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ORICO PHB35-5 5-Bay Hard Drive Carrying Case , Hard Disk Drive Protection Box (5 Bay 3.5" HDD Carrying Case)

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  • Anti-Static , Anti-Drop , Anti-Shake and Water, Dust Resistant Hard Disk Drive Protect Case
  • Engineering Plastic Shell & EVA Cushion Protect You Valuable Devices And Data
  • Easy and Reliable way to hold 5PCS 3.5 inch Hard Drive
  • Marking Label For HDD Library Management, Make Management Easy
  • Portable And Easy For Storage Or Carrying

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ORICO PHB35-5 5-Bay Hard Drive Carrying Case , Hard Disk Drive Protection Box (5 Bay 3.5" HDD Carrying Case) + Inateck Dual Two Bays USB 3.0 Hard Drives External Docking Station Support Online and Offline Clone Function for 2.5 Inch & 3.5 Inch HDD SSD SATA (SATA I/ II/ III) Support 2 x 4TB, Including USB 3.0 Cable and External Power Supply 12V 4A, Comaptible with Windows XP / Vista / 7/8 / Mac OS 10.8.4 [ Tool-free, Black ]
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 16.8 x 15.5 cm ; 971 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Item model number: ORICO PHB35-5
  • ASIN: B005INZKKE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,875 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

The Orico PHB35-5 - 3.5" HDD protection Box is made of high-grade plastic. Besides this, it is screwless and convenient to handle. PHB35-5 can be used to archive 5pcs HDD. The lable design allows a comfortable overview about the stored content.

Features:

1. Tool free HDD drawer design with easy installation
2. Huge capacity with storage space up to 5 SATA/IDE 3.5" HDDs
3. Security hard disk protection design
4. High grade strong and rich texture material
5. One-piece moulding case
6. Dust-proof, shock-proof and anti-humidity
7. There are labels on each cover to describe the content of each HDD
8. Bottom anti-slip mat
9. Store all your hard disk safely and keep them in order
10. Unique appearance, beautiful style, elegant surface treatment with texture feeling
11. Black color

Package content:

1x ORICO PHB35-5 protection case


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A solid storage cabinet for up to five 3.5" hard drives. I bought it to use with a StarTech SuperSpeed USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Docking Station with Cooling Fan. This holds the drives securely for desk / shelf storage though as there's no padding I'd not recommend it for transporting discs.

Pros
- holds discs firmly with little or no rattling around
- sturdy construction made from one piece of moulded plastic so no seams to crack / split
- big rubber feet stop it moving around on the desk / shelf
- peep holes for easily seeing which bays are occupied / empty
- bays slide out slightly after opening to allow easy removal of drives

Cons, all minor
- flange on the top so can't stack with other units (perhaps not a bad thing given the weight of a full unit)
- catches are little fiddly when shutting & a little stiff to open
- bay labels are paper rather than wipe on / wipe off
- slightly overpriced though prices on Amazon can vary a lot, personally I don't think it's worth more than £25

A few design niggles and I'm not sure how the catches will stand up to long term use. Otherwise this is the best solution I could find for on site drive storage.
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I have many TBs of data, as I store all TV recording on HDDs rather than DVDs. It works out more economical in the long run. I have few hot-swap storage units, which costs as much as the drives, so I have always been looking for storage system to store bare disks and use just one hot-swap unit to access them. This is just what I wanted. Its tidy, cheap, and is not a eyesore. I have just received them today so I do not know how they perform in the long run.

Although I love these, there are two minor problem with them. One is the labels should have been made of plastic sleeves so I can change them whenever I change the contents of the disk. The other problem is because of the bulge on the front top of the box it makes it is not stackable, which is a nuisance. They could have either made it flat or add small legs to bridge over it. I will stick few rubber pads to achieve that.

This is the best of its sort in the market I think. It is well worth it.
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Amazon.com: 93 reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A good idea that needs work 1 Feb 2013
By RSM - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: Grey Verified Purchase
Finding a good quality yet affordable protective case for bare 3.5" drives has been a challenge. This ORICO PHX-35-GY comes the closest I've found so far to fitting my needs, but for my needs it has critical flaws. My use case is off-site backups, and I don't believe this case is suitable for storage or transport of important hard drives. I'd purchase a redesigned case that fixes the problems, even if it cost more.

Here's what's nice about this case: it looks good, its size is convenient, it has a recessed external label, and they are vertically stackable.

Here's what needs to be fixed:

* The hinge
I've opened and closed one case about 6 times and already the cheap folded-plastic hinge is showing signs of fatigue. I suspect the hinge will fail prematurely. A simple interlocking hinge created by assembling individual top and bottom shell pieces would be far more acceptable.

* The interior lining
The lining is thin and stiff. I wouldn't want an important drive within this case to be handled other than very carefully. Do some shock and vibration tests, and find the right type and thickness of liner that can actually offer some tangible shock and vibration benefits. Then, publish those test results so the customers know.

* The interior drive space -- too thin
The interior space doesn't provide enough thickness for standard 3.5" drives, probably in part thanks to the embossed orico logo bumped out from the inner liner's top surface. It takes an uncomfortable amount of force to latch the case closed. That pressure is directed onto the hard drive's most sensitive top and bottom faces, which concerns me. Additionally, the pressure on the latch mechanism is quite high. I expect early latch failure as a result.

* The interior drive space -- too long
The interior space provides too much length for standard 3.5" drives. With a properly defined interior space thickness, this would allow the drive to shift inside the case, mucking up its shock and vibration resistance in certain situations. I prefer a little bit of extra clearance to drop a dessicant pack in the case with the drive, but that is a tiny fraction of the present overage. Perhaps there are slight differences in drive lengths. If so, the solution is a dual-density liner so that shorter and longer drives can both fit without undue play.

* ESD and dust protection
My solution is to drop the drive and a dessicant pack into an ESD bag, fold the bag over, then place it all within the Orico case. With a carefully sized bag, this works great, and probably offers the best and cheapest solution to dust, ESD and even humidity management. Perhaps Orico could sell an accessory kit for the case...

* The label
I like that the case has a label. But it appears this is a paper label not an archival quality synthetic one that would better stand up to long-term storage without fading or peeling. A minor nit-pick, certainly, but one easy and cheap to solve.

UPDATE: cutting out the bumped out orico logo on the inner liner in the lid of the case significantly reduces the pressure placed on the drive when the case is closed. I did this on all three of the Orico cases we purchased and plan to use them this way. Not pretty, but functional.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Amazon, please stop lumping product reviews into one 18 Dec 2013
By Matthew Herold - Published on Amazon.com
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Please note, this review is for the 5-bay Hard Drive Carrying Case. Amazon has placed the reviews for this product together with other products which are VASTLY different from it.

I got my 5-bay carrying case today, and I immediately did not like it. The latches are extremely difficult to un-latch, and the metal spring that holds the drive in place deformed immediately upon the first use. It is not so much a spring, than it is a piece of bent metal. I am able to bend the spring backwards and it stays bent the incorrect direction. This is a really cheap piece of metal that will eventually fail. The drives are held in place decently enough, but with the failure of the metal spring I cannot expect that to last. With the doors open, the drives do NOT fit snugly but instead rattle around. With the doors latched, the drives' vertical movement is certainly impeded, but horizontal movement remains disappointingly high.

Despite being advertised, this case does NOT have shock protection. The floor of the case is solid, not cushioned or spring-loaded. I would not trust this case for long-distance drive protection. However, the claims to dust- and water-resistance I can believe (note I did not say dust- and water-proof) just a little.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sturdy, quality protection for Hard Drives 11 Jun 2013
By healthcare advocate - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: grey Verified Purchase
I have several "semi-retired" hard drives, most of them the older IDE variety, such as 80, 160, 200 GB capacities that store older content. These Orico storage cases are well-designed, and provide a snug fit and dust-proof solution for me. I can label each drive, and they stack well together. Their build reminds me of my DVCAM professional (Sony) videotape cases I've used for years---all they do is work. I haven't risked dropping the Orico case with a drive inside, but I'm confident that stored hard drives will withstand everyday, sensible handling.

Pros:
1. Quality build construction with strong locking clip that won't accidentally pop open. Watch out here---some other brands of hard drive storage cases are flimsy and have weak "locking" clips that don't hold up.
2. Color choices available from most dealers
3. Labels provided on each end of case
4. Interlocking for stacking on shelves, etc.
5. Secure fit for most of my hard drives (see suggestion below) *

Cons:
1. Not really a detriment, but I would like to see some "day-glow" colors for higher visibility
2. Not all dealers carry all of the color choices.

* Some smaller drives (so far I have only one) are not quite as snug in the case. This was easily remedied by using a piece of Scotch heavy duty foam mounting tape. I cut it into 1/4" x 1/2" strips (four of these) and stuck these on top of the gray existing rubber pads in the case. The additional thickness and cushioning of the Scotch mounting tape pieces was more than enough to take up the slight amount of space. No more rattling in the case. If that is too thick, and you can't close the case, try placing the additional Scotch mounting tape strips on both inside surfaces (not on top of the existing foam tabs). That should do it.
(As Sgt. Preston of the Yukon would say, "This case is closed!") ---sorry for the pun :)

As always, purchasing through Amazon was a breeze, and the Orico PHP-35-PU (purple) Hard Disk Drive storage cases arrived quickly and well-packaged. Thanks Amazon for this cost savings and useful product availability!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Thin hinge, like the one on a tic tac box 10 July 2013
By edison - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: grey Verified Purchase
I used this everyday to transport a hard drive to and from work for two weeks. The two halves came apart today. It ripped apart at the thin plastic hinge.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good protection at a low price 7 April 2013
By Barry Berenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: grey Verified Purchase
I bought two of these to transport my backups hard drives (WD Red 2 TB). The case feels strong and rigid. The fit is a bit loose side-to-side, but when closed the case holds the drive firmly. The compressive force is not so high that I worry about it damaging the drives, but I do wonder how it will affect the longevity of the case. As other reviewers have mentioned, the hinge is plastic. When a drive is in the case, the cover is raised about 1/32 of an inch. Not enough that it affects storage (e.g. by allowing foreign objects to get inside the case), but enough to put continual stress on the hinge. But because I have not had the case long enough to tell whether the hinge will actually fail, I can't call this a real flaw. My only real complaint is that the outside of the case is a bit slippery. A textured surface, or perhaps a thin coating to give it some more grip, would be a welcome improvement.

Update Dec. 29, 2013: I've been using these cases for a while now. They are not as slippery as I thought - grip has not been a problem. I did drop one a couple of weeks ago, out of clumsiness, from about three feet. It landed on a corner on a tile floor. The case did not pop open and the drive continues to work just fine.
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