External 4x JBOD enclosure with eSATA and USB 3.0 from IcyBox IB-3640SU3

4 Bay Icy Box External JBOD system for 3.5" SATA HDDs with USB 3.0 & eSATA Host

Icy Box
Scan code: LN47690 Manufacturer code: IB-3640SU3 Request call
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Product Overview The Icybox IB-3640SU3 is an external 4-bay JBOD enclosure for 4x 3.5” SATA l/ll/lll HDDs easy assembling by tray less design. Features • Silent operation by thermal controlled fan
• Energy saving by supporting sleep modus
• Easy assembling by trayless design
• HDD capacity unlimited
• Supports: Windows XP/Vista/Win7, MAC OS X
• Plug&Play and Hot Swap
• Please note that a port multiplier is required for correct E-SATA functionality
Specifications
Specifications
NAS Form Factor  
Bays  
Storage (Included) N/A
Max. Storage Capacity  
HDD Interface 4 x SATA II - 3Gb/s
HDD Form Factor 4 x 3.5"
Internal Flash Memory No
Internal Flash Memory Capacity  
DOM Module No
DOM Capacity  
CPU  
CPU Model  
Cores  
CPU Speed  
RAM Memory Included  
RAM Memory Type  
Max. RAM Memory Supported  
Cache Drive Interface  
Included Cache Drive Capacity  
Included Cache Drive Type  
LAN Type N/A
Expansion Slots  
External Connectivity
  • 1 x eSATA
  • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0
Cooling Fan
Noise Level  
PSU Type  
PSU Wattage  
Max. Power Consumption  
Dimensions 126 x 166 x 215 (WxHxD mm)
Weight 1.9 kg
Warranty

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Details
Duration:
12 months
Type:
Return to base
DOA Period:
28 days
RTB Period:
12 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
Manufacturer:
Scan
Telephone:
0871-472-4747
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4 Bay Icy Box External JBOD system for 3.5" SATA HDDs with USB 3.0 & eSATA Host is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Useful box. Beware the manual. Small, simple, convenient, significantly cheaper than multiple single disc enclosures. Beware the dreadful manual and be patient when setting it up. Icy Box supply this enclosure in capacities of 2, 4 and 8 discs, and for each capacity they supply both JBOD and RAID versions. I bought the 4-bay JBOD version for use in a SoHo system where it acts as the container for the backup discs, replacing four single-disc enclosures. The box is smaller than I expected, and it is neat, fairly simple and convenient. The onboard port multiplier means that I only need a single cable (eSATA or USB3) to make each disc separately visible to the host PC. I prefer eSATA for technical reasons, but it is now quite rare, so having USB3 available as well is very useful. Icy Box supply handles which you attach to the discs in order to insert and remove them - these handles don't work particularly well, but unless you expect to change discs frequently, this is no big deal. In operation the box has performed very well and without any dramas. I haven't measured the performance but it seems to me to be quite reasonable. I deplore companies which fail to provide adequate and appropriate documentation for their products. Why ? Firstly, because it suggests they don't care about what they are selling; secondly, because each and every customer has to expend a lot of energy and waste a lot of time figuring out how to make their shiny new box work correctly. In order to avoid stress and the concomitant bad language, you should be aware of the following : 1) The power button works instantaneously when you turn on the power, but to turn the box off you have to press and hold the button for about 4 seconds; with all the other front panel buttons, you must press and hold them for about 4 seconds before they function. I think this makes good sense because it avoids accidental operation of the controls, but a brief note in the manual would prevent many people from thinking that their box is broken. 2) The layout of the front panel could hardly be more misleading because it very easy to associate lights and buttons incorrectly. 3) On the front panel there are a SYNC button and a SYNC light which are not mentioned anywhere in the manual. When you operate the SYNC button, the light cycles round off, amber and blue. The idea is that when SYNC is active the box switches itself on and off in sync with the host - I believe this occurs when the light is amber. The factory default setting meant that each time I turned the box on, it switched itself off after about two seconds.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good, but not perfect The box is sturdily made, with some strong fans inside to keep the drives cool. The 2 different connections (USB and eSATA) work without trouble and I've got it running with the drives in both RAID 1 and JBOD (my drives are different sizes so the spaces leftover after setting up RAID 1 are in JBOD). Despite this weirdness it has run flawlessly. The slight negatives are: -It is a bit fiddley to get the drives into position as you can't guide them inside and the guide-rails don't really guilde them. I was left uncertain if the connection had been made at the back. -For some strange reason the status lights on the front don't line up with related buttons (e.g. the light for eSata or USB doesn't tie up with the button that toggles the connection type). It had me initially a bit confused as the lettering on the buttons and status lights is very small and rather dark. -The eSATA cable doesn't hold very tightly and I've twice pulled it loose whilst moving the box. The second time was a very slight movement as it was a bit squint and that was enough for the cable to pop out.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent storage expansion option I've got the non raid version of this, using an esata connection, and offering up the disks as JBOD, works brilliantly, they are all sat on a storage pool, I'd suggest having pools sitting solely within or without of the device so if there is a 'waking up' issue then it doesn't declare that the pool has failed, it just won't be there and will then be resolved once it restarts. The only minor concern is that the manual doesn't really describe how to get it to wake/sleep with the machine it is connected to, but it can be figured out. Keep the door open else they might get a little warm, hence the 4 point quality score, but a nice big drill will resolve that once you are happy that you aren't returning it. I used the port multiplier below.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works really well, for keeping a few old drives I had knocking about safe and accessible I found the drive went to sleep very quickly when attached directly to my laptop. I have it mounted directly to my nas now which is raid 1 with two drives, and back up to the icybox drive periodically. The drives are simple to remove and replace so I could put one in a fire safe to be quadrupally sure not to loose my data, great product at a great price . Scan at every helpful and delivery is quick
Date published: 2016-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product, but occasional problems with USB 3. I now have 4 of these enclosures and use them connected by eSATA as I had problems with USB3. When I tried using USB3 it would often disconnect in the middle of file transfer for no particular reason. This happened on several different computers with different USB3 leads. USB2 worked without any problem but of course is a lot slower.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic piece of kit !st class product, from a 1st class supplier (Scan)
Date published: 2013-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great if you can fill the blanks While this device works really well for me, the instructions provided couldn't be more confusing. They are really for the RAID version and make no mention of the "sync" button at all. My setup was pulled together after a lot of trial and error trying to find what worked. Now it's all configured, data rates (1gbps network) are almost as fast as on the same machine and it works well.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job well. Pros. -Can sync with PC to turn on and off with it. -Takes 4 SATA HDDs -USB3 interface plenty fast enough for Media -Each drive appears as a individual HDD Cons. -Found fan too noisy so removed it. -USB cable could have been a bit longer.
Date published: 2013-08-10
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Questions & Answers

can i use this with 4tb hard drives

Asked by: dee6567
Yes. I have four 4TB drives in my box, and they are all working happily. I haven't yet tried anything larger.
Answered by: HABlet
Date published: 2017-05-08

I bought this unit - but it does switch off very quickly after only a short time and then you need to press the on button to wake it up

Are there some power management settings ?
Asked by: smartibs
The instructions are rubbish. Try the following : Disable the automatic interface by using the INTERFACE button to force it to use your preferred connection - one of the lights eSATA (under the INTERFACE button) or USB (under the SYNC button) will light. Disable SYNC by pressing the SYNC button until the SYNC light goes out. This prevents the box from switching on and off with the host and also from switching off if the host resets the connection. Good luck !
Answered by: HABlet
Date published: 2017-05-08
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External 4x JBOD enclosure with eSATA and USB 3.0 from IcyBox IB-3640SU3
External 4x JBOD enclosure with eSATA and USB 3.0 from IcyBox IB-3640SU3