The TowerSTOR TS5CT is a hardware RAID 5 five bay tower enclosure that utilizes the widely available USB 2.0 , Firewire 800 (1394b) and performance orientated eSATA interfaces to provide over 200MB/s of performance. With built-in support for RAID 0, 1, 10, 3, 5 with hot-spare support, the TS5CT provides hardware RAID redundancy protection against hard drive failure. The new RAID mode, CLONE mode/N-Way Mirror is also introduced to support same copy of the data in all of the hard drives installed. Since RAID engine is embedded in the enclosure, all RAID algorithm calculation can be offloaded to the storage unit to provide optimum performance. Designed with easy installation in mind, the TS5CT comes with 5 easy to install hard drives trays for hot-swap support. The TS5CT is the ultimate eSATA RAID 5 storage for all of your storage needs.
Good Device - AMAZING CUSTOMER SUPPORT
This review is from: SANS DIGITAL TowerSTOR TS5CT 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, Clone (N-way Mirror) with Hot Spare, and JBOD 5 x Hot-Swappable 3.5" Drive Bays Firewire 800 (1394b), USB 2.0 and eSATA 5 Bay SATA to USB2.0 / eSATA / Firewire 800 Hardware RAID 5 Enclosure
Pros: Good solid product that is well designed and easy to assemble and configure. Performs well - though only been running for three weeks. The customer service was fantastic on a minor issue (see Cons).
Cons: The only issue I had was with the documentation for use in an Apple environment. I emailed tech support two days before the Christmas holidays and got a response within an hour. After a few exchanges I had the RAID configured, formatted, integrated and running. I can't say enough about how impressed I was with the technical support.
Other Thoughts: I was going to give SD a half egg ding BUT the documentation issue was more than made up for by the quick and thorough technical support so Sans Digital gets five golden eggs+ for the great design, solid performance and exceptionally competent and effective support.
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