External 4-way USB 3 hard drive dock from Fantec for 3,5 inch hard drives

If you want to set up a RAID, NAS or a "JBOD" (explanation below!) On your Apple Mac or Windows PC, you not only need several hard drives, but also a hard drive housing. I would like to introduce you to a fast hard drive dock for up to four 3,5 inch HDD platters with eSATA connection and USB 3.0 connectivity. It is from Fantec and comes with an individual LED display and an 80 x 80 mm fan in addition to the slots. At just under 100 euros, the Fantec box is not too expensive either.

Fantec hard drive housing for up to 4 x HDD hard drives

The Fantec hard drive housing for up to 4 x HDD hard drives. You can order the device in elegant black and with its own fan empty or with four 3,5 inch plates.

USB 3.0 enclosure for 1 to 4 hard drives

Fantec's ventilated housing is compact and made of aluminum. Up to four 3,5 inch plates can be stowed in it and individually selected. Of 119 reviews on Amazon, 58 are 5-star and 30 are 4-star. In addition to the empty case from Fantec, you can also choose sets with cases and hard drives of 1TB, 2TB, 3TB or 4TB each on the Amazon product page.

Hard disk enclosure for 3,5 '' SATA I, II and III
Hard drive housing for up to four 3,5 '' hard drives (SATA I, II, III). USB 3.0 for up to 5 GBit / s; eSATA connection for 3 GBit / s. Housing in black, LED display in blue; easy construction; Fan cooling with 8 x 8 cm fan.

Fantec QB-35US3-6G: Technical data summarized

Whether an HDD hard drive or up to four of them, this case from Fantec seems to be worthwhile. For the sake of clarity, I have summarized the technical data for you:

  • Model: Fantec QB-35US3-6G
  • Dimensions: 21,5 x 12,6 x 16,6 cm
  • Weight: 1,8 kg
  • Colour: Black
  • Format of the hard disk (s): 3,5 inch HDD SATA I, II or III
  • Connection to Mac, PC or router: USB 3.0
  • Scope of delivery: QB-35US3-6G housing, USB 3.0 cable, eSATA cable, external power supply, manual, 4 hard disk handles, screwdriver

Build RAID, NAS or JBOD with the USB housing

If an external hard drive is not enough for you and you want to hang up to four of them on your PC, Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook, then you only need a USB port thanks to the Fantec box. So you create a RAID quickly and easily (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). You can also plug the case into a WiFi router via USB to connect a NAS (Network Attached Storage), which you can access wirelessly with multiple devices.

Current WLAN routers for DSL and cable would be z. B. this:

My preferred function for the hard drive dock would be a "JBOD", which is the abbreviation for "just a bunch of discs" and means something like: "Just a bunch of hard drives ...". So no redundancy, but the full capacity and every single hard drive appears independently in the Finder - even though all four are only connected with a USB cable.

The individual options are ideal for backing up, storing media files such as photos, videos and films at home, as well as for the office and other areas of application. As an accessory for the workplace and with the appropriate accessories such as a WLAN router including a USB connection, the Fantec hard drive housing is also something for those who work creatively who want to back up their photos, videos, drawings and project files.

More information about the device

The compact Fantec housing in black seems to be the ideal solution to use only one USB connection for four hard drives or to derive other advantages from it, according to the numerous very good and good reviews on Amazon. Some users complain about bugs or malfunctions that a reviewer explains in detail. He goes into the fact that the errors and malfunctions do not emanate directly from the hard drive housing. You can do the explanations read here.

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Your opinion and experiences

Do you operate a hard drive or several hard drives externally - and do you rely on HDD or SSD? Do you prefer 3,5 inch disks or storage with space-saving 2,5 inch? Have you perhaps already had experience with the Fantec hard drive enclosure? Feel free to leave your opinions and experiences as a comment!

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2 comments

  1. Alexander Tetzlaff says:

    Thank you for the interesting article. I wonder whether this product is still recommendable if the existing Fritz! Box 7412 VDSL only offers USB 2. Even my iMac (early 2009 with El Capitan) doesn't have a USB 3 ...
    I want to set up a NAS.
    gruß
    Alexander

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Alexander! So USB 2 is really painfully slow if you don't just want to copy text files over it. I think if you ONLY have USB 2 at the start, I would not set up a NAS with it, as that will probably drive you crazy. ;)
      An external NAS from Synology (from my point of view the best systems on the market), like this, would be more recommendable DS216PLAY. Of course, it depends on what you want to do with the NAS (watch films, stream music, backups, outsource photos, etc.), but this model is very flexible. If you plug in two hard drives directly (you have to buy them separately), you can use them to create a RAID, which protects against the hardware failure of a hard drive.

      If you want to help your iMac a little on the jumps, I can recommend an extra SSD at the Firewire output. I just did it a few days ago on an old 27-inch iMac that now boots in under 25 seconds. ;-) If you need help, just get in touch!
      VG! Jens

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