Monday, August 11, 2008

Rosewill RX-358-S BLK (Black) 3.5" SATA to USB and eSATA enclosure

- On sale right now at newegg for $34 shipped:
- Use any sata 3.5" internal hard drive, has usb 2.0 and esata connections, comes with all the cables including an esata back plate.
- Nice ventilation and grills. 80mm fan is pretty quiet though audible. There is a separate power switch just for the fan if you want to turn that off.
- Fit and finish was good. It could use some rubber feet or a stand. Assembly was pretty easy.
- Bright Blue LED for power on the left and another on the right for drive activity.
- I've read it spins down if not in use but I think that works only on esata. On USB (how I have it hooked it) it doesn't seem to ever go to sleep. I've also read that it should not interfere with suspend/hibernation modes on the PC though I haven't tested this since it's on my 24/7 server.
- There are two reports that it works with the SA 8300 DVR though I personally did not try it. I'm using it for backups.

Highly recommended. Good price considering the features and the fan.

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