I waited for months with much anticipation the arrival of the Allnetchina Quad SATA kit for raspberry pi 4. I was a little disappointed in its implementation.
First, the metal panels that hold the HDs in-place (at least the 2 I received, 1 with no cutout), sadly, were engineered as identical pieces, rather than mirror images of each other. Consequently the holes for the drives are off by 2mm. This makes the two sides of the drives to be offset, and consequently affecting how the top fan hat fits - making it very difficult to secure the case and top plexiglass panel, because it’s skewed and off center. In addition, since one of the metal panels I received did not have the USB ports cutout, it forces outward stress on the top USB port, making it almost impossible to fit the case down around everything as shown in the video. Was the design of the brackets change in a later manufacturing run - without testing it?
Secondly, the SATA hat included in my kit has non-functioning HD activity LEDs for drive 1.
Thirdly, after a full day of trying to use the 2 provided links(scripts) to get the software properly installed and running, I have given up. 2 of the 4 drives simply do not show up after the SATA script is run. OMV installs fine, but only sees 2 of the 4 drives I have installed. The SATA script really should have been thoroughly tested before it was released. I’ve scoured the web and the radxa community forums, and have been unable to find a workable solution to get the other 2 drives operational.
Really a shame since the hardware (for the most part) is very nice. But the few mis-engineered pieces have tempered my enthusiasm about this product. I would really like to get it working and finish configuring it as a NAS box using OMV.