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Eagle Tech Consus ET-CSMDSU2-BK

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Posted November 16, 2009 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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Specifications & Package

Getting down to what the Eagle Tech MD-Series offers:

"Speed matters! No other enclosure offers the performance and convenience of this tool less enclosure. Truly hot swappable: just snap in your hard drive and it is ready for use. Works like a HDD reader without the bare drive risks. Solid aluminum construction improves heat dissipation to prolong the lifespan of your hard drives."

  • solid aluminumIndependent access to two different drives (Dual mode)
  • Combines two different drives (JBOD mode)
  • Single housing design minimizes clutter
  • Completely tool less and hot swappable
  • Exchange drives with a push of a button
  • OTB with backup software
  • Plug-n-Play via USB 2.0
  • Usage: Quick drive copies (A to B) or from PC to both drives.

Here are the specifications:

  • Type: External drive enclosure
  • Form Factor: 3.5”
  • Model: ET-CSMDSU2-BK
  • Hard Drive Compatibility: 2 x 1.0TB(JBOD) 2x 2.0TB(DUAL)
  • Internal Interface: SATA I/II
  • External Interface: Hi-speed USB 2.0
  • Data Transfer Rate: 480Mbps
  • Power Source: Universal Switching Power Adapter (5V/12V 2.0A)
  • Power Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
  • Certification: FCC, CE Certified and RoHS compliant
  • O.S. Required: Win98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista Mac OS 9.0 or higher Linux
  • Dimension: 7.5 x 4.9 x 2.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs

The EagleTech ET-CSMDSU2-BK is an interesting drive, to say the least. A tool-less external hard drive enclosure, with the ability to quickly and easily swap out hard drives in little time may sound almost too good to be true. Amazingly enough, it isn’t. Featuring support for two SATA hard drives, USB connectivity for maximum compatibility and a fan to keep the drives cool, there isn’t much to not love about this enclosure, except maybe the lack of support for SSDs.

Arriving in a box clearly designed for store shelves, the ET-CSMDSU2-BK  makes it clear, from the start, that it is designed to appeal to business and to the crowd with a lot of data that needs backing up. The features and specs of the enclosure are featured on the box, along with a few pictures of drives being installed into the unit.

The enclosure has two drive modes; JBOD and dual mode, which are set by a switch on the back of the unit. With dual mode, the user keeps independent access to both drives; it’s as though you’re using two different external enclosures. The JBOD, or, Just a Bunch of Disks mode, combines the drives to appear as one virtual drive, two 250GB drives will appear as 500GB, and two 500GB drives will appear as 1TB, and so on. Both functions are quite useful, but which you use will depend on your needs.

The ET-CSMDSU2-BK transfers data on a USB 2.0 connection. While USB 2.0 is slower than eSATA, it can trump it in one major area; it does not require the system to be restarted for the drive to be detected and usable by the OS, a major convenience.

Here we see the packaging and contents of the Consus MD:

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