Overall I am pleased with the SilverStone DS322 enclosure’s performance. The only real downer was the disfunction of the No RAID configuration. The thin rubber feet make the HDDs super loud because the feet don’t really dampen the sound of 7200 RPM drives. I’ll probably grab some ½” thick one sided foam and make four large feet for it and that should eliminate most of the sound from the drives.
Now I think the positives outweigh the negatives and here’s why. You can pick up this enclosure for $72.50 from Amazon (at the time of this review) and use the $15 MIR to bring the final price down to $57.50. That is a great price considering I paid triple that 3 years ago for a dual bay RAID enclosure that was horrible to work with. The design of this is great; it’s solid when it comes to build quality and elegant looking which means you can have it on your desktop. The “User Configurable RAID” dip switches makes selecting and switching RAID configurations a breeze for anyone. I’m calling this enclosure reliable but that may be a bit premature. I only used it for about 3 weeks in RAID 1 but I never encountered any issues when add or removing data in that time. And finally, this is probably the simplest RAID capable enclosure I have ever seen.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the SilverStone DS322 an 8 out of 10 score.
- Sleek design
- Easy to configure
- Simple to use
- Small rubber feet
- No RAID configuration does not work properly