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4 Bay Icy Dock External Enclosure for 3.5" 3 TB Drives

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July 13, 2011 8:26:14 PM

Hi, I would like to buy the 4 Bay Icy Dock external enclosure but first I have a bunch of questions about it. I would like to buy a 4-5 bay external enclosure that supports 3 TB Drives.

It's for 3.5" Sata Drives. I need 12 tb of storage space with the ability to add more storage space. I would buy two 4 bay Icy Dock external enclosures. Is the Icy Dock enclosure easy to setup? Do I just format the drives?

Does my computer need to support 3 TB? Do I need to buy anything for my 2 year old windows 7 computer or my 2 year old Mac Pro to get the enclosure to work?

Does the Icy Dock support mixing and matching of drives? I would like it to work with both my Mac and PC. I don't need a Raid setup.

The enclosure needs to have USB 2.0 or Firewire. Any other good 4-5 bay enclosures that you would recommend that supports 3 TB Drives?

Any info is greatly appreciated
July 14, 2011 1:04:00 AM

I appreciate the help.

The price for that NAS is much higher then I would like to spend.

What do you think of the Icy Dock 4 Bay enclosure?
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a b G Storage
July 14, 2011 7:57:49 AM

I have no personal experience but they certainly seem like a good bargain. I'd love to know if anyone has some longer term experience with them.
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July 14, 2011 5:33:58 PM

Hi, please help, I want to make sure that I'm buying a good product. What do you guys think of the Quad Bay Icy Dock External Enclosure? Do I need to install the eSATA Port Multiplier in my PC if I want to use the eSATA connection? Does my PC have to support 3 TB drives for the enclosure to work? Is the Icy dock easy to set up? is it just plug and play or is there something else that I have to do to get it working? Anyone?
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July 14, 2011 9:31:31 PM

anyone?
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July 15, 2011 6:40:09 PM

Does this Enclosure support 3 TB Drives?
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a b G Storage
July 16, 2011 12:18:53 AM

SLR2009 said:
... Does the Icy Dock support mixing and matching of drives? I would like it to work with both my Mac and PC. I don't need a Raid setup.

The enclosure needs to have USB 2.0 or Firewire. Any other good 4-5 bay enclosures that you would recommend that supports 3 TB Drives?

Any info is greatly appreciated


I can be wrong, as far as I know there is NO manufacture that offers more than TWO drive JBOD mode in FireWire400/800

DATOptic has such box UF8-R5J

When you order, take the eSATA option so you would have five interfaces that support RAID and non RAID function FireWire400/800/eSATA/USB3.0/USB2.0

The website states it supports 3TB HDD
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July 16, 2011 3:29:09 AM

Thanks. Do I have to install the eSATA Port Multiplier that comes with it?
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a b G Storage
July 18, 2011 8:03:45 PM

Well, if you are using eSATA/SATA connection and want to see more than one drive/raid set than
the eSATA/SATA host needs to be PM supported

This requirement DOES NOT applied to FireWire400/800 and USB host
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July 20, 2011 7:14:11 AM

Does my computer support the eSATA Port Multiplier Card? I have a 2 year old 2.66ghz Quad Core Velocity Micro PC running Windows 7 64 bit. Thanks
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July 20, 2011 5:08:24 PM

SLR2009 said:
Does my computer support the eSATA Port Multiplier Card? I have a 2 year old 2.66ghz Quad Core Velocity Micro PC running Windows 7 64 bit. Thanks


I'm not sure cuz I do not have the exact model
Worst case, you need to buy a SiI3132 card with eSATA (eSATA_PCIe21) around 20's then you are done

For FireWire400/800 and USB2.0 there is nothing else required, just plug in you will see 15TB total with five 3.0TB drives.
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July 21, 2011 4:21:55 AM

I'm confused. My PC has an eSATA Port, can I just just use the eSATA Port on my PC to connect the 4 bay icy dock external enclosure?
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a b G Storage
July 21, 2011 6:39:57 PM

Yes you can, but most likely it sees ONE drive

It needs PM ware supported to see more than one drive

There are TWO type of eSATA host:
Simple eSATA - one to one - mainly from AMD, Nvida, Intel...
PM supported eSATA - able to see more than one drive via PM technology - mainly support by Silicon Image, Marvell chipset

There are some manufactures claim SPAN and BIG (combine all drives as a BIG drive) is JBOD

That is a total stupid and mislead

I though you're interested in FireWire host connection for MAC and PC
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July 21, 2011 8:01:15 PM

Thanks. what do you think of the Sans Digital Towerraid 8 bay enclosures instead of the icy dock? here and here
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a b G Storage
July 21, 2011 9:55:47 PM

That is a good tower, but there is no FireWire
USB2.0 supporting in MAC is not that great. If the speed of USB2.0 does not bother you then it's a good choice
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July 22, 2011 4:11:14 AM

Thanks. So if I bought the JBOD Enclosure then it would be looked at as one massive drive? so if one drive fails then I would lose all my data? Are there enclosures that would look at each drive individually and not one massive drive?
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July 24, 2011 1:09:51 AM

Anyone?
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a b G Storage
July 26, 2011 5:19:34 PM

JBOD is JUST a BUNCH Of DRIVE, when connect you will see multiple drives.

But there are many manufactures, who very deceiving calls a SPAN / BIG (combine drives as ONE volume) as a JBOD.

I wont deal with those companies, to me they have no knowledge on raid, cuz they can not even differentiate a mode of a raid. lol

With span/big, then you can lost the data, and may need to do a recovery, but this process relative easy.

Where JBOD the remain drives data still intact.

Hope this answer your question
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July 26, 2011 6:01:52 PM

Thanks. Just to make sure, are you referring to the 4 bay icy dock enclosure or the 8 bay Towerraid JBOD Enclosure?
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a b G Storage
July 26, 2011 6:09:31 PM

Heheh I'm refer the JBOD mode, I have no clue these TWO enclosure really use the term of JBOD as JBOD

If they are refer the term JBOD as BIG/SPAN... Then I wont touch them with 10 ft pole :D 
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July 26, 2011 6:32:18 PM

ok Thanks :) 
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July 26, 2011 6:32:35 PM

Best answer selected by SLR2009.
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