Date: October 15th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Norco
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PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
Self-healing storage (Auto-Rebuild/Hot Spare)
Support RAID 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD, RAID5 (Windows only)
Supports up to five 3.5" SATA-I or SATA-II disk drives;
Excellent cooling system with noise-killer design.
Hot-swappable disk drive tray with special designed power-off and lock mechanism;
Monitor and alarm with temperature and fan-speed display
PCI-X/PCI card, eSATA cables, power supply, HDD mobile rack, backplane, all mounting screws for HDDs included
Support real-time HD Video Streams (RAID0 mode)
Based on these specs, this product looks a like a good fit for a small business or even a home user in need of an external storage solution. According to Norco there is no limit on the size of hard drives used. Nice!
The DS-500 arrived without being packaged in another box, which made me worry about this $450 product being damaged in transit. Everything inside looked to be intact though.
In addition to the RAID tower we have a SATA II cable, power cord, eSATA PCI card, and screws for hard drive mounting. No software or instructions are included which is odd for a product like this, especially one in this price range.