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I would like to know what your feedback is on the different types of hot swap enclosures. I need at least 8 for a server raid setup. and have seen the following:

1. Cremax (single Drive)

2. Supermicro CSE-M35T-1 (5 drive)

3. Athena (4 drive)


I have heard that the Supermicro run very hoy, with 5 drives nestled side by side, and that the Cremax may be VERY loud, with individual 40mm drives in back of each (I can not imagine 8 40mm drives!). I ordered a Cremax to see what it looks like, but appreciate any input.
 

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I have the Supermicro enclosure and I can say that my Seagate 250GB drives stay damn near cold. The only thing I do not like is there is no way to make the fault LEDs' work. I believe this is an issue with most if not all SATA enclosures.
 

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The fan is not terribly loud, but it's not really acceptable in a HTPC enclosure. The status lites include drive activity, fan activity as well as overtemp alarm. There is a buzzer that goes off at a programmable temp too. It's a nice unit.


Thanks,

Mike
 

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I have 2 of the Athena 3X2 units. (3 HD, 2-5.25 bays). They are reasonably quiet and have good air flow keeping the drives pretty cool. I looked at the 4 disk but was a little concerned the fan kind of left one drive out in the warn if you will.


All in all I am very happy with these.
 
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