Eagletech ET-CSMDSU2-BK Dual Bay SATA to USB Enclosure

Posted by on Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 5:04pm

Eagletech ET-CSMDSU2-BK Dual Bay SATA to USB EnclosureToday, we get the chance to examine their latest hard drive in the Eagletech ET-CSMDSU2-BK. The new enclosure works pretty much the same as the JBOD enclosure in the earlier part of this introduction but sports a better and more functional design. But what we like most about it is that it is completely tool-less. No needs for tools or long assembly processes. Just insert your two drives of any size but needs to be SATA and connect it to any open USB 2.0 port. Done and finish. Time to take a closer look at the new JBOD enclosure from Eagletech.

Introduction to the Eagletech ET-CSMDSU2-BK Dual Bay SATA to USB Enclosure

If you looking to save money on your computer speakers, hard drive enclosures and other peripherals for your PC then look no farther than Eagletech. Eagletech's goal is to provide consumer with the best bang for the buck components while providing very good quality. We have seen this in quite a few devices here on Pro-Clockers in the recent months. We had the chance to review another enclosure in the Eagletech JBOD External Storage Enclosure and some really nice speakers I am still using on my daily rig, Eagletech Arion 2.1 Soundstage Speakers with Subwoofer.

Today, we get the chance to examine their latest hard drive in the Eagletech ET-CSMDSU2-BK. The new enclosure works pretty much the same as the JBOD enclosure in the earlier part of this introduction but sports a better and more functional design. But what we like most about it is that it is completely tool-less. No needs for tools or long assembly processes. Just insert your two drives of any size but needs to be SATA and connect it to any open USB 2.0 port. Done and finish. Time to take a closer look at the new JBOD enclosure from Eagletech.

Eagletech has this to say about the ET-CSMDSU2-BK Dual Bay SATA to USB Enclosure

Traditional dual bay enclosures provide limited functionality such as JBOD, 2 TB barriers and without dual drive access. This unique enclosure provides simultaneous access to two different hard drives. Experienced DIY users can setup Windows dynamic disks that support simple volumes, striped (RAID 0) and mirrored (RAID 1) volumes, up to a total capacity of 4 TB. When not using software based RAID, its dual channel controller provides independent access to two drives.


 

Specifications

• Type: External drive enclosure
• Form Factor: 3.5"
• Hard Drive Compatibility: 2 x 1TB (JBOD) or 2 x 2TB (Dual)
• Internal Interface: SATA I/II
• External Interface: Hi-speed USB 2.0
• Data Transfer Rate: 480Mbps
• Power Source: Universal Switching Power Adapter (5V/12V 2.0A)
• Power Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
• Certification: FCC, CE Certified and RoHS compliant
• O.S. Required: Win98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista Mac OS 9.0 or higher Linux• Dimension: 7.5 x 4.9 x 2.5 inch
• Weight: 2.9 lbs

Features

• Simultaneous – or – Independent drive access
• Rear-mounted switch: Dual or JBOD mode
• Supports Windows dynamic disk with striped/mirrored volumes*
• Up to 2 x 2TB (total 4TB) using Dual mode and striped volumes*
• Up to 2 x 1TB (total 2TB) using JBOD mode
• Quick release buttons
• 6cm fan
• Usage: Experienced DIY users looking for software RAID enclosure** Requires third party RAID software or OS-based RAID (Windows XP and higher only)


 

Closer look

Operately there is little differences between the last model we reviewed and this one. The ET-CSMDSU2-BK can hold two drives at one up to 2TB maybe bigger once larger drives are released. Once the drives are installed you have two options in which to run the drives. The first is dual as the PC will see each of the drives under different drive letters. The second option is to select JBOD mode. Which allows the PC to see both drives as one. This mode is not like Raid. Note the insert below from Wiki:

"Note that neither concept provides for data redundancy. The usage is contentious; in careful usage, JBOD refers to the first (independent disks), as there is no other term to refer to this, while concatenation is referred to by unambiguous terms such as SPAN or BIG."

The front of the unit consist of a mirror-like panel that when opened reveals the inside of the enclosure where the hard drives would slide into. The doors are released via two small buttons at the top of the enclosure. The doors will attract some finger prints due to it glassy-like make up. But there is very little reason to be touching the little doors except in the process of sliding the HDD into place.

The new enclosure is a total revamp of the older model we reviewed the unit is made from aluminum and is heavily vented on most of three sides with mesh opens like you will see in a lot of computer cases. It is great as it provides better cooling through ventilation. And we hope that it results in a quieter fan than the last model.

Here is a shot at the top of the enclosure. One third solid and two thirds ventilated consist of the two front door releases and at the rear are LED for enclosure and hard drive operations.

The last image is of the rear which is comprised of a six pin power connector which you would see on some older security camera setups, a off/on toggle switch and a b-type female plug. To cool the unit a small 60mm cooling fan is provided protected by a plastic fan guard. For interaction with the enclosure are two buttons: one to select the mode of the enclosure and another to see a preset backup of a drive.


 

Installation

Installing is simple and that is what Eagletech wanted in the enclosure. It is just a matter of pressing the buttons on the top of the unit to release the doors on the front. Place a drive on the slide out tray and return the door back to its original position. Done.

Testing Hardware:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP55A-UD6
Processor: Intel Core i7 860 @ 3.8GHz at 1.38 volts
Ram: G-Skill ECO PC12800 4GB Dual Channel
Video Card: XFX HD 4770
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Dynatron Genius
OS: Windows XP SP3
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Testing Software:
HD Tune Pro 3.50

HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:

  • Benchmark: measures the performance
  • Info: shows detailed information
  • Health: checks the health status by using SMART
  • Error Scan: scans the surface for errors
  • Temperature display

Results

Performance wise the ET-CSMDSU2-BK showed some respectable numbers. Nothing that would blow you away but respectable. As we saw the enclosure fall right in line with other models we have tested.


 

Conclusion

First of all, I would like to say that we love the visual appearance of the ET-CSMDSU2-BK. The mesh covering is ideal as it perfectly matches many of the cases that are on the market. You know the ones with the mesh facial that is big this season. Only only does the mesh make the enclosure better looking but it is functional as well. As it allows for better air ventrilation. This also benefit you as it allows for the usage of a quicker fan. And during the testing we heard very little from the fan which is great. The last Eagletech model we tested was a little on the noisy side.

Performance of the enclosure is right on par with anything else that uses the USB 2.0 connection. Just like the flash drives for storage the enclosure offers the same speed but larger storage capacity. But now that USB 3.0 is at our doorstep we are looking for more from Eagletech.

The ET-CSMDSU2-BK can be had for a mere $50. Nothing to bad for an enclosure of this type.

At a higher price point I would have like to see Raid in the enclosure and not through the use of software. This way you would have better security as the reduncy of Raid would allow the mirroring of the two hard drives inside.

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