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.
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