Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4
Rated 3 out of 5 by RitchieTheBrit Troublesome to begin with...
This enclosure is a great price, and has some good features. What lets it down is the poor instructions.
Specifically, another reviewer mentioned that trying to configure it with a single drive is impossible to begin with. We tried with Windows and OSX Yosemite, and neither OS's would work. Windows could see the drive, but could not initialise it, OSX simply couldn't see it at all.
To rectify this, a second drive must be added (does not need to be the same capacity for non-raid use#. Plug the enclosure back in, and bingo, both drives are recognised. You can initialise and use the drives independently of each other, so if you have a second drive with data, this can be used to gain access to the drive that requires initialisation (although you won't be able to access it). Ensure you select the correct drive to initialise, otherwise you could lose valuable data.
Once the first drive is initialised, remove the second one and use as you would any external enclosure.
It is worth mentioning these points in the product description...
- Requires 2 drives to configure
- Cannot be used as a drop in enclosure, and drives to be used within this enclosure must be initialised and formatted
The actual enclosure itself is great quality for the price, and simple to use once you get over these initial hurdles. Transfer speed via USB3 is great, but it's also worth mentioning that one of the drive bays is EXTREMELY stiff on our unit, making the swapping of drives a finger-breaking task.
21 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gavlaaa No Issues, No Problems, Easy to use
Got this to house 2 1tb barracuda drives and it was as easy as anything to pop the drives in. Set up in windows and formatted the drive easily. Cooling works great as runs at 34oC in the enclosure appose to 42oC in my HTPC. Great buy and would recommend for storage solutions. Actually bought 2 of these.
20 September 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Kuji Trouble from the start
First let me start with this item looks awesome for the money on scan pricing this item up anywhere else was just short of £100 so £55 i though was quite a bargain and it would of been but its so temperamental at working with large capacity drives its quite unreal.
Sliverstone support is about as much use as a wet paper bag, a chocolate fireguard or an underwater shower.
let me enplane my problem briefly i brought a 2tb wd green drive thinking this would support it with no issues i checked with wd and they said initialize the drive before seating it in the enclosure,
k no problem worked perfectly well in my desktop, mount it in the enclosure it failed to work every time, could not initialize, could not format, could not name nothing. Finally got a hold of another drive just to check the enclosure make sure it wasn't broken (scan support suggested) and it worked with that drive intently a 500gb Hitachi desk star old slow loud but worked.
At this point i wondered why is it reading this and not my drive, its still in disk management so i started to fiddle it took 10 minutes of raiding un raiding formatting and reformatting in non raid to get it to work but the answerer seems it REQUIRES on installation a second drive to prove it can raid before it will work in non raid (STUPID) but it works finally.
the one redeeming thing in this was scan helped thanks Scan Returns/Support team.
29 August 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ScotsWorthy A very useful enclosure, but QC could be better
I purchased this enclosure from the Scan eBay site (£0.04 cheaper, but I got Nectar points too!!!)
This morning, I installed a couple of 1.5TB WD (WD15EARS) Green drives that I had sitting unused, and set the DIP switches to RAID 1. However, the physical process of getting the drives in was slightly tricky. It became clear very quickly that the SATA plugs on the rear circuit board of the enclosure were not lining up with the sockets on the drives. They were only a fraction of a mm out of alignment, but it was enough to stop mating. Solution was to remove the four screws holding the end panel, giving the tiny bit of movement needed to mate the drives with the plugs on the pcb, then refit and tighten the back cover.
That's why I'm only giving this a 'good' on the quality scale. Maybe mine was a 'one-off', but I'm posting this to alert other potential buyers. This is by no means a deal-breaker, but if someone found the same resistance and tried to force things, it would definitely be a drive or enclosure breaker!
Once connected, it was a case of using disk management to format and partition the drives. No issues there; Windows 7 Pro 64 sees it as one drive of just under 1.5TB - what you would expect when set up as RAID 1.
08 February 2014