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SANS DIGITAL MobileSTOR MS4CT+ 0, 1, 3, 5, 1+0, Spanning 4 3.5" Drive Bays USB 3.0, eSATA, Firewire 800 (1394b), Firewire 400 (1394a) 4-Bay USB 3.0/ eSATA/ 1394a/ 1394b Hardware RAID Enclosure

  • SATA
  • 4 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 0, 1, 3, 5, 1+0, Spanning
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The MobileSTOR MS4CT+ is a hardware RAID embedded enclosure providing high performance storage for creative professional with 200MB/s. The embedded Hardware RAID design provides offload of complex RAID calculation from the computer to the unit, allowing high performance throughput to USB 3.0, eSATA and Firewire 800. Backward compatibility with USB 2.0 and Firewire 400 port provides easy connection to various computer operating systems. Since RAID engine is embedded inside of the enclosure, there are no OS compatibility issues. The support of RAID 0, 1, 10, 3 and 5, MS4CT+ provides redundancy as well as data protection against hard drive failure. It is easy to read LCD display and allows user to manage and monitor the RAID system status in an easy to read format. Four hot-swappable hard drives slots are behind the front cover to allow for easy trouble shooting and hard drive replacement. The newly trayless design allows for easy installation. With adjustable cooling fan design, and high performance transfer rate to support various audio and video formats, MS4CT+ is the ideal storage tower for high-end computing.

  • newegg Quad Host Interfaces Featuring eSATA, USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 backward compatible) interfaces, the 4-bay SANS DIGITAL MS4CT+ delivers up to 200MB/s transfer speed and flexible connections offering you a cost-efficient storage expansion solution for home/office use. With the latest 3TB hard drive support, the 4-bay SANS DIGITAL MS4CT+ can achieve up to 12TB in storage capacity.
  • newegg RAID The SANS DIGITAL MS4CT+ features five different RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 1+0, 3 and 5 for redundancy, performance and protections. It also supports spanning for simple storage expansion. It supports hot-swap and auto-detects newly inserted hard drive with auto rebuild.
  • newegg Efficient and quiet cooling The preinstalled 3.5” ball bearing fan features auto / manual adjustable speed for quiet and efficient cooling.
  • newegg Multiple Platforms support The SANS DIGITAL MS4CT+ supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003 and 2008, MAC and Linux. Easy to read display panel and cooling fan, hard drive and power LEDs show you the system status at a glance.

Learn more about the SANS DIGITAL MS4CT+

Model

Brand
SANS DIGITAL
Series
MobileSTOR
Model
MS4CT+

General Spec

Drive
SATA
External I/O
USB 3.0, eSATA, Firewire 800 (1394b), Firewire 400 (1394a)
RAID Levels
0, 1, 3, 5, 1+0, Spanning

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
4

System Management

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

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
Input: AC 100-240V, 50Hz/60Hz
Output: DC +12V/5A
Max. Power: 60W

General Spec

Dimensions
5.3"W x 7.0"H x 9.7"D
Weight
4.5 lbs.
Features
Quad Host Interfaces: USB 3.0 (backward compatible with USB 2.0), eSATA, Firewire 400 and Firewire 800.

Form Factor: Compact Tower

Auto Rebuilding: Yes

Cooling Fan: 3.5" Ball Bearing Fan

Control Interface: RAID mode button

Status Indicators: Hard drives Status and Power LEDs

Trayless design and dust-proof front cover.

Hot-swap supported.

Auto-detected newly inserted hard drive with auto rebuild.

Packaging

Package Contents
MS4CT+
Power Cord & Power Adapter
USB 3.0 Cable
eSATA Cable
1394a Cable
1394b Cable
8 x HDD screws
4 x HDD Handle
Screw Driver
Quick Installation Manual

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Jeff K.
  • 2/22/2014 4:47:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid this like the plague

Pros: None

Cons: Slowly but surely the ports started dying off. It was unreliable. I was going to return it, got an RMA, but had to go out of town and the RMA expired, and SANS would not let me extend it.

Other Thoughts: Never buy any SANS stuff.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing Sans Digital products.

If you had a prior RMA case that have expired please contact us directly to reopen your case.

You can reach us in regards to your RMA case by calling us at 1-800-980-1988 or emailing us at tech@sansdigital.com.

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  • Sam N.
  • 11/1/2013 11:41:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Gear

Pros: This unit works well on my OSX and Windows 7 and 8 computers. Smoothly transitions and sleeps nicely. I actually purchased a second one after using the first. I was using a TR4M and it was not a good experience; problems with recognition, sleep state and power cycles, the power supply even died. This is a completely different experience. I love the size and it is very quiet.

Cons: None really. I can agree with others that instructions are not quite clear nor is use intuitive, but once it is set up it's fine.

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  • Eruch A.
  • 1/15/2013 10:18:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo power adapter in Box

Pros: The number of connection types is very good. USB 3.0, Firewire 800 (and 400 which surprised me) and even eSATA gives a very wide range. (If it had Thunderbolt, it would be complete). Price seemed reasonable. Also, number of different RAID modes is versatile and attractive.

Cons: Unit did not have the power adapter in the box, so I can't use it at all. Once this is rectified, I can report on it. So far, New Egg has taken a bunch of my time, only to pass me off to Sans Digital and their phone number even though I just want someone to send me an Adapter, ASAP without tons of trouble.
Also, the little button to open the front cover of the unit is not easy to open. Luckily one doesn't need to open it often.

Other Thoughts: Not a comprehensive manual included, just a quick start guide that seems best for those who have a good idea of what to do.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing our products.

If you have missing parts, please contact us directly for the replacement. We can provide you the replacement power supply if needed. Please contact us by calling 1-800-980-1988 for technical support and our engineer will try to resolve it over the phone. You can also contact us at tech@sansdigital.com for e-mail supports.

Thank you.

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  • Veronica G.
  • 8/12/2012 10:58:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIncompatible

Pros: Lots of different output options - usb 3.0, esata. and firewire 400/800.

Cons: My computer does not recognize any of the output options.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing Sans Digital products.

The unit support all 3 interface. Since there is not many information for the failure, please contact us for support. In general, you will have to create the RAID before the computer recognize. To create the volume, you will need to select the RAID mode, and then reset the unit using the reset switch on the back. Also, if over 2TB for the RAID volume, support for over 2TB is required for the OS.

For immediate support, call 1-800-980-1988 for technical support and our engineer will try to resolve it over the phone. You can also contact us at tech@sansdigital or visit our online forum.

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  • James E.
  • 2/29/2012 3:51:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSurprisingly fast, well built, and quiet

Pros: Well packed - and box was reusable to repack item for reshipping.
Sturdy construction without being built like a battleship
Instructions were actually understandable
Fast, fast, fast - did not run super thorough speed tests, but clearly faster than the hardware raid it replaced
Easy assembly even without the instructions (so, yeah, I'm one of those guys)
Love the simple front panel controls
Fan is very quiet at the highest speed - I actually had to test it.
Only unit I could find that supported the PC and Mac well in terms of fast interfaces (eSata+FireWire)

Cons: Formatting instructions for Mac/PC were sketchy. I know how to do that stuff, as will 99% of the buyers, but they clearly spent all their time on physical construction instructions.
Not clear that it would work with 3G drives (it did) so I had to kind of take a flyer on that.
It *looks* like you can reformat from the front panel (which is scary) but it turns out there is a panel-covered button on back which has to be depressed first. Phew. Not sure this is really a con, just something that stopped my heart for a second. Process was clearly defined in the instructions.

Other Thoughts: This would have cost $2K a few years ago. I am always amazed.

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  • Eric T.
  • 2/28/2012 7:44:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSANS DIGITAL MobileSTOR MS4CT+

Pros: Been using the unit for over 3 months without problem. It's not as noisy as my other older model of Sans Digital RAID storage (TR4M). I like the power-saving feature where the unit would automatically turned off when the computer is shut down.

Cons: Initial setup with Mac OS requires USB connection. Once it's set up or initialized, I was able to connect using FireWire800. I am not sure if this is a Mac OS software bug or the unit's.

Other Thoughts: I hope Sans Digital would come up with a Thunderbolt version of the RAID storage soon.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/25/2012 11:43:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsGoes to sleep

Pros: Seems well built, I hope it satisfies the needs of others who have needs different from mine, who can tolerate its sleepiness.

Cons: Served by my semi-retired PowerMac G5 dual 2.5GHz, on OS 10.4.11, connected by firewire, after only a few minutes of inactivity, disappears from network, goes to sleep, is no longer served. Its "false" image remains on desktop but when selected, dismounts triggering alert "Device improperly disconnected," but then spins up and usually remounts itself. Very minimal documentation, none online, and tech support not sufficiently familiar with it. One of my first-ever returns.

Other Thoughts: I suggest and am ordering WD My Book Live Duo 4TB only $380 w/ 2@2TB drives, plus it is NAS for giganet to all computers. Requires OS 10.5 Leopard for setup.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing our products.

Our products are tested working on G5, and the sleep issue is not coming from the MS4CT+. It is an operating system issue with any attached external hard drive. It can be easily resolved by disabling the hard drive spin down feature, also known as hard drive sleep. To disable the hard drive sleep feature you must navigate to Applications/System Preferences/Energy Saver and uncheck the “Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible”. In Mac OS X 10.5 and earlier, the following command sets hard drive sleep to never (disksleep 0) and System sleep to occur after 20 minutes of inactivity (sleep 20):

sudo pmset -a disksleep 0 sleep 20

We agree that NAS product have the benefit of build-in Gigabit port and good for data sharing. Please understand that, at the same time, performance is very limited even on Gigabit port. Most of the 2 bay NAS product in the market are running less than 20MB/s, vs USB 3.0 and eSATA (about 180MB/s) or Firewire 800 (about 70MB/s).

Please contact our technical support at tech@sansdigital.com or 1-800-980-1988 for further issues. We will be able to help you walk via the setup.

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