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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
I own three of these enclosures - 2 silver and 1 black, if it matters.

I bought them because they support 3TB hard drives (under Windows 7 64 bit), which is what I am in fact using with these 2 of these(Hitachi 5400RPMs), plus 1 Seagate 1.5TB @ 7200RPM. You have to format them properly (GPT, not MBR) to get the full 3TB (actually 2.8, but who is counting?).

I also own a couple of the version that includes a USB 3.0 port. I recommend those over this version for the added versatility. The eSATA port is being phased out of the newer notebooks. Transfer rates will be the same regardless because internally this enclosure support SATA 3gbs but not SATA 6gbs.

The Seagate 7200RPM drive was running quite hot in my external USB 3 dock, but is now as cool as a cucumber in this enclosure. The fan makes a difference.

The fan is a bit noisy, but can be turned off, as other reviewers have noted. It is an oddball size (80mm), and therefore cannot be easily replaced, so hope for the best. I suspect the huge metal case will provide pretty good heat dissipation regardless.

The lights are obnoxious, but who cares?

This enclosure is built like a Mac truck. It works well.

I recommend it.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2011
I've been using this case now for almost a year now and I just love it. I've been looking around for an external case for a buddy and I've suggested this one based on my own experience. I'm glad that I have looked to see what is out there though. There are numerous "look a like" cases out there that don't compare to this one. They all have numerous issues and lots of bad/mixed reviews.

This case came with the eSata cable, along with a device so you can attach the case to a desktop with out having to open the case everytime if you want to use the eSata connection versus the USB 2.0.

I've used about four different hard drives in the case between 1 or 2 TBs and all worked fine. It was easy to swap out the HDDs, even with having to remove 8-10 screws.

Again after looking at other cases I would highly recommend this one for the following reasons:
1. Sturdy case with no issues with craftsmanship.
2. Power supply is durable. It doesn't get hot with the device on for three days, and the connection to the case is a simple plug and fits snuggly with out falling out.
3. It has the necessary cables to use eSata out of the box.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2012
After having problems with my disks running hot in other enclosures, I picked up a pair of these Rosewill enclosures in black. I am very, very pleased with them. I will never again put drives into enclosures without cooling fans. I have found that in external enclosures and desktops alike, lack of forced airflow and resultant heat is the #1 killer of drives.

The Rosewill fan is very quiet, and moves enough air to keep my Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB drives running at a very comfortable 32-34 C in a room that is 26-27 degrees C. And, the fans are so quiet I do not hear them at all in my family room - hopefully they will stay this quiet as the units age. Right now I have to put my head right next to them to hear their low frequency whoosh.

I have one connected via ESATA to my ZyXEL NSA210 Digital Media Storage Server. Two other esata enclosures failed to work reliably with the NSA210, but the Rosewill enclosure with the very same drive is working great.

The second unit is connected vi USB to a Win7 Home 64 bit desktop and thus far is working just as you would expect - quiet and reliable.

Pros:
- Good connectivity with both esata and USB 2 (USB 3 versions are available)
- USB cable, esata cable, and esata desktop slot bracket included
- Very quiet fan
- Fan can be switched off
- Drives running nice and cool
- Well constructed

Cons:
- Appearance is definitely in the geek category
- No cradle or feet on the case. It's not tippy but I would be hesitant to set it down directly on a nice piece of furniture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2011
I bought this enclosure to use a former internal hard drive as an external backup drive. Everything went together perfectly. The eSata connection is great and, as an added bonus I didn't have to sacrifice an eSata port because Rosewill includes an eSata interface that you can mount into a card slot and plug into an available main board port. There's a USB2 cable provided if eSata isn't available. Also, the case contains a fan that can be turned on or off independant of the main power.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This box seems very robust and is quiet. I have it filled with a 2 terabyte Hitachi through the ESATA port and it is fine. It went together in minutes with no problems. At this point time will tell but after a month of light use there are no complaints
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2013
This unit is well constructed, works well with USB but not with eSata. I got errors using eSata. You will have to go to Rosewill's site and down load a bios update to get the eSata to work properly. After the update eSata worked as it should. (You can read the info on eSata problems on the web if you want to know why some do not work properly)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2013
I have two of these. I use them for backing up my PC, so they get very light use. One has lasted for several years with no issues. The new one had a sleep mode that makes the drive virtually useless, but a firmware update killed that stupid "feature". Now it works great. Whoever designed that sleep "feature" is a bonehead. But rest assured that the firmware update does fix that terrible design flaw.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2012
I purchase this product for my eSATA 1.5TB drive. I had previously had this inside a small desktop tower I was using as a media server however parted with that and kept the drive. I purchased a laptop that has an eSATA port in between 2 USB 3.0 ports and wanted to see if I could plug this in to the port and what speeds I'd get. Once it arrived I immediately opened it up, put the drive in the case, and began to transfer files. It works phenomenally! Only reason its getting on star taken off is if you bump it or it get knocked over/kicked or jarred at all, it will become disconnected. *On the inside where you push the drive into the connector* So you have to open it up and reseat everything. This is a hassle only because I don't have a set place to put it so it gets jarred often. If they had something on the inside to hold it securely I'd definitely give it 5 stars and would have not problems recommending this to someone else. However, as is, just be weary of this. I will try to rig something together my self to help alleviate this issue however, I feel I shouldn't have to try to solve the manufacturers problem. All in all, decent product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
I'd buy another one. Install was quick and easy. There are 2 switches on the back, one for the whole unit and the other for the fan. It's nice to be able to turn the fan off. Currently it's being used as a backup device for a NAS. It doesn't see much use except for the daily backup. It's housing a Western Digital 750GB Green drive, it's working well. I had tried using the eSATA, that's why I purchased this enclosure, and it doesn't work for my setup. It's unclear if the fault is with this enclosure or the NAS I'm using (Zyxel NSA-210) but once the drive powers down, it won't power back up. I do NOT have this issue if I use it via USB to the same NAS, only through eSATA do I have an issue. It's been working flawless via USB for a few months now.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2012
The unit randomly disconnects the hard drive when connected via USB! It happens both with Widows and Linux, and with a variety of hard drive sizes and manufactures (drives that are known to work in other enclosures!) It disconnected during a write operation and destroyed my partition. Fortunately I was able to repair the damage, but there's no reason why a brand new modern enclosure should not flawlessly support usb connection if it claims to.
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