Posts Tagged ‘Hot swap’
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ICY DOCK FlexCage MB975SP-B Front

ICY DOCK FlexCage MB975SP-B Review Tray-less 5-in-3 Hot Swap

The ICY DOCK FlexCage MB975SP-B is a trayless hot-swap hard drive enclosure that can fit 5 drives in 3 5.25" ODD bays. It has many of the major features we look for in this class of workstation hot swap cages


Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB Slim DVD + 2 x 2.5″ in 5.25″ Review

The Icy Dock MB994IPO-3SB is a really cool product. Here’s the basic idea – take a standard 5.25″ optical drive bay and make it more useful. Useful in the sense that it allows one to still use the 5.25″...



StarTech SATSAS425BK Hot Swap SSD 4-in-1 2.5″ to 5.25″ Review

StarTech sent their new SATSAS425BK hot swap enclosure after the recent review of the StarTech SATSASBAY425 unit. Both enclosures allow for four 2.5″ devices to occupy one 5.25″ bay. The big benefit here is that one...


StarTech SATSASBAY425 Hot Swap SSD 4-in-1 2.5″ to 5.25″ Review

Today we are looking at the StarTech SATSASBAY425 which is a 4-in-1 2.5″ drives to 5.25″ drive bay hot swap unit great for SSDs. As SSD prices fall, it becomes more likely that users will turn to RAID 0, RAID 1 or R...



Thermaltake MAX-1562 Hot Swap SSD 6-in-1 2.5″ to 5.25″ Enclosure Review

Last week we reviewed the Thermaltake MAX-1542 hotswap enclosure that puts four 2.5″ hot swap drive bays into a single 5.25″ drive slot. This week, we are looking at Thermaltake’s higher-density product, the ...


Thermaltake MAX-1542 Hot Swap SSD 4-in-1 2.5″ to 5.25″ Review

Solid-state storage is getting cheaper almost by the day, so it is no surprise that users are starting to put more than one SSD in their workstations and desktops. Personally I have had at least three SSDs in my main workstatio...



Supermicro SC933T-R760B 3U 15x 3.5″ SAS/SATA Storage Chassis Review

After some prodding I am starting to do a few more chassis reviews. To continue on this theme, I recently purchased a Supermicro SC933T-R760B which is a 15 bay 3.5″ SAS/ SATA chassis with a triple redundant power supply. ...


Installing disks into the Norco RPC-4220 DAS/ SAS Expander Enclosure

SAS Expanders, Build Your Own JBOD DAS Enclosure and Save – Iteration 1

Oftentimes, users running file servers such as Windows 2008 Server R2, Windows Home Server, Linux variants (including Openfiler), OpenSolaris, FreeBSD (including FreeNAS), and so forth will require more storage than their serve...



Testing the “limits” of WHS: 37 Drives = Fail

I had heard rumors of 32 drives being the limit, so I figured, why not? I had more than 32 1.5TB and 2TB disks in hot swap bays, and could easily handle the connectivity. Plus, since I am booting the new WHS from a VHD, I knew ...


The Big (30+ drive) Windows Home Server (Part 2) Hardware Selection

First off, this is not a typical WHS build, and it was not meant to be. For the majority of users, a HP MediaSmart (by far the WHS to get if you do not DIY the build) is the way to go. For my purposes, I have seen a consistent,...