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Wish it would have worked for me...
on February 27, 2012
Solid construction, hefty. With the drives in, it has a nice weight to it and felt durable. Came in a nice looking box. The fan itself wasn't loud, but it was pushing a decent amount of air (more than I needed) which did raise the audible level up. If I had kept the enclosure I was going to install a potentiometer on the fan so I could bring the air levels down. It's not what you would call a beautiful case, but it definitely didn't look bad on my desk.
After a certain amount of time (always just a matter of hours) the drives, either one at a time or both, would become non-writeable until I bounced the enclosure. Both drives were still readable, just not writeable. OS X would respond with an error -50 and that the drives were in use. They also could not be ejected. This happened over and over. I tried repositioning the drives, reformatting the drives, health checks on the drives, different USB ports (hub and directly connected) with no help. I have 3 other external (single drive) enclosures hooked up to the same system without issue.
I was really hoping this enclosure would work for me so I could cut down on the amount of connected boxes on my desk. Was planning on buying more had it worked out. I read that some people that encountered this issue with other devices disabled sleep mode for their drives and it went away. I do not consider that a good solution so I didn't go that far with it. I almost tried a replacement, but in the end just returned the enclosure and bought 2 single drive units in its place.
So, since I don't know if I just got a faulty enclosure or if another would have behaved the same, I'm going with 3 stars. Had it worked for me it would have been 4 stars for sure due to all of the things listed in the "goods" section of the review.