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SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR8M6G 8-Bay eSATA 6G Port Multiplier RAID Tower w/ 6G PCIe x4 Card

  • SATA 6Gb/s
  • 8 x Hot-Swappable 3.5" Drive Bays
  • RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, Spanning and JBOD (via Bundled RR642 RAID Controller Card)
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TowerRAID TR8M6G

The TowerRAID TR8M6G is the world's first 6G port multiplier storage, bundled with 6G PCIe 2.0 x4 RAID 5 controller. It is a compact RAID tower utilizing the latest SATA III port multiplier technology, where two eSATA cables connect to eight 6GBps SATA hard drives. Bundled with a high performance RAID controller card RR642, its RAID 5 performance is capable of reaching over 600MBps.

Online expansion is included in the controller card so RAID can be expanded without the need to recreate storage space or erase existing data. Advanced monitoring functions include real time hard drives health status, remote RAID management and e-mail notification for critical events.

Designed with easy installation in mind, the TR8M6G provides hot swappable tray modules, allowing instant setup by simply inserting the hard drives after opening the protective ventilating cover. The included dual-port eSATA 6GBps PCIe 2.0 x4 RAID controller card all drives configured into a single or multiple RAID arrays, providing over 600MBps in performance with eight drives.


 TowerRAID TR8M6G

  • New 6G Port Multiplier PM storage, with 6G RAID controller, fully supports 6G hard drives
  • Bundled with RR642 RAID controller card, PCIe 2.0 x4, for over 600MBps RAID 5 performance.
  • Dual-port eSATA 6GBps PCIe 2.0 x4 RAID controller supports up to 8 hard drives in a single or multiple RAID array.
  • Backward compatible with PCIe 1.0.
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+ spare, spanning and JBOD.
  • Supports online expansion to expand capacity without the need to recreate the RAID volume and erase the existing data.
  • Built-in real time hard drive health monitoring, remote RAID management and e-mail notification for critical events.
  • Supports PC, Linux and MAC OS, including Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and MAC OS 10.6 or up.
  • Accesses eight hard drives using only one cable.
  • Host interface: eSATA with 6G Port Multiplier.
  • Drive interface: 8 x 3.5" SATA, up to 4TB per drives.

Specifications

Model TR8M6G
Form Factor Compact Tower
HDD Trays 8 Hot-Swappable 3.5"
RAID Level

RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, Spanning and JBOD
(via Bundled RR642 RAID Controller Card)

Maximum Capacity 32TB
Host Interface & Transfer Rate eSATA (via Port Multiplier)
PCIe 2.0 x4 for RR642 RAID Controller
Drive Interface 8 x 3.5" SATA
Cooling Fan 4.7" Ball Bearing Fan
Power Supply 250W (90 ~ 264V)
Status Indicators Status and Power LEDs
Dimensions (W x H x D) (inches) 5.9 x 13.4 x 13.4
Weight (lbs) 13
Safety Regulations CE, FCC, UL, RoHS
Limited Warranty 1-Year
Package Contents
  • TR8M6G (1)
  • Hard Drive Trays (8)
  • Power Cord (1)
  • eSATA Cable (2)
  • RR642 Dual-Port eSATA 6GBps PCIe 2.0 x4 RAID Controller (1)
  • Screws (1 set)
  • Quick Installation Manual & CD (1)

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Model

Brand
SANS DIGITAL
Series
TowerRAID
Model
TR8M6G

General Spec

Drive
SATA 6Gb/s
External I/O
eSATA 6Gbps (via Port Multiplier)
RAID Levels
RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, Spanning and JBOD (via Bundled RR642 RAID Controller Card)

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
8 x Hot-Swappable

System Management

OS Supported
Supports PC, Linux and MAC OS, including Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and MAC OS 10.6 or up

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
250W (90V-264V)

General Spec

Dimensions
5.9"W x 13.4"H x 13.4"D
Weight
13 lbs.
Features
Form Factor: Compact Tower

Maximum Capacity: 32TB

Cooling Fan: 4.7" Ball Bearing Fan

Status Indicators: Status and Power LEDs

New 6G Port Multiplier PM storage, with 6G RAID controller, fully support 6G hard drives

Bundled with RR642 RAID controller card, PCIe 2.0 x4, for over 600MB/s RAID 5 performance.

Dual-port eSATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 x4 RAID controller supports up to 8 hard drives in a single or multiple RAID array.

Backward compatible with PCIe 1.0.

Supports RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+ spare, spanning and JBOD.

Supports online expansion to expand capacity without the need to recreate the RAID volume and erase the existing data.

Built-in real time hard drive health monitoring, remote RAID management and e-mail notification for critical events.

Supports PC, Linux and MAC OS, including Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and MAC OS 10.6 or up.

Accesses eight hard drives using only one cable.

Host interface: eSATA with 6G Port Multiplier.

Drive interface: 8 x 3.5" SATA, up to 4TB per drives.

Packaging

Package Contents
TR8M6G (1)
Hard Drive Trays (8)
Power Cord (1)
eSATA Cable (2)
RR642 Dual-Port eSATA 6Gb/s PCIe 2.0 x4 RAID Controller (1)
Screws (1 set)
Quick Installation Manual & CD (1)

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the SANS DIGITAL TR8M6G

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  • Kevin C.
  • 7/12/2014 12:57:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay FAR away from HighPoint RAID controller with this unit

Pros: Easy to use hot swap-able modules for HDD's. Nice design.

Cons: I bought this unit back in December and have had nothing but problems with the HIghPoint controller. I have had constant BSOD's with this on WHS 2011 64bit and have tried working with HighPoint on the problem. After initially working with me and giving me various drivers to try then just recently came back with this response.

<<
Dear customer in our compatibility list for the RocketRAID 6xxL series controller we note that Enterprise HDD are needed for RAID arrays.

http://highpoint-tech.com/PDF/Compatibility_List/RocketRAID_64xL_Compa...

The time out error in Windows Event log originates from using desktop HDD in a RAID 5 application.

All RAID 5, 6 application on the RocketRAID series controller require using RAID Edition or enterprise classified HDD's. Any problems that occur when using desktop HDD's in a RAID application HighPoint is not responsible for nor can we provide a suggestion or any fixes.

Unfortunately there is nothing we can do for you in this case.

Regards

HighPoint Support Team
>>
Now the URL they provided has no mention of RAID 5 or Enterprise HDD drives being a requirement to use RAID 5 nor is there any documentation on their site (or on NewEgg or on SansDigital) that states you will get BSOD's on a regular basis unless you fork out >2X more $ for an enterprise class HDD.

This is unacceptable after purchasing 8 3TB HDD's on NewEgg to have a HighPoint come back later to say that BSOD's should be expected with their card when using RAID 5 and not having enterprise class HDD's.

Stay AWAY from HighPoint. SansDigital should find a different card to bundle.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/22/2014 4:41:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsSo far nothing but problems

Pros: Inexpensive and case is well built. Drives are well ventilated. When it works - it is fast. Glad I got while it was on sale, plus a coupon and with free shipping.

Set-up is easy - just wish the trays were screw-less.

Cons: Fan is VERY noisy -- Replaced it with a Noctua.

I've had to rebuild the raid from scratch 3 times (it is currently rebuilding from the 3rd crash. After it fails - it no longer recognizes that many of the drives exist -- until you play musical slots with them. The error log indicates that ALL devices in the Array failed - yet none of them have really failed.

When this happens - Windows 7 Pro 64 bit fails to load on reboot unless I turn-off or unplug the enclosure.

I am continually getting BSOD on the rr640L.sys driver. Installed it from the CD and downloaded it and installed it from the website - each time uninstalling the card and related software - with the same results. (0x000000D1). Have even gotten this error on reboots.

CLEARLY a driver issue with the card.

Very Frustrating and time consuming - rebuilding the raid takes almost 2 days (8 3TB drives).

Unfortunately I am past my return period - otherwise it would be going back.

From the reviews on other SANS DIGITAL products -- seems like the controller card is the issue - and many have had success replacing it. Hate to have to spend even more on this - guess what I saved from the sale price, coupon and free shipping will have to be spent replacing the controller card.

PS - I even went so far as to exchange all of my hard drives after the second crash -- and it still crashed with the new ones.

Other Thoughts: Bottom line -- until SANS DIGITAL / HighPoint Technologies develop a working driver and / or update the BIOS (can't believe the BIOS has never been updated (still on v1.0) this is not for the faint of heart.

Guess I will try to replace the esata controller card and see if that makes a difference.

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  • Aleksandar M.
  • 3/26/2014 11:54:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs8 bay enclosure

Pros: Clean nice design. Sturdy well built enclosure.
6GB/s Raid Card

Cons: reliability concern. rebuilded two times my raid in less than a month.

Other Thoughts: This is second enclosure i purchased. I own TR8M+B for couple years with no problems running 8x2TB (~13,5TB formatted) in raid 5 using 622 controller had one drive failed and rebuilded arey after swap for about 28 hours. I decide to go with this one this time to get usage of 6gb/s advertising with rocked raid 642 card running 8x4TB seagates in raid 5 (~25.5TB formatted).
I have put successfully in one computer both raid cards. During boot screen i can see only 640L card do the check but 622 do check when Windows is loading. the isue i had was to be access web GUI on both card. raid manager was loading only one card. Sins according to instructions both card using same localhost port.
I started (hptsvrman.exe) to see correct ports on both card an was able to get to web GUI on second controller. difference I see is that led lights are just "green" and don't go "orange" like on older enclosure when active, and also it took like 52 hours to initialise and had alarm going on couple times ended up disable it. Two cables are connected go raid card. It rebuild itself after power outage last week took another 48 hours. hope it will not have any issues in long run still keep copy of all my data on older enclosure.
Fan is blue led but i don't really care sins it is on the back of the unit.
Noise is average not louder than my main machine.

Does someone can tell me if I can use internal two Sata ports on the card when I enclosure is attached?

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  • Mark K.
  • 3/25/2014 3:49:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect RAID storage solution!

Pros: LOTS of storage (up to eight 4T drives = total 32T) cheap. Many RAID options. Fast transfer speeds . . . comes with top line RAID controller card. Easy setup. GREAT customer service (they helped me through my lack of RAID experience).

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I love it . . . there is nothing even close to this performance and capacity available at this price point.

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  • Aristotle Z.
  • 3/24/2014 10:11:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: This is my second unit, works real well. Very fast. I use it in pure JBOD configuration.

Cons: None

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  • Hal D.
  • 1/30/2014 2:12:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot a Great Experience

Pros: Drives mount easily. Nice looking enclosure.

Cons: Configured two RAID 5 arrays with the included card. Windows 7 64 bit would see the 4.5TB arrays but only configure 2TB for use. Went back and re-configured as RAID 1 (two drives a piece). Works that way. No real tech support available.

Price went down $30 right after I ordered. Should have some price guarantee (30 days).

Other Thoughts: The RAID card get really bad reviews on the Internet. Should have done a little more homework.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing Sans Digital products.

About your poblem - that the RAID can be configured properly and with 4.5TB shown correctly on Windows, but you can only use 2TB out of it, did you see two partitions (one smaller with about 2TB size, another one with the remaining size) in "Disk management" when you are about to format it? If so, this is nomal since you need to convert the disk in "GPT" partition scheme in order to combine them into one big drive in order to utilize the whole capacity.

About the tech support, we have serached through our whole email database for all of our tech engineers as well as our phone logs but could not really find a case similar to the issue you described (especially since this is one of our newer products so there's just one or two tech support inquiries so far only). We gurantee replying customers within 24 hours on both email and phone support, and the next monday by 5pm PST when the email came in after the previous Friday 5pm PST.

For more detail support, you can contact us at tech@sansdigital.com for email suppor or 1-800-980-1988 for phone support.

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