[olug] USB enclosure recommendations

Dan Linder dan at linder.org
Wed Sep 14 05:17:15 UTC 2011

Is eSATA an option?  It's my understanding that eSATA is 90% the speed of
USB3, but is more mature...?  (Correct me if I'm wrong.)

If not, I've had good luck with TRENDnet devices.
  http://blog.techtalkradio.com/?p=1472 - but the TRENDnet link for the
device says it maxes out at 2TB.

If you've got the cash, a Drobo-S may be an option:


On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 15:17, Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:

> I recently bought a Hitachi 3TB internal drive and a Rosewill RX-358-U3B
> USB3 enclosure in which to put it.  Despite being advertised as supporting
> linux kernels 2.4 and above, the enclosure wasn't recognizable by any of
> three machines (all different kernels) that I tried.  I tried both the
> new 3TB drive and an older 2TB drive which has been in service in a
> different enclosure for a while now.  The new pair worked fine in Win7.
> Rosewill's support was clueless, so the enclosure is getting returned.
> (For the record, I've used Rosewill enclosures in the past -- for smaller
> drives -- and have been quite happy with them).
> Can any of you recommend a USB 3.0 enclosure that will handle a 3TB
> drive and can verifiably play nice with Linux?
> I really don't want a prepackaged external drive, as I go through
> drives pretty fast and would like this enclosure to last several
> generations of drives.
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