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SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR5UT 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, Clone (N-way Mirror) with Hot Spare, and JBOD 5 3.5" Drive Bays USB 2.0 and eSATA 5 Bay SATA to USB2.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID 5 Enclosure (Silver)

  • SATA 3Gb/s
  • 5 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, Clone (N-way Mirror) with Hot Spare, and JBOD
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The TowerRAID TR5UT is a hardware RAID 5 five bay with USB 2.0 eSATA interfaces to provide over 200MB/s performance. Built-in support for RAID 0, 1, 10, 3, 5 with hot-spare support and JBOD, the TR5UT provides hardware RAID redundancy protection against hard drive failure. New RAID mode, CLONE mode or N-Way Mirror, are introduced to support the same copy of the data in all of the hard drives installed.

The hardware RAID enclosure also eliminates OS compatibility issues, since no software is required. In order to satisfy the need for performance hungry applications, each unit is bundled with PCIe 2.0 x1 two ports eSATA controller card with SATA 6.0 Gbps (6G) support (Highpoint Tech R622 Controller card). PCIe 2.0 provides twice the bandwidth of PCIe 1.0 unit, allowing over 200MB/s performance in PCIe 2.0 support slot.

Backwards compatibility with PCIe 1.0 slots allows for using the unit in any PCIe slot, to provide eSATA connectivity for the computer without eSATA build-in. Designed with easy installation in mind, TR5UT comes with 5 easy to install hard drives trays and a dust-free protective ventilating cover. The TR5UT is the ultimate eSATA RAID 5 storage for all of your storage needs.

  • newegg Five-Bay Hardware RAID The TowerRAID TR5UT features four bays to support RAID 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, JBOD, clone and hot spare disk, providing over 200MB/s read and 170MB/s write performance. Hardware RAID eliminates OS compatibility issues and reduces the load of the server.
  • newegg Dual Interfaces The TowerRAID TR5UT features both eSATA and USB 2.0 interfaces to provide best transfer rate and best compatibility. eSATA controller card (Highpoint R622) with SATA 6Gbps support is also bundled.
  • newegg N-way Mirror Mode The TowerRAID TR5UT provides an N-Way Mirror mode to help you instantly copy data from one hard drive to several hard drives at the same time.
  • newegg Hard Disk Management The TowerRAID TR5UT automatically detects and rebuilds the insertion and removal of disks.

Learn more about the SANS DIGITAL TR5UT

Model

Brand
SANS DIGITAL
Series
TowerRAID
Model
TR5UT

General Spec

Drive
SATA 3Gb/s
External I/O
USB 2.0 and eSATA
RAID Levels
0, 1, 10, 3, 5, Clone (N-way Mirror) with Hot Spare, and JBOD

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
5

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
220W (103V-253V)

General Spec

Dimensions
6.0" x 8.25" x 11.0"
Weight
9.3 lbs.
Features
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, support 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 a hard drive to several hard drives at the same time.

Supports SATA I (1.5Gb/s) and SATA II (3Gb/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.

Included five hot-swappable hard drive tray for easy trouble shooting.

Compact, stylish 5 bay tower design with protective ventilating cover.

Packaging

Package Contents
TR5UT (1)
Power Cord (1)
eSATA Cable (1)
USB 2.0 Cable (1)
PCIe 2.0 x1 two ports eSATA 6Gbps Controller card (1)
Screws (1 set)
Quick Installation Manual & CD (1)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the SANS DIGITAL TR5UT

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  • Peter A.
  • 2/27/2010 7:15:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsQuiet and performs pretty well

Pros: * Pretty fast: 200 MB/sec read / 140 MB/sec write on a Raid 10 across four WD 2TB drives and 120 MB/sec read / 80 MB/sec write on a Raid 5 across five WD 2TB drives
* Very quiet
* Can move from eSata to USB - excellent for backups: Fast on your primary box, then slower but extremely portable when you needed.

Cons: * Came with the raid selector cable internally disconnected. Not a big deal for someone who is comfortable opening the case and checking things out - but many users will find the unit useless
* They include a eSATA cable that works well on a 3Gbit/sec SATA port -but whenever using the included 6Gbit card the cable simply leads to I/O errors. Using a better cable (and no other changes) fixed my I/O error issue.
* Drive trays work but the handles that should lock the drives in place are useless. As a result the unit works well but whenever moving it around, you have to check that none of the drives came loose...

Other Thoughts: Running Linux the 6Gbit card isn't stable unless you have the latest kernel. 2.6.32 and newer seem to work without issues - at least 6 days of bonnie++ ran without a single error or warning.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing our product.

The performance you tested is correct with the controller card in PCIe x1 1.0. If you have a PCIe 2.0 slot (x1 to x16), you will double the performance to about 200MB/s in read and write.

The eSATA cables is working with the unit and the card in the 6Gb/s speed. Please contact tech@sansdigital.com or 1.800.980.1988 for the problem related the cable.

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