A Closer Look
The DS322 has a very simple yet stylish design and that is to be expected from a company like SilverStone because their PC cases are amazing looking. Now the main body of the enclosure is made of aluminum but the front and back panels are made of plastic. This isn’t a bad thing because the plastic panels are very well made and feel solid on and off the enclosure. The only logos are the SilverStone logo located on both sides of the enclosure in white so it shows up well against the black aluminum.
Looking at the front of the enclosure, you will see the plastic face panel is slotted to allow airflow to the rear 40mm fan. In the middle you will see a series of LED indicators. From top to bottom they are: Power, HDD 1, HDD 2, NR (No RAID), RAID 0 (Striping) and RAID 1 (Mirroring).
When you open the front you will see the PBC in the center that holds the LEDs for the front panel and the RAID dip switches at the bottom. These dip switches is what SilverStone is calling the “User Configurable RAID” and I’m calling it awesomesauce. All you have to do is power the unit off, switch the dip switches to what RAID level you want and power it back on. That’s it! Your PC will see it as a new drive and wants you to format it. If you can’t remember the dip switch combo for a certain RAID level; just look on the inside of the front panel (not pictured) there is a sticker that tells you the 3 different dip switch configurations that you can use.
On the underside of the enclosure you will see the Serial Number for your device, four VERY thin rubber feet and a lock. The lock is used to take off and put on the front face plate.
The back panel is just as simple as the rest of the enclosure. Towards the top you see the 40mm exhaust fan and reset button and at the bottom there is the USB 3.0 B port, power port and On/Off switch. The reset button is supposed to “Confirm the RAID mode” but I never saw a use for it or saw that it did anything once I found a pin, yes an actual pin, to press it. I read in other reviews (Amazon and Newegg) that they complained that the fan was super loud. I did not find that to be the case. I found that the noise came from the HDDs spinning and if you pick the enclosure up while its on, it is silent. After saying that, if I was using this every day I would probably put it under my desk with my PC case.
Jul 31, 2014 0