External Backup Device – Rosewill Case & Samsung EcoGreen Drive

I haven’t done a post like this in a long time, but, here goes a product review.  I recently decided to get an external drive to backup my MacBook Pro, iMac’s, Desktop PC’s, and servers in the office.  All of our stuff is backed up to a file server which is RAID 0+1.  However, I also wanted to get something else that is portable and could backup an entire hard drive.  Since disk drives are so cheap, I decided to get an external drive and drive enclosure.

Here’s what I went with:

  • Rosewill RX81-MP-SC-BLK 3.5″ SATA to USB & 1394 a/b & eSATA External Enclose
  • Samsung EcoGreen F2 HD154UI 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive

The Rosewill Case ($59.99) is nice looking, has a front vent to let the heat out, heavy and solid case design.  It has every kind of connection interface that you can imagine needing.  eSATA, Firewire, USB2.0 and it comes with all the cables! It does have a ton of screws that you need to remove when you mount the drive into the enclosure.  It took me about 15 minutes to get the drive hooked up including putting back all the screws.

The Samsung EcoGreen ($99.99) drive is really quiet and the size of the drive is huge at 1.5 terabytes.  I didn’t realize how long it took to format the drive… had to leave it formatting all night long.  Other than the slow formatting time, the drive itself is working great.

I’m pretty happy with this combination! I bought everything from NewEgg.

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