StarTech’s 35SAT225S3R (available for $60 on Amazon) looks just like a 3.5-inch hard drive, but is actually a two-bay RAID enclosure for 2.5-inch drives.

Those drives can be linked to form a single “Big Disk,” striped in RAID 0 for better performance, mirrored in RAID 1 for data redundancy, or treated like JBOD (just a bunch of disks), i.e.

Subterfuge and camouflage are two words I rarely get to use in storage reviews, but that’s what came to mind when considering the prospect of hiding valuable SSDs in a less desirable guise?

Sadly, configurations issues and disappointing numbers put an end to both those ideas.

It makes it easy to harness those extra 3.5-inch drive bays you’re probably not using anymore, and drastically improves the performance of your slowish 2.5-inch hard drives when combined in striped RAID 0.

And we like 2.5-inch hard drives, which, designed for laptop use, have caused us fewer self-imposed problems over the years.

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