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SANS DIGITAL TowerSTOR TS2CT RAID 0, 1 2 3.5" Drive Bays USB 2.0, eSATA, Firewire 800 (1394b), Firewire 400 (1394a) 2 Bay SATA to USB 2.0 / eSATA / 1394a / 1394b RAID Enclosure

  • SATA 1.5 & 3Gb/s
  • 2 3.5" Drive Bays
  • RAID 0, 1
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The TowerSTOR TS2CT is a hardware RAID embedded enclosure provides high performance storage for creative professional with 180MB/s. The embedded Hardware RAID design provides offload of complex RAID calculation from the computer to the unit, allowing high perfromance throughput to eSATA and Firewire 800. Popular USB 2.0 and Firewire 400 provide easy connection to various computer operating systems. Since RAID engine is embeded inside the enclosure, there is no OS compatibility issues. With support of RAID 0 and RAID 1, TS2CT allows user to choose from fast performance on RAID 0 or hard drive redundancy protection on RAID 1. Its easy to read LCD display allows user to manage and monitor the RAID system status in a easy to read format. With adjustable cooling fan design, and high performance transfer rate to support various audio and video editing problems, TS2CT is the ideal storage tower for high-end computing.

  • newegg Stylish Design This silver enclosure in a stylish and compact profile perfectly fits into your house decoration and complements the desktop system.
  • newegg Multiple Interfaces Quad Host Interfaces, including USB 2.0, eSATA, Firewire 400 and Firewire 800, permit effortless connection to a broad range of host computers.
  • newegg Hardware RAID The SANS DIGITAL TowerSTOR TS2CT features two RAID modes to address different storage needs: RAID 0 for optimized performance and RAID 1 for maximized data security. The hardware RAID is built in the enclosure to offload the complex RAID calculation from host CPU for a smoother, more responsive operation on computers and eliminate the OS compatibility issue.
  • newegg LCD Display Easy to read LCD display permits convenient RAID management and system status monitoring.
  • newegg Effective Cooling 1.5" rear ball bearing fan efficiently dissipates the heat inside the enclosure for a stable and reliable running.

Learn more about the SANS DIGITAL TS2CT

Model

Brand
SANS DIGITAL
Series
TowerSTOR
Model
TS2CT

General Spec

Drive
SATA 1.5 & 3Gb/s
External I/O
USB 2.0, eSATA, Firewire 800 (1394b), Firewire 400 (1394a)
RAID Levels
RAID 0, 1

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
2

System Management

OS Supported
Windows 7, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows Server 2003 and 2008, MAC and Linux.

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
Input: AC 100-240V
Output: DC +5V/4.2A +12V/3A

General Spec

Dimensions
3.3" x 5.5" x 9.6"
Weight
3.8 lbs.
Features
Form Factor: Compact Tower

Maximum Capacity: 6TB

Cooling Fan: 1.5" Ball Bearing Fan

Control Interface: LCD or RAID Switch

Status Indicators: Status and Power LEDs

Hardware RAID embedded to the enclosure to elminate OS compatibility issues.

LCD display for RAID management and monitor system status.

Supports the latest TB hard drive. Up to 6TB in storage capacity.

Packaging

Package Contents
TS2CT
Power Cord
USB 2.0 Cable
eSATA Cable
Firewire 1394a
Firewire 1394b
Quick Installation Manual

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


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  • Anonymous
  • 6/30/2012 3:24:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice and affordable Raid Solution

Pros: Works as advertised. Easy to set up. Attractive blue lights. Well built and has that high quality feel. Good sound dampening drive mounts.

Cons: No big deals here, but will nitpick so you know what to expect.

Installing the drives was a bit of a pain as there were sound dampeners that have to go in as well as extra care was given due to the few negatives reviews.

The blue lights, that I personally like, are BRIGHT! Putting this by your bed, or even in your bedroom is probably a bad idea.

Other Thoughts: I paid attention to the other reviews detailing the one structural weak point that may exist and avoided making the same mistake when installing my drives. To be honest, it did not look that weak, but I was careful anyway.

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  • Don S.
  • 6/23/2012 8:56:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNoisy

Pros: Works fine

Cons: Noisy, Noisy, Noisy. It only has one tiny fan that stays on constantly regardless of setting.

Other Thoughts: If one doesn't mind the noise it's fine.

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  • Daniel D.
  • 5/29/2012 9:50:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: So far so good. I read a lot of reviews complaining about this drive being faulty from the box. Didn't happen to me and I bought two units at once.

Drives seem to have decent performance but I am not a real technical person when it comes to hardware.

I have these drives in a Sans Digital External enclosure which uses RAID 1 (the reason why I chose a cheaper hard drive) and so far they have not passed 41 C temperature so I am pleased.

Not too noisy compared to other drives I've had.

Cons: Nothing so far. If a drive fails I'm out $100.

Other Thoughts: Drives don't seem to make a lot of noise. Come to think of it. I don't hear the arm moving very much at all. With the current set up I can manage to get 35 Mb/sec write speed with this drive.

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  • Daniel D.
  • 5/29/2012 9:46:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorking good so far

Pros: Nice solid looking case. Buttons on face plate and everything seem very nicely built. Cables fit just right. And from what I've read with other external enclosures, this one has all the important buttons on the front face!

Getting it set up was a little funky but that attributes to my average tech knowledge I guess.

I have been running a backup image of my solid state (original purpose of this purchase). So far my drives have not gone higher than 41 C.

Cons: If you're a stickler about fan noise then you may complain but I don't mind it.

Not much direction for the average tech knowledge user.

Other Thoughts: I am excited to see how reliable RAID 1 is. Before this all I had was my main SSD so I feel much safer with my data now!

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  • William S.
  • 2/16/2012 10:09:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Raid enclosure but...

Pros: I'm running 2-2TB drives for video editing. I use the Esata port and it seems fast. Drive comes set-up as Raid 0, I use Raid 1 for back-up. Very easy to change Raid setup and drives booted right up for formatting (MAC OSX) Enclosure is quite and small. It's a pretty tight squeeze installing the drives, but they fit. Box seems to run a little warm after being on for 2 days, so we'll see how it lasts. Fan should help.

Only issue I see with this enclosure is that it is not Hot swap-able using the E-sata connection --otherwise a good enclosure.

Cons: Enclosure is not hot-swap-able using E-sata connection which means drive must be turned on before booting your computer or drive will not appear. This is only using the Esata connection--firewire and USB work fine. I lot of the raids seem to work this wasy when using Esata--not sure why?
Not a big deal-just an inconvenience. This is the Reason for 4 stars.

Other Thoughts: Price is reasonable for features

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  • Daniel A.
  • 2/6/2012 8:50:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid enclosure

Pros: Solid enclosure, configuring was easy, I use 2 x 1TB in RAID1.

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: Use this drive for storing raw video and audio files. It gets dragged around and set up on location for video shoots. So far it's been a very solid box.

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  • Russell J.
  • 2/1/2012 10:38:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice enclosure!

Pros: 1. compact
2. quiet enough
3. easy to setup
4. great home DAS for backups, redundancy

Cons: 1. takes a long time to initialize RAID 1 array with 2 new drives (once done, no problems)

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  • Joel P.
  • 11/18/2011 3:55:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Enclosure!

Pros: It has a great simple but elegant design. Aluminum is a plus, and makes it feel very solid! The plethora of ports is helpful. The fan regulates itself based on temperature readings from the drives themselves in addition to its own thermometer. The LCD menu is simple but useful. Its ability to support 3 TB drives is very useful.

Cons: The two switch RAID mode selector on the back is a bit flimsy, at least on my unit.

Other Thoughts: A fantastic enclosure, and because of that I'll probably by their 4 bay model in the same series sometime.

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  • Scott L.
  • 11/21/2010 7:38:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat little box so far......

Pros: Looks and feels like a quality built box, all aluminium and everything fits together nicely. Even though drive installation is easy that takes more time than setting it up. Power supply is a corded type as opposed to a 'wall wart' which is a plus in my book, looks well built as well. Doesn't seem to hinder my Mac going to sleep as a few external drives do, automatic fan speed control works, very quick spin up from power on or sleep.

Cons: The only reason it doesn't have 5 eggs is the price, a bit high for an empty box but on the other hand it is very well made so it's probably justifiable, time will tell. Possibly for some people the fairly bright blue LCD might be an annoyance if it's on a desktop.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my iMac so FW800 is the only interface I've used. None of the boxes with FW800 get anything but mediocre reviews but so far I'm very happy with this purchase and recommend it if your looking for a 2 disk RAID 0/1 only box, no JBOD. JBOD would have been a plus for me for future use with ZFS on Solaris or Linux. I'm a Sys. Admin. by day and ZFS is 'da bomb'.

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