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any way to save a 4-bay wiebetech esata enclosure?
Posted by: clay
Date: November 01, 2008 07:49AM
I've generally had great experience with wiebetech products, but I recently had an enclosure die on me after about 3 years of near-daily use.

It's one of these: [www.wiebetech.com] (the 4-bay variety).

Seems as though the SATA bridge board has gone haywire. At least one of the ports doesn't work at all, and all the other ones are erratic at best (causing KP's when hooked to a computer).

Short of finding an identical enclosure and swapping out the sata bridge board, is there anything I can do to make this thing usable again? If I can't find a sub-$100 solution, I think we'll probably just try and sell it. I should say that about a year ago I called WiebeTech, and they didn't offer any sort of solution to the situation. Doesn't make sense to put much money into this enclosure since there are somewhat comparable products out there for $300-$500.

Any ideas? Thanks.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/01/2008 07:50AM by clay.
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Re: any way to save a 4-bay wiebetech esata enclosure?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 01, 2008 09:12AM
I found these multiplier boards looking for multiple drive solutions for eSATA.
[www.addonics.com]
[www.cooldrives.com]

Addonics has internal to external adapter boards and individual plugs.
[www.addonics.com]

Monoprice has single external drive kits with a lot of features for about $25.
[www.monoprice.com]

Newegg has internal to external adapters also.



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Re: any way to save a 4-bay wiebetech esata enclosure?
Posted by: flareslow
Date: November 01, 2008 11:04AM
The user manual says there is no bridgeboard. Try swapping cables or ports on the host controller. Most likely source of trouble would be bad contacts on the drive tray or its receptacle.

If you find problems with the ports on the enclosure, you may be able to replace them with a cable you could remove from one of the PCI brackets found here:

[www.satacable.com]
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Re: any way to save a 4-bay wiebetech esata enclosure?
Posted by: clay
Date: November 01, 2008 12:00PM
thanks for the suggestions so far. It's been almost a year since I had this thing opened up, but at that time, I purchased a couple replacement SATA cables to try and use. There was a circuit board of some sort that the drive trays plug directly into, and I wasn't able to address the issue with just one of the bays. Now that I've verified all bays are on the fritz, I may try and open it up again and see if I can just remove the circuit board and still get power and data to each drive, either with replacement cables or something I already have.

If you have other suggestions, feel free to keep them coming. Thanks!
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