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Icy Dock ToughArmor MB991U3-1SB Enclosure
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Icy Dock Announces ToughArmor MB991U3-1SB Enclosure

The ToughArmor series have proven themselves to be an excellent 2.5" mobile rack solution, and now we are proud to present the external version of the ToughArmor family, the MB991U3-1SB. The ToughArmor MB991U3-1SB is a full metal 2.5" SATA III to USB 3.0 external HDD/SSD enclosure that is built with enterprise-grade quality and has the ability to hot-swap drives.

Vantec NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure
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Vantec NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure Review

Data redundancy is a thing that not many people think about. I myself lost about a year of photos because I had them stored on a drive that died and did not have a backup. One of the easiest ways to have data redundancy is to setup a RAID 1 array. Vantec wants to makes this easy with their new NexStar MX Dual 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-225MX-S3). This small enclosure supports two 2.5-inch hard drives that you can put in Individual/JBOD/RAID0/RAID1 modes. So if you are not going for data redundancy, but rather speed you can set them up in a RAID 0 array. Since this enclosure supports 2.5-inch drives that means you can use solid state drives! The enclosure uses USB 3.0 so your transfer speeds will be very fast too! Let’s take a look and see what it can do!

Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure
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Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch Hard Drive Enclosure Review

USB 3.1 is slowly becoming a new standard. We first saw it on Apple’s new Macbook, but now we have it on all new Z170 motherboards. Recently we reviewed our first PC case that has a USB 3.1 port on the front panel as well. USB 3.1 is here to stay and with it we are going to see a lot of new USB 3.1 devices. One type of USB 3.1 device you will see a lot will be the hard drive enclosure. Vantec’s NexStar line of hard drive enclosures have been around as long as we can remember and they are updating it with USB 3.1. Today we will be checking out the Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-270A31-BK). Let’s see what it can do!

ICY DOCK ICYCube MB561U3S-4S
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ICY DOCK ICYCube MB561U3S-4S 4 Bay External HDD Enclosure Review

Storage, it always seems like we need more of it, especially with file sizes increasing for media and more importantly games. While some of you may have cases that give you ample space to load them up with hard drives there are others who have small form factor system or even work from a laptop where storage space is limited. There is where external hard drive enclosures come into place. Today we are taking a look at a pretty awesome 4-bay external hard drive enclosure that supports 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA hard drives and has both USB 3.0 and eSATA connections. The enclosure I am talking about is ICY DOCK’s ICYCube MB561U3S-4S. Let’s load it up with drives and see what we can do with it.

Vantec NexStar HX2R
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Vantec NexStar HX2R Hard Drive Enclosure Review

Who says you can never have enough storage. Well you really can not have too much. I myself have a few different computers around my house for different tasks, and I like to back them up and also share files over the network. External hard drives and enclosures are a great tool for keeping around your house or even on the go. There are so many different enclosures and NAS boxes on the market. Some do RAID, other’s do JBOD, some can hold only 1 drive and some can go up to 4 drives. Some of the cool things with the technology of the past few years is that we now have eSATA and USB 3.0. USB 3.0 offers up to 5 Gbps while eSATA offers less speed at around 3 Gbps. So today we will be reviewing the Vantec NexStar HX2R dual SATA Hard Drive Enclosure, so stick around and see if it would make a nice addition to your desk or office.

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SilverStone DS322 Dual Bay USB 3.0 Enclosure Review

Sometimes it can be hard to find an easy, affordable and reliable solution for external PC backups in one product. I have used several HDD enclosures and NAS products from several different makers and never really fell in love with any of them. Most of them have extremely complicated menus that you have to sift through to try and figure out how to change the RAID setup of the device. Then you have to wait several hours just for it to format a few hundred Gigs of space. In the past, when deciding on a RAID capable enclosure you really need to prioritize what is important to you and ask yourself a few questions. How much does it cost? How reliable it is? How easy is it to use? Keep all of those questions in mind as you read this review and I think you will be pleasantly surprised with this enclosure.

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Patriot Gauntlet Node Wireless Enclosure Review

We have so many devices that we access data from these days.  It is not just our computer anymore.  Many people are using their smartphone or tablet as their only device for computing.  While these devices can do what many people want them do they are limited at how much storage space they actually have.  Wireless storage is nothing new, network attached storage devices have been out for quite a long time, but they also lack one thing...portability.  This is where Patriot’s Gauntlet Node Wireless Enclosure comes in.  This enclosure supports 2.5-inch hard drives, is small enough to take with you, has its own power source and allows you to stream content to up to 8 different devices wirelessly.  Read on and to see if this is the device you need at add to your mobile arsenal.

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ICY DOCK MB662USEB-2S-1 Dual Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Review

We are back with another hard drive enclosure from ICY DOCK!  This enclosure is a dual bay enclosure so you will not only be able to install 2 hard drives, but also have those hard drives in a RAID configuration.  The external enclosure supports 3 different connections, USB 2.0, eSATA and Firewire so no matter what system you are using this enclosure will be compatible.  Installation in this enclosure takes less than a minute thanks to to tool-less design.  The enclosure I am talking about is the MB662USEB-2S-1 from ICY DOCK.  Read on as we take a look!

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ICY DOCK MB559U3S-1S Ultra Slim USB 3.0 & eSATA External HDD Enclosure Review

When it comes to external hard drive enclosures ICY DOCK is a name you should know.  They have been making enclosures for quite some time now.  Their enclosures are always quality-made and have sleek designs so you are not ashamed to have them sitting on your desk.  The enclosure we are taking a look at today is no different.  The MB559U3S-1S is a single-bay enclosure that not only is ultra thin, but also features two of the fastest connections available, USB 3.0 and eSATA.  Read on as we take a look!

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Akitio Taurus Mini Super-S LCM RAID Enclosure Review

Redundant storage is something many people need and definitely appreciate, especially if you’ve had a hard drive die on you.  That is never fun and neither is losing all of your data that was on your hard drive.  Akitio has a cool little enclosure that will give you redundant storage with RAID support, nice protection with its aluminum design and quite a few different connection options.  Did I mention it has a cool LCD display on the front that will give you information about your drives?  Read on as we check it out!

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