Date: February 13th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sans Digital
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PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
Hardware RAID, supporting RAID 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, JBOD, Clone and hot spare disk.
Over 200MB/s read and 170MB/s write performance.
eSATA and USB 2.0 interface.
Bundled SATA 6.0Gbps PCIe 2.0 x1 controller card supports PCIe 2.0 with over 200MB/s performance. (Highpoint R622)
Backward compatible with PCIe 1.0 slot is supported.
True hardware RAID design within the enclosure, no driver and no additional RAID controller needed.
New Clone mode (N-way Mirror) - all the hard drives connected will be mirrored. Clone mode is especially useful when users would like to copy data form one hard drive to several hard drives at the same time.
Supports SATA I (1.5 GB/s) and SATA II (3 GB/s) hard drives.
Over 2TB per volume via eSATA and USB on OS that support 2TB and above.
Automatic insertion / removal detection and rebuild.
Hardware RAID with standard Interface. No extra drivers required.
Compact, stylish 4 bay tower design with protective ventilating cover.
In addition to the multiple RAID arrays supported on this unit, you also have the option of configuring drives in the following ways:
Clean Mode – This storage policy enables each hard drive to be seen separately as one drive. This mode should only be used if the SATA host controller provides Port Multiplier support. If it does not, only a single drive will be visible. If using USB there is no such limitation.
Large Mode - This storage policy concatenates a series of physical hard drives as a single large volume. So for example if you install 4 x 500 GB hard drives, they will be configured as a single 2 TB volume.
Clone Mode - This storage policy duplicates all data on separate drives to protect against data loss due to drive failure. One drive clones the others at all times.
The box has a large image of the enclosure on the front, with features and specs on the side. Current pricing for a diskless TR4UT is around $289 US, with preconfigured models obviously costing a bit more.
The enclosure and its accessories were all packed very well to prevent any damage during the shipping process. In addition to the enclosure, you get an eSATA cable, USB 2.0 cable, power cord, screws, quick install manual, driver CD, and a PCIe eSATA controller card. This is a complete package; the only parts that the user must supply are the hard drives.