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CiT Dual / 3.5 inch / SATA / USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure

Released on 09 August 2010

Manufacturer: CIT

3.0 out of 5 (16 customer reviews) | Write a review

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This USB 2.0 External Enclosure can double your storage capacity. It supports two 3.5" SATA Hard Drives with data transfer rates of up to 3.0 Gbps. It features an aluminium casing and built-in 1.5" cooling fan to keep the drives cool.
  • USB 2.0 interface (compatible with USB 1.1)
  • Up to 480 Mbps data transfer rate
  • Supports two SATA hard drives
  • Supports SATA I and SATA II interface with data transfer rate of 1.5 - 3.0 Gbps
  • Hot Plug and Play
  • Heat dissipation through aluminium casing
  • Built-in 1.5" cooling fan
  • Contents:
  • 3.5" USB 2.0 Aluminium External Dual SATA Hard Drive Enclosure
  • AC Adapter
  • Manual
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Screw Pack

customer Reviews

 Average rating (16 reviews)

 A High Qaulity Enclosure

| | See all Fireblade2006's reviews (1)

Wasnt sure what to expect, however, was more than pleasantly surprised with this CIT Dual Drive enclosure. It is made of aluminium and is designed very well. You can turn the cover over so as not to show any writing. Very well made with nice nurled screws for quick and easy access. It is quiet in operation. Can recommend.

 Perfect for me

| | See all Madmanmay's reviews (1)

This black box is great!

For people who think its flimsy, its not. It has slight movement when you take it apart why wouldn't it? When the lid is on its rigid.

For people who say the sides can bend, don't bend them! Then they will not bend.

For people who think the cables are too short; possibly, but this is to save space. They are designed so they plug into a particular drive e.g left cable for top drive right cable for bottom drive. If you try and install them the wrong way round the will not reach. This is trial and error but not a big deal.

For people who say the fan is noisy; its about as noisy as a spinning hard drive. To avoid this problem use hard drives that are green drives. They run cooler and do not require a fan, so you can unplug the fan.

My black box set up contains 2, 2tb wd caviar green drives. These drives are energy efficient and run cool so I was able to unplug the fan as these drives do not need fan cooling. One drive stores content the other backs up the other drive and my computers internal drive. I use with my mac so raid set up not needed. Time machine is used to make back up copy of one of the drives and my computer drive. I almost bought a wd 4tb world book, which uses the same drives as I stated I use. But this setup has cost about half as much. Hope this helps people.

 Didn't last long

| | See all Stevet38's reviews (1)

On arrival I though it was an empty box. It is very light and a bit flimsy but once the drives are fitted it feels very solid. The SATA cables are next to useless as they are too short so I had to replace them. Fired the drives up and everything worked fine first time......for about 10 mins then in the middle of copying data the drives disappeared and the OS gave an error stating the drives need formatting. I know this not to be the case and checked disk management. This showed the drives as appearing and disappearing. I replaced the drives with another 2 and on another PC and I still got the same problem, so I have sent it back for an exchange. Once I get the replacement and its working OK then I am sure the product will get a 5 star rating but until then it doesn't. I would imaging the product to be quite good once working and its handy due to its dual drive capability. However it does not support mirroring and is JBOD only but thats why its cheap. For the money its great value, just a pity mine didn't work.

 Well worth the money

| | See all andrewglasgow's reviews (1)

Once screwed together was rock solid, held a 2 TB and 1 TB hard drive and backed up pc and laptop successfully without any increase in temp . Well worth the money =-)

 Good But Not Brilliant

| | See all ellhead's reviews (2)

The case has a thick aluminium construction about 3mm with plenty of ventilation however the side panels can bend quite easily.

The design is not great, the hard drives give the case its rigidity which is as much use as a chocolate oven as far as protection is concerned. The case is designed as an enclosure and offers little to no protection against shock. there are no rubber feet, the enclosure sits on sharp steel thumb screws so not recommended for surfaces easily scratched.

Instaling hard drives is an absolute nightmare. the cables are puzzling.

the fan sounds like a hair dryer is being used in the next room
if id have paid 30 quid for this i would have been very disappointed but i cant really moan for 16 quid and it holds two hdd's.
if the price ever goes back up avoid lol.

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