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I don't actually own one (I use bare HDDs in hot swap bays in my computer). I only know what I read in reviews. As I said before, the cooling issue seemed to be limited to that one batch that had the wrong case.

Dammit... I just read people are having a problem with the LED on the Vantec NexStar HX NST-330SU3-BKl you recommended. They can't turn it off. I don't want a bright blue LED lighting up my dark entertainment room, distracting the hell out of me. (its going to be right under my TV). Another concern is theft in the downstairs office. I walked in the back door and heard a thief running out the front of the house once, and another one was sneaking around our house a few years back a bunch of times at night. Nothing better to tempt a thief than the bright blue LED of an electronic device making an entire room glow at night."Hey! Free computer over here!" If I can't turn it off, I don't know if I want to buy that. Is there a way to turn that LED off without voiding the warranty? I remember reading the LED can be unplugged from the other Vantec I was originally going to get. That's one of the reasons I liked it. Can the LED not be unplugged because its soldered in place or because its spliced in with the fan, so you can't disable one without during off the other?

Common... how hard is it to make a decent HDD enclosure. I've been looking over tons of them and this is getting stupid. So many of them have one deal breaking issue or another. Crappy adapter, bright LED you can't turn off, overheating, cheap parts that fall off and break from normal use, bad connectors, surges, etc.

I talked to a tech over at Microcenter, and he said he's been searching since last year for a good one and he can't find one either! Common... seriously? Can not one company make at least one good enclosure?

If anyone can help I'm looking for this:

Single HDD 3.5 HDD SATA 3 Enclosure with:
1. Good cooling for extended use (hours)
2. Must allow the HDD to spin down when not in use!
3. No LEDs, unless I can turn it off with a switch or by unplugging it from control board (without loosing power to fan, if there is one)
4. USB 3.0 or USB 3.0 & eSATA combo
5. No patterns of serious customer complaints (unless the problem has been addressed)
6. Empty. I'm buying the HDD's separately.
8. Doesn't cost a first born. tongue.gif

Those are the problems I've been running into, and honestly I'm not asking a lot. Those are all very fair expectations. I'm willing to pay as much as $60 or even $80 for a really good one.
Edited by Drahadis - 3/23/14 at 4:37pm
post #22 of 25
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Anyone have opinions about these two?

ICY DOCK Blizzard MB080U3S-1SB
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198053

SilverStone TS07B
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256076

I noticed a pattern of people complaining the Thermaltake ST0020U doesn't like some of the WD blacks and greens... and I have a black. So I guess I should stay away from that.

I'm still considering that Vantec. If I can't find anything I'll have to buy and and probably find a way to mod the LED or just cut the wire entirely, and void the warranty. frown.gif Why do they have the need to put LEDs on everything?
post #23 of 25
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I've been reading about the ICY DOCK Blizzard MB080U3S-1SB more and customer comments on a few sites. Something is troubling me about it. Some people are saying it doesn't like some of the WD drives, but one guy says he's tried it with various WD's and Seagates and they all worked. One of the customers who complained said he's blaming it on the vertical design and lack of a hard mount. How would that effect anything? Does the drive need to be grounded to something? And I've seen hot swap bays that are vertical. Are there drives that won't work when they're vertical or does it cause a problem with the operation of some drives?
Edited by Drahadis - 3/24/14 at 8:26pm
post #24 of 25
I'd get one of the NewEgg Rosewills or anything with a UL listed AC power adapter. I've been using all kinds of crud, mostly Bytecc (GenesisLogic USB 3.0 bridge chip), after replacing the AC adapters with UL listed ones from Goodwill or college surplus sales and maybe drilling ventilation holes. It probably doesn't hurt to use a brand of bridge chip found in Seagate and WD external drives, probably Initio, but NEC should always be good.
post #25 of 25
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Should I have mentioned the hard drive I'm going to be using? Apologies, the thread wasn't originally meant for looking for an enclosure. I thought I already found one!

I have four new SATA 3 WD 1TB Blacks. Two of them need external enclosures. They're 7200, so probably ones with adequate ventilation like you said, or active cooling.
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I'd get one of the NewEgg Rosewills or anything with a UL listed AC power adapter.

I'd probably get a Rosewill but I just tore through their site and surprisingly they actually don't make any 3.5 SATA 3 enclosures! Never mind ones with fans or lots of ventilation holes. I can't believe that! I'm sure their product reps are sending them tons of customer complaints.
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Originally Posted by larymoencurly View Post

I've been using all kinds of crud, mostly Bytecc (GenesisLogic USB 3.0 bridge chip), after replacing the AC adapters with UL listed ones from Goodwill or college surplus sales and maybe drilling ventilation holes. It probably doesn't hurt to use a brand of bridge chip found in Seagate and WD external drives, probably Initio, but NEC should always be good.

Raidmax makes enclosures with NEC chips but they're not available in the US. Finding that was a fluke. How do I find more HDD enclosures based on what controller chips they use? If I'm using WD, would a chip made by Seagate be a bad idea? I don't know much about this topic. tongue.gif


LOL!!!! I just realized VANTEC NST-330SU3-BK is SATA I and II only. No SATA III support. wheee.gif This is becoming an ordeal..... lol So why am I laughing?
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