Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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SilverStone DS221 External 2.5-inch HDD Dual Bay RAID Enclosure Review

External storage is still very important to a lot of people.  Especially people who use external storage for transferring files between 2 different computers or people use it for a work machine and a home machine.  2.5-inch hard drives have been overlooked for a while now, but since solid state drives use that form factor SilverStone has released the DS221 which is a dual bay 2.5-inch external hard drive enclosure that supports RAID.  Let’s take a look…

Special thanks to SilverStone for providing us with the DS221 External 2.5-inch HDD Dual Bay RAID Enclosure to review.

Features
– 3Gbits SATA II data transfer speed
– Slim and light portable aluminum enclosure
– Support dual bay 2.5” SATA hard drives
– Support RAID 0/1/JBOD function
– Plug and Play with hot-swappable connection
– Maximum 3Gbits data transfer speed via eSATA interface
– Maximum compatibility with USB2.0 (480Mbits)

Specifications

Model No. SST-DS221B(Black)
Enclosure material Aluminum
Color Black
Power requirement 5V 2A power adapter
Operating system support Windows 2000/XP, Vista, 7
Mac OS 9.x (Apple USB support 1.3.5 and greater) and Mac OS 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4
Mac:G3 processor or greater
Computer with eSATA or USB 2.0/1.1 interface
PC
HDD size support 2.5” hard drive x 2 (compatible with 9.5mm models only)
HDD interface support SATA hard drive
Minimum System Requirements Windows 2000/XP, Vista, 7
Mac OS 9.x (Apple USB support 1.3.5 and greater) and Mac OS 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4
Mac:G3 processor or greater
Computer with eSATA or USB 2.0/1.1 interface
PC
Enclosure interface eSATA (Max. 3Gbits)
USB2.0 (Max. 480Mbits)
HDD capacity support 1TB Hard Disk and below
Net Weight 370g±10g
Dimension 168mm(L)x120mm(W)x28.3mm(H)

Packaging
The DS221 comes in a very nice retail package with a picture of the enclosure on the front and a list of specifications and features on the back.

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Opening the box up everything is nicely packed inside.  Getting everything out you will find the DS221 enclosure, USB cable, eSATA cable, stand, power cable and a manual.

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Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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