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Icybox IB-366StUS2-B External Enclosure for 3.5-inch SATA HDDs

by Icy Box
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  • Aluminium alloy case
  • 1x 3,5" SATA HDD to USB 2.0 and eSATA host
  • EasySwap® - HDD installation without screws
  • Vertical and horizontal settable
  • Hot Plug & Play and Hot Swap
  • Supports SATA HDD (I & II)
  • Low noise, fanless design
  • Transfer rates: USB 2.0 up to 480 Mbit/s, eSATA up to 3 Gbit/s
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Technical Details
BrandIcy Box
Item Weight576 g
Product Dimensions24.5 x 23 x 8 cm
Item model numberIB-366StUS2-B
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB00319CZL4
Best Sellers Rank 70,023 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight998 g
Date First Available28 Jan. 2010
  
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Product Description

This enclosure for an external 3.5" HDD provides a particularly fast data connection with the computer due to its eSATA interface.Especially if you work with today’s multi-core processors you are not willing to lose processing speed at the interface to the external drive. Beside the eSATA there is also a USB port

Manufacturer's Description

This enclosure for an external 3.5" HDD provides a particularly fast data connection with the computer due to its eSATA interface.Especially if you work with today’s multi-core processors you are not willing to lose processing speed at the interface to the external drive. Beside the eSATA there is also a USB port

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CharlieCU on 23 Oct. 2012
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The enclosure is solid and well built but the electronics have a serious problem: the technical specifications for eSATA transfer rate on Amazon, as well as the product specificatiuon on Raidsonic Website, are WRONG.
According to Raidsonic customer support this enclosure only supports a transfer rates of 150MB/sec on eSATA because of limitations in the bridge chip used (Initio INIC-1611).
This is a far cry from the transfer rate that you should expect on SATA2 and that is specificed (up to 3 Gbit/s or 300MB/sec) and it means that with this enclosure you are limited to SATA 1 speeds.
As today's mechanical disks easily go over 200MB/sec using this product means accepting a severe and visible reduction in transfer rate, especially noticieable if you're moving large multi gigabyte files or if you think to use it on a NAS that supports eSATA.
On USB 2.0 the speed is not a problem because the bottleneck is the interface speed itself (much slower than the disk you'll put in it) but if you are interested in this enclosure because it is one of the few that supports also eSATA then beware.
As a USB2.0 product at a different price it would be a 5 stars but the misleading specifications on the principal selling point of the product (eSATA support and Transfer Rate) are a deal killer in my view.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobby B on 8 April 2012
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This external hard drive enclosure by Icybox is the best I have ever purchased, there are instructions if needed for this but it's very straight forward to use.
Very well designed and robust, looks great too, the blue static on light changes colour when the drive is starting activity, a very nice touch.

I have used several hard drives for this enclosure so far it's been very easy to change hard drives whenever needed and it still feels very stable.

This Hard Drive Enclosure cames with both esata Cables and usb cables included.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DrDuck on 1 Oct. 2012
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Well made fanless enclosure.

If you intend to use this with a Linux based NAS and a large (>2TB drive) then the following may help.

As confirmed by the German manufacturer (Raidsonic), in an email I received from them, this will work with a 3TB drive (and I guess probably a 4TB but I can't confirm this). However, they didn't tell me how to set it up but I managed to work it out. I went for the Seagate Barracuda 7200 [...] as the Hitachi drive in the QNAP seems a bit noisy.

However, on installing the drive (easy although you have to pull on the door rather hard to remove the drive) both my MacBook Pro (early 2011, Mountain Lion) and my QNAP P119II both saw the drive as 800GB or so rather than the expected 2.7TB. OS X Disk Utility was no better no matter how I formatted it. I solved the problem using Linux running on the QNAP and controlled through OS X Terminal. I followed [...] after making sure that I was formatting the correct disk. I had to reboot the NAS with the enclosure attached by eSATA the first time for it to be recognised (further reboots don't seem necessary). Now the QNAP finds it in seconds. USB2 connection is fine if slow in comparison with the eSATA interface.

I've seen plenty of other alternative solutions on Windows boxes but luckily didn't have to wrestle with drivers and BIOS settings. The Seagate website goes into glorious detail for Windows users but was silent when it came to my setup.

You get both eSATA and USB cables and a GB switched mode plug in the box, as well as a removable hoop to stand the drive upright.

This combination now more or less silently backs up my NAS data over eSATA. A 1.3TB backup took about 7 hours. The fanless case got warm but not hot.

I hope that this helps others with a similar problem to solve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By minusdot on 25 Jan. 2012
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This is a great disk enclosure; I'm very impressed with the how easy it is to install a disk; no screws or cables to connect just pop it in the caddy.

The description doesn't mention that it comes with an eSATA and a USB cable to connect the device. Amazon points out that people who bought this also bought an eSATA cable; which confused me into thinking that it didn't come with one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Familychoice on 19 Mar. 2011
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I purchased this product to use with a range of back-up drives, and it does the job well. Drives can be swapped in a few seconds, and transfer speeds via the eSATA connection are very fast.

Construction is good - sturdily built using good quality materials, and operation is quiet and drives seem to stay cool even with long use.

The drive turned up after a few days of ordering, as always very impressed with Amazon delivery.

I would probably have rated the drive at 4 stars, however there's a good reason for the extra one: A hard drive in my old PC stopped working, so I took it to the local PC shop to see if they could get it working and rescue the contents. Using their 'professional' equipment they told me they were unable to even see the drive and pronounced it 'completely dead'. When the Icybox arrived I thought I'd give it a go and see if it could pick anything up. I had nothing to lose and popped the drive into the caddy. It picked up my old 'dead' drive straight away and gobsmacked I was able to back up contents that I thought were long gone.

So for thirty quid I've got a great caddy to use with my drives, and it's saved me a bill of several hundred quid in getting the contents off my old drive via a specialist recovery service.

Recommended.
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