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Icy Box IB-RD3219StU3-B 2-Bay RAID System for 3.5 inch SATA HDD to USB 3.0 Host

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  • External RAID System for 2x 3.5" SATA HDDs
  • RAID Level: RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD
  • HDD capacity up to 3 TB
  • Compact Aluminium Design
  • External data interface: 1x USB 3.0

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Technical Details
BrandIcy Box
Item Weight1.9 Kg
Product Dimensions8 x 20 x 13 cm
Item model numberIB-RD3219StU3-B
SeriesIB-3219StU3-B
ColorBlack
Form Factor3.5"
Hard Drive Size3 TB
Number of USB 3.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB000L105KS
Best Sellers Rank 106,420 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.3 Kg
Date First Available1 Mar. 2010
  
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Simple: RAID setting with a switch. LEDs for activities and alarm Fast: USB 3.0 provides a fast connection.

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Simple: RAID setting with a switch. LEDs for activities and alarm Fast: USB 3.0 provides a fast connection.

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I bought this to replace a Netgear Duo standalone NAS that was painfully slow at streaming 1080p High definition video around the house. (15 m/b sec)

I have an Atom based media center on 24/7 so it simply a case of using this enclosure and setting up the shared drive on my network. Speeds are good (50m/b sec) but the bottleneck i think is the Hard Drive speed itself rather than the enclosure or USB 3.0 interface.

To save power the Hard Drives go to sleep after a length of inactivity. The drive still remains mounted - there is a short 1-2 second pause whilst the drives spins up. This is seamless and very useful feature if you are leaving the enclosure on 24/7. It not only saves pwer but prolongs the life of the drives.

The one downside is that each drive must be screwed into the enclosure. its a faff to swap in a third hard drive if you like to keep an off site backup every once in a while. On the netgear you simply inserted a cady and it was a 10 second job to swap out the hard drives. Still i doubt this will effect most people.

All in all, this £50 solution works better for me than a device more than 3x its price. If you are sick of slow speeds from a standalone NAS then this might be the solution for you.

NOTE: On intial setup the drive does not appear. You need to go into the disk management utility of windows and find the device as a logicial drive. Format it. It does NOT appear in windows explorer until you have first formatted and mounted the device. After that it automataically appears as a normal drive. There should really be step by step guide in the instructions for this...
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I bought this for a Raspberry PI 2 and added two WD Green disk in it.

These are my notes, based on the rest of the comments:
* It's smaller that what I was thinking, which is a plus for me.
* The disks fit in without leaving much free space.
* The Greens that I used end up having a very decent temperature. I guess that's because of the greens. I wouldn't put anything other than Greens/Reds or equivalents of them in it. Otherwise you'll need a case with a fan (this doesn't have one)
* There are 3 leds which are too bright when looked straight ahead. Within any angle (even small ones) they become normal.
* It doesn't have a fun so there's no extra noise from the case
* The overall noise is decent. The case doesn't cut all of it, so some of the disk rotational noise escapes. However, with the greens it's pretty low. It's also better than having exposed disks.
* You need to fiddle a bit with the screws to properly align the disks in place.

Other than that it works pretty well for the past 1 week with two disks presented to a Raspberry PI over one USB cable (JBOD) and then configured with mdadm as RAID-1.

Overall, it is exactly what I was looking for: An external SATA case for 2 3.5" disks, without a fan, that requires a single USB connection.
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I have been using RAID devices for a little over 18 years, mainly on Unix boxes, so I come to this with some experience. i purchased this inexpensive enclosure to make good use of a pair of Hitachi Deskstar, 1 Tb drives which have spent the last 12 months in my G-Safe RAID back-up unit which i have upgraded to 2 Tb. [I like Hitachi drives for their quiet, trouble free operation and excellent data transfer rates.]. Hitherto these 1 Tb drives took some 11 hours 30 mins to transfer 900 Gb of data over USB 2 from my Mac Pro when housed in the G-Safe enclosure. These same drives, installed in the Icy Box took 16 hours 49 mins to transfer the same data. i conclude that the data bus controller in the Icy Box must be the bottle neck, since both implementations of the drives is otherwise identical. [Carbon Copy Cloner was used throughout this test]

BUT, if speed is not your thing but reliability is, then you need look no further. The Icy Box will not disappoint and as such deserves the full 5 star rating!
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I bought this raid enclosure because I needed a very large hard drive.after a few hours coping it gor very hot to the touch. I had to stop as i got very worried about the overheating. I had to return it.
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I'm very happy with my dual drive enclosure, I searched high and low for a fanless one as this will be in use continously as expanded storage for a file server in my room. I understand that without active cooling drives can get hot, so I chose two WD 4TB green drives (yes, it does support 4TB drives, I checked the chipset specs before ordering and I can confirm from use) in the knowledge that they ran much cooler than 7X00rpm drives (I have some hitachi 4TB drives that run very hot, so they would clearly be unsuitable for this enclosure).

The enclosure is a modest affair, it has either RAID 0, 1 or JBOD. I elected to use RAID 0 in order to speed up file transfer (8TB takes a long time to fill and/or empty) and after an inital problem setting it up (I didn't RTFM), got myself a 7.27GB drive with a throughput of approx 200MB/s either way. From what I can tell, the drives don't spin down after non-use, although I'm experimenting with hddscan to do this instead.

So in conclusion, if all you're after is a silent dual drive enclosure and don't intend to use 7X00rpm drives, this is a very suitable purchase and I think you'll be quite happy with it too.
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