Our Review

We have been running with this budget-level hard drive enclosure for coming up on a year now and we could not be happier! The performance of this little guy has been superb!

There is one thing that we wish could be changed, which is that we have to manually turn the enclosure back on after the computer that the USB is connected to has been off for more than 30 seconds or a minute.

When the power comes back on, the computer is set to automatically boot itself back up, but the enclosure has to have a button on the front panel tapped in order for the enclosure to boot back up and mount the drives on the computer.

A possible solution that we can potentially implement is using our home automation server, Home Assistant, recognize when the computer is powered back online and then trigger a physical "button presser" device. If we end up implementing this, we will update this article to link to the post with additional details on how this automation and process is setup.

We love this unit so much that we're considering possibly a 2nd one, especially if the automation mentioned above can be implemented, as it could provide an additional layer of backup drives. This additional layer of backup drives will only need to be powered on and utilized during its process and then powered off, reducing the amount of wear and tear of the spinning internal components.

If you're looking for a multi-drive enclosure and you're on a budget - pick one of these up. Well worth the investment, even with its aforementioned caveat.