Just bought 4 of these (1 DOA and needs replacing) to replace the netgear caddies that had fallen off my network a refuse to re-attach. If you are going to stack these as is suggested I would suggest getting some thicker stick on rubber feet to space them further apart as they do run hot, and this will allow more air around them. Otherwise no complaints!
Firstly, the kit was deleivered in not much over 24 hours, even on standard delivery! The kit is well built, very professional looking with clear instructions. I had the hard drive installed, up and running within ten minutes. Highly recommended. If you want flexibility, use the Akasa mounting kit AK-MX010 to use the caddy for a 2.5 inch drive.
If you have a largish capacity 3.5" SATA drive lying around, perhaps from an unused desktop, then you should seriously consider buying this piece of kit. It turns a redundant SATA internal drive into a bostin' external drive for your laptop. Very well made, easy to set up and with USB2 gives a respectable data transfer rate - I'm getting approx 13MB/sec using XP which is enough to capture DV video straight to disc. Also uses an ESATA interface if you have one available. Only drawback is that this is not a particularly portable item, it's quite chunky and uses an external power supply. Oh, and the tiny rubber feet are prone to coming off.
I'm a bit of an 'enclosure junkie' - as these are essential items in my line of work.
This is the best I've used yet... rock solid build quality (solid aluminium), silent and cool running.
Choices of connectivity...
SATA Drive > eSata or USB 2
IDE PATA Drive > USB 2
Speed when connected to an eSata connection is superb and works well under XP/Vista - will test with Ubuntu later and report back.
Only small issue is the skinny cable that lights up the front of the case - I found it best to disconnect until you've installed the drive and almost closed the case, before reconnecting... thus avoiding any snagging/nipping of the cable.
Looks smart, feels solid and weighty, performs really well - seems like a good buy (just as well - I took a chance and ordered two!).
This product is OK but the 2 screws that hold the front panel to the case can fail to secure the panel. I noticed that my screwdriver can continually rotate the screws so the threads are slipping in the threaded hole, probably stripped threads. I also think the screws are too short.
I also observed that the jumper settings on my PATA drive were ignored. There was a jumper to override the 32GB legacy limit of an old 80GB HD but with the HD in the enclosure I could only access 32GB. This was annoying but it was an old legacy drive.
Purchased this in October '08, and it appeared to be a decent piece of kit for the money.
Reasonably well finished, with a switchable option for either USB2.0 or eSATA, and included all the necessary fixings, cables and connectors.
All well until the power unit (model number CS-120/0502000-E) died. There are threads on the net concerning this power unit.
I am awaiting information concerning a replacement.
Given the great review this product has had I thought I'd give it a try.
I was disappointed when I opened the box, it looks to be made of cheap plastic. On closer inspection the actual enclosure is aluminium but is painted in a high gloss finish that makes it look like cheap plastic. Add the cheap chrome plated plastic ends, front and back panel and the whole enclosure looks tacky.
The data transfer LED is actually the entire blue Integral Logo slowly, very slowly, dims and then comes back to its normal brightness. Why?
The lack of USB 3.0 and Sata 6 at this price range is difficult to excuse but the worst part is getting Windows 7 to even show it under My Computer. I only overcame this by downloading a driver from my HDD makers website.
The enclosure is poor but the package makes up for that to some extent. It has an internal power and data interface that connects to older IDE drives and every cable you need is included.
In summary, its cheap tat to enclose high tech.
The first time I noticed something was amiss was when the "verify" feature of Acronis TrueImage pronounced my backup corrupted. It seemed hard to believe at first, but after trying several known good hard drives, several USB cables, several computers with different operating systems, the conclusion was inescapable:
it's the AKASA box. Copy a big enough file to it (5 or 10 GB) and 4 times out of 5, your favourite compare program will report mismatches between the source file and the copy on the AKASA box.
I believe my problem isn't an isolated case since a few other people describe identical symptoms in various forums.
I used the product with IDE drives and with the USB connection. It may well be that the unit behaves impeccably in a different context.
Works fine except for the loose fitting power connector. Any movement on the cable disrupts the power to the drive causing read/write to fail. Once held securely in place with Blu-Tac works pretty well and it looks quite professional (except for the Blu-Tac of course).
My advice is: don't buy an Akasa enclosure. They look good, even feel quality, but everything is so squashed up inside that after a while it fails. Mine started out by working intermittently, then failed, so I took the drive out and put it back again, and all works great with the cover not screwed back into place, but when you put it together again, it doesn't work. Obviously a bad connection somewhere, and not the HDDs as it is the same problem with three of my drives.
Don't buy Akasa!