 3 years ago had failed. It was a backplane PCB issue and I wanted to replace it. Initially i found their web tech support dismal and they didn't have a support phone number. I then tried to contact them through email.
  • Pros: Better customer support this time around
  • Cons: No new Cons to report
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Overall 8
8.0

Newest Revision Is Very Solid

Gerald C., Newegg
27 December 2014
  • Summary: This type of box is only for users with a certain use case. If you're one of those like I am, it's a fantastic value. There have been a lot of horror stories about earlier revisions of this unit being unreliable, dying after a while and needing firmware updates that are hard to obtain.
  • Pros: -Supports eSATA and USB 3.0 -Has large cooling fan that's adjustable or can run on auto -Powers off or goes to sleep with power state of PC -Fast I/O performance, even under heavy multi-drive load -Has activity indicators for each drive in the enclosure to monitor performance
  • Cons: -Construction is cheap and plasticy -Front cover is flimsy and if opened regularly, feels like it could break -Fan can be noisy at higher speeds -USB 3.0 performance can be spotty depending on the chipset you connect it to -Phone support is poor and forums are staffed by someone for who English i...
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Overall 8
8.0

perfect for my needs

Curt C., Newegg
19 December 2014
  • Summary: I am using the USB3 interface because using the eSATA only recognized my 1st drive despite my motherboard claiming my eSATA port supports port multiplier. Yes, I do have AHCI enabled in bios.
  • Pros: I just needed JOBD capability. I had no need for raid. I presently only have two 2GB HDD's installed , but they where recognized immediately and up and running. Unit turns off and back on again with computer...that's a plus. All LED's are blue which match my scheme.
  • Cons: Fan is too loud; even on low setting. It's louder than all 5 of my case fans put together. Will eventually install a better fan.
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Overall 10
10

Makes a nice Media Server

Ricci R., Newegg
21 October 2014
  • Summary: Bought this to use as an external media storage box for my WDTV Live (3rd Gen). Had been using four 3TB external drives thru an external usb hub previously. Installed the new 3TB drives into the probox. Hooked it up to a usb 3 port on my pc.
  • Pros: Cheap. Appears to be well built. Works with Seagate and Hitachi 3 TB drives. the Porbox's onboard usb hub is recognized by my WDTV Live (3rd Gen).
  • Cons: Cooling fan somewhat noisy. JBOD only, no RAID. But for the price that's expected.
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Overall 6
6.0

Mediasonic HF2-SU3S2

Reyyan A., Newegg
20 October 2014
  • Summary: This is my second unit, the first one was a USB2 version (SU2S2) and lasted about 3 years before the SATA backplane gave up the ghost, Can't seem to get straight answers from them to my simple questions like "is a replacement board available".
  • Pros: Inexpensive compared to other options, Runs quiet, Looks good
  • Cons: - If it's not on a UPS and the power goes off, it does not turn back ON when power comes back (unlike the computer it is connected to), so if ran unattended, it must be on a UPS for continues operation. - The electronic board (SATA backplane where the drives are connected to) is not replaceable. ...
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