Eagle Tech Consus D-Series 2xSATA External Raid Storage Review

Storage/Other by SidneyWong @ 2007-07-06

The newly released Consus D-Series 3.5inch hard drive enclosure provides room from 2 HDDS, it supports Windows XP/Vista and Mac OS 10.2 or above in Raid 0 or JBOD via USB and Firewire. When high capacity is what you are after together with safe off-site backup, this could be what you are looking for. Now, let´s find out what the D-series can deliver.

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Temperature/Exhaust & Conclusion


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The front air intake grill has 5 slots with which you could hardly slide in a piece of letter size paper tells you how restrictive if any air could get in.

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The exhaust is less restrictive in comparison, but not much better. Using an external probe, I measured 48°C HDD surface temp on the one that is "on top" at 24°C room temp.


Is two better than one when you have two extra small capacity SATA hard drives sitting around after an upgrade? At a retail price of ~$70 you could get two Eagle Consus T or M series for less; especially when software operated Raid 0 does not give any speed increase over JBOD spanning or Single Drive via USB or Firewire.

It would be a different story if Raid 1 was implemented instead of Raid 0, since there is no gain in using Raid 0 for the sake of more secure data protection.

Ability to use two HDDs in a single external housing
USB & Firewire connections

Software Raid 0: no speed increase, higher data loss risk.
Restricted air flow

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I like to thank Eagle Tech for the review sample, and Geeks Computer Parts for supplying us the Seagate HDDs in this review.

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