Swappable External Enclosure for Rotating Backup?

I am looking for some recommendations for a swappable external drive enclosure to be used for rotating backups.

We had been using  a SansDigital single-drive enclosure, but then they went out of stock.

We then switched to an IcyDock IcyBento single-drive enclosure, but those have also gone out of stock.

I have a Highly Rely Slimline 100 enclosure, but it is expensive and I have had some issues with it.

I have tried a couple of the StarTech enclosures, but they are pretty minimal with workmanship.
OllarConsultingAsked:
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robocatCommented:
If I read your question correctly, you're looking for a removable HDD?

The reason why you're getting no replies to your question is that nobody uses these any more and all major manufacturers stopped making them.

In the past, when electronics were expensive, it made sense to create an enclosure that could contain swappable  hard disks. These days an external USB3 hard disk costs less than $100, so it makes no sense to use a swappable enclosure any more.

Get a few USB3 hard disks and swap these for your backups.
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rindiCommented:
Get something like the following:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=0VN-0003-000H5&cm_re=usb_drive_bay-_-0VN-0003-000H5-_-Product

You can drop in your backup disks directly, it takes 2.5" and 3" models, so you are flexible with the disks you use.

If you need eSATA, then the one below has both, USB3 and eSATA:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1DS28Y2007&cm_re=usb_drive_bay-_-9SIA1DS28Y2007-_-Product
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ScobberCommented:
I feel your pain usb 3 drives are lucky to be as fast as usb2

Made cheap, prone to fail from drops and bumps....

Tapes are the go, used to get 800mb/min out of a lto3 jp drive
Of course they had their issues, atleast they were less then 20$ for each tape
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OllarConsultingAuthor Commented:
I am looking for an enclosure similar to that which Rindi proposed, though something more "enclosed."

I have tried one similar to Rindi's suggestion and while it technically serves the purpose, the drive itself isn't fully enclosed and just "sticks out."

External USB hard drives tend to jump drive letters whenever they are swapped and while utilities can be installed that helps mitigate this jump, the utilities aren't always reliable.

Check out IcyDock IcyBento and you will have an idea of the product for which I am looking.
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rindiCommented:
There aren't any problems with the disk "sticking out". They work fine that way. It is actually better for the disk that way, as they cool better than anything which is enclosed. It is also quicker to use, as you only have to drop the disk into the dock.
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rindiCommented:
Any news?
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