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want to pick up one of these, but all of the reviews say they are crap, i looked at this Supermicro  and these Icy Dock ones  http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=163 and this one http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=155

who owns  any one of these what are your thoughts and recommendations on why i should get?


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@OP

I had one of the IcyDock 3-in-2 units. It's served me well for over 10 years before recently burning out - due to dust - and taking a RAID 1 pair with it. Luckily I had already transferred that data to another drive. biggrin.gif So yes, they work well but clean them every so often. tongue.gif
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just some reviews on the 3 in 2 unit, a lot of people have to modify their case for it to fit. it just seems like all these companies charge $100 for a product that doesnt fit or just crap

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@OP

Yeah, I had to do the same thing with my current case - a Lian-Li PC-A04 - due to the guide tabs for the 5.25" devices getting in the way; I had to remove them with a Dremel. My previous case didn't have this issue. It just depends on the case.
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oh ok thanks for your input

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I have two of these and they work great. They also act as a heatsink for all the HDDs. The best thing about them is you don't have to install them into trays so installation is so easy.

http://www.istarusa.com/istarusa/products.php?model=BPN-DE350SS#.Vp0YsiorJaQ
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i went with the Istarusa one, should be here in this week, its going in to lian li pc-7 i had laying around, i'll post some pics in the post your server thread.  thanks again for the suggestions guys.

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I run the 4x3.5" bay IcyDocks, simply because my cases have annoying guide rails in place between the 5.25" drive bays, and the 5 bay IcyDock won't fit, while the 4 bay one will.

Had one for the last 18 months, the second for the last 12... both working fine. (Although I'm thinking about replacing the fan on the first due to some odd noises....)

Been very please with them overall.
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That iStarUSA unit looks pretty nice actually. I may invest in one. biggrin.gif
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@PuffinMyLye

That iStarUSA unit looks pretty nice actually. I may invest in one. biggrin.gif

Yea I'm a big fan of them. So much easier to maintain then trays.
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