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Mediasonic Probox 8 Bay 3.5IN SATA External Hard Drive Enclosure USB3.0 eSATA

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Mediasonic Pro Box H82-SU3S2 Drive Enclosure External - Black - 8 x Total Bay - 8 x 3.5" Bay - eSATA, USB 3.0 - Cooling Fan
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Review Date: 01/26/12
Cons: "We've got a hot one here!"

Pros: Multiple drives in one enclosure
Comment:
I purchased this in late December after moving my HTPC setup to a Zotac ZBOX AD10 mini-PC. That mini-PC has eSATA without port-multiplication support but does have 2x USB 3.0 ports meaning this made sense.I have previously owned the 4-Bay Mediasonic cases (USB 2.0 and eSATA) as well as a pair of Sans Digital 4-Bay eSATA enclosures.The Sans Digital product ran the coolest of the enclosures seeing my older WD 2TB Green drives report temperatures of 36-37C under load. The Samsung F4 Eco Drives run 30-31C under load. The old 4-Bay USB Mediasonic enclosures run warmer as well (they would see temperatures of approximately 40-43C for the same WD drives). In this 8-bay USB 3.0/eSATA enclosure, I find the data transfers are slower than the Sans Digital or 4-Bay Mediasonic boxes topping off at around 70-75MB/sec write vs. 90-100MB/sec on eSATA.Despite the convenience of having eight drives in one enclosure (on a single USB 3.0 cable), this this is HOT! On the lowest fan setting, I'm seeing the WD drives running at 46-47C with the door closed. On the middle setting, I'm seeing temperatures around 42-43C. I've spoken to Mediasonic about this and they have said the enclosure will run warmer as they've included the power supply inside the enclosure. I'm debating switching my drives around and putting the warmer ones on top and seeing what difference (if any) this makes. I also found one of the fans isn't working to full capacity (out of the box) and Mediasonic is sending me a replacement.The build quality is nicer than the Sans Digital boxes and I've always thought the "look" of the Mediasonic boxes is nicer, however, the higher temperatures are not a good thing for hard drives. I will update  further once I get the new fan and move the drives around to see what difference it makes.

Product Features

Product Specifications

Model
BrandMediasonic
ModelH82-SU3S2
Spec
ColorBlack
Size3.5"
AC AdapterYes
Internal InterfaceSATA I/II/III
External InterfaceUSB3.0 & eSATA
FanYes
SpecificationsSupporting OS

- Windows 2000 / XP / VISTA / Windows 7 (with MBR enabled, supports total capacity up to 2TB)
- Windows Vista / 7 32/64 bit (with GPT enabled, supports total capacity more than 2TB
- Mac OS 10.3 or later

Power Adapter: 100V to 240V

Safety Specification: CE / FCC / Rohs
FeaturesSupport all brand of 3.5" SATA I / II / III hard disk drive up to 3TB per drive

Transfer rate up to 5.0Gbps via USB 3.0

Transfer rate up to 3.0Gbps via eSATA

Power Sync: Power off in synchronization with PC

Forced Convection Process

Smart Fan function:
- Thermal-Sensor built-in
- Auto & Manual mode
- 3 level of speed

One button interface selection: Switch USB 3.0 or eSATA interface by pressing one button
Physical Spec
Dimensions13.86" x 9.96" x 6.1"
Weight11.02 lbs
Packaging
Package ContentsH82-SU3S2 Enclosure
eSATA Cable
USB 3.0 Cable
Power cord (US Type)
User manual
Screw driver x 1
HDD Handle x 8
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