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Rosewill USB 3.0 Drive Enclosure

March 20th, 2015 Comments off

 

I’m repeatedly asked how we manage our massive archive of images and video.  The answer is complicated, but lots and lots of hard drive space is at the core of our DAM system (Digital Asset Management). We’ve been utilizing Rosewill Drive enclosures with different interfaces for many years.  I’ve tried plenty of other enclosures and have had both interface card and power supply failures but the Rosewill enclosures have yet to fail me.

The models I use have nice big cooling fans that are quite and also have fan switches, which are nice if you record audio.  They are also inexpensive (approx. $45) and look pretty slick in the studio.  The current model I use is the RX304-APU3-35B and it has both E-SATA or USB 3.0.  I’ve become a real fan of USB 3.0 and have almost completely abandoned eSATA, Firewire 800 and NAS connections for the simplicity, speed and compatibility of USB 3.0.  I do still use the eSATA from time to time but I find USB 3.0 to be sufficient for most transfers.

What to look for in an external enclosure: #1 A good controller card is essential.  #2 A cool and quite running aluminum case.  #3 a reliable power source.

You can get some more info on all of the Rosewill USB 3.0 enclosures here.