Summary: - Remember to switch the enclosing door to lock, otherwise you may lose your drive (may/will slide out) - Remember to add proper file format on your drive - Satisfied with this purchase
Pros: Used as a backup external device for 32bit-64bit Microsoft OS - Used with 1TB WD Black (tested with other smaller HDD) - eSata is well supported - Cooling Fan works well - Can test and format drives similar as if they directly connected to the motherboard
Cons: - Enclosing door feels flimsy - Enclosing door keeps the drive snug to the connector (hoping there would be an internal clip of such) - Cooling Fan can be loud at time - If inserting drive into the bay in reckless manner, you may damage both devices
Summary: I also have a Vantec NexStar enclosure, which is terrific. But mine is SATA compatible only and it doesn't have a fan, and it's much harder to install. I got the Vantec for $35, if I remember correctly.
Pros: Well thought-out design. Well ventilated. Installation a breeze--no screw drivers needed. Compatible with both IDE and SATA drives.
Cons: The 80mm fan is an overkill, which makes it emit a whining noise. A smaller fan would do the job just as well. Note that only the enclosure is made of aluminum, the hard drive rack inside is made of plastic.
Summary: New Egg is great as usual. No problem with the RMA
Pros: Trayless design, eSATA
Cons: VERY poor quality. Couldn't install a drive because the connector in the case was crooked. It also doesn't use the newer StarTech frictionless connector. The slot for the drive doesn't fit the drive very well and could allow miss-alignment even if the connector wasn't crooked. Don't buy it.
Summary: The unit can't be taken apart even if one wanted try and repair it, it's permanently glued together. The ESATA connection stopped working and I was blaming the cable. Then the USB connection started working sporadically.