Icy Box IB-RD3219StU3-B 2-Bay RAID System for 3.5 inch SATA HDD to USB 3.0 Host
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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...
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works fine and as advertised.
Mine is working with 2 old 500 Gb hard disks in RAID 0.
Since it's fan-less the disks go to a bit of high temperatures but since my... Read more
Very compact RAID enclosure.
Installation of HDD's could have been more straightforward rather than having to dismantle the whole package. Read more
These boxes are cheap-ish and look good. I am only giving them three stars because they don't keep the drives cool and the LEDs on the front are far too bright; I have a pair of... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2014 by Mr. N. J. Pettefar
Hard drives, especially big ones, get hot and hotter still when enclosed in tight spaces.
I bought this as a cheap way of not raiding together 2 drives and running them... Read more
USB only,not very flexible. impossible to create a RAID system on Mac, one needs to use special admin scripts as root admin.Published on 19 Aug. 2013 by Mario
fast, flawless, silent.
I placed 2x2TB seagates inside.
Unit does have a standby mode but I find the on/off switch is best for me. Read more
In terms of construction, this enclosure has some similarities to the curate's egg; it has some good parts and some bad, but mostly the latter.
The unit is USB 3. Read more
Drives in this Icy Box can get extremely hot. I've just installed Speedfan to check the temperature of my 2 x 3TB Hitachi drives in this enclosure. Read morePublished on 17 July 2012 by Zaxx