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Rosewill RSV-S8 8-Bay 2.5" & 3.5" Hot-Swappable RAID 0/1/5/10/5+spare/Spanning/JBOD Storage Enclosure System with 120mm cooling fan, Port Multiplier, Tray Design, and Bundled with PCIe RAID Controller Card

  • Bundle with a PCIe 2 Ports eSATA RAID Controller Card
  • Support SATA I/II/III Hard Drives
  • 8x 2.5" & 3.5" Hot-Swappable Drive Bays
  • Support Latest 4TB SATA Hard Drives, up to 32TB of Total Storages
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Based on Sil3726 chipset, the compact Rosewill RSV-S8 storage enclosure increases the amount of your storage by connecting up to eight 3.5" SATA HDDs while RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, spanning and JBOD support ensures performance and data security. The chassis utilizes a slide tray design to make drive swaps faster. A full 250W power supply provides ample power even under heavy load. There is also plenty of power to run the chassis exhaust fans and the drive cage fans. The well ventilated chassis helps to keep the drives cool and running on peak levels.



 

  • newegg Easy-Swap Design The easy-slide HDD tray design in combination with the cable-less backplane connectivity enables effortless installation of SATA I or SATA II hard drives. Assembly and disassembly of drives is a cinch.
  • newegg RAID Support The Rosewill RSV-S8 supports multiple RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, spanning and JBOD (using bundled utilities, max. 5 drives per volumes) to ensure data integrity.
  • newegg eSATA Interface The Rosewill RSV-S8 features two eSATA ports (via Port Multiplier) for ultra-fast data transfer speeds of up to 3Gbps and plug-and-play connectivity to the host computer.
  • newegg HBA Card Included The included Sil3132R5 PCIe x2 slot adapter card features two eSATA ports with Port Multiplier function for easy connection to the external RAID enclosure.
  • newegg 250W PSU Included The Rosewill RSV-S8 features a full 250W internal PSU that delivers strong power to all components.

Learn more about the Rosewill RSV-S8

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RSV-S8

General Spec

Drive
SATA 1.5 & 3Gb/s
External I/O
eSATA 3Gbps (via Port Multiplier)
RAID Levels
RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, spanning and JBOD (using bundled utilities, max. 5 drives per volumes)

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
8x Hot-Swappable 3.5", up to 4TB each; 2.5" also supported

System Management

OS Supported
Support Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Server 2008
(Support MAC and Linux via Port Multiplier)

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
250W (103V-253V)

General Spec

Dimensions
15.0" x 15.0" x 8.0"
Weight
16.75 lbs.
Features
Sil3726/ Sil3132R5 Software RAID Design

Form Factor: Compact Tower

Providing 8 bay SATA 4TB HDD huge storage space for your data backup needs, maximum holds up to 32TB

Cooling Fan: 120mm silence cooling fan

Eight 3.5-inch SATA hard disk drives to two eSATA Port Multiplier interfaces.

2-port eSATA PCIe HBA included, to connect up to two units for a maximum of 16 HDDs.

Accesses eight hard drives using only two cables.

Supports JBOD, Spanning, RAID 0, 1, 1+0, 5 with spare in two volume sets via software utilities.

Cable-less backplane design support hot-swappable SATA I and SATA II.

Supports Plug & Play for easy installation.

Compact enclosure with dust-free cover.

*Please remind that the limitation for each partition for Windows XP or below OS is 2 TB. If you set a partition which is more than 2 TB, system can only detect 2 TB max.

*Access to 8 Hard Drives while using two cables via Port Multiplier function.

NOTE: In order to enable Port Multiplier function of RSV-S5 and RSV-S8, it can only work in the system with PCIe slot. It can't work with PCI slot.

Packaging

Package Contents
RSV-S8 (Sil3726 chipset)
PCIe x2 slot card (Sil3132R5)
eSATA Cable
AC cable
HDD Screws x 32
Set and installation Driver Disk

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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  • Chad M.
  • 12/24/2014 12:34:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorks for about 1.5 yrs

Pros: When paired with a good ESATA card you can get excellent read and write speeds. I could steadily hit 800Mbps across gigabit ethernet for both read and write.

Cons: I have two of these. Both of them will not operate with all 8 trays populated after about a year and a half of use. I feel like the ESata sockets on the back of the enclosure may be the culprit. After swapping ports several times sometimes it'll work and sometimes it won't. I have both of them attached to a FreeNas PC for my personal file server. 4 2TB HDDs in each of them. I would like to have 16 but alas these enclosures won't do it anymore. I purchased a SATA to ESata expansion slot and will be gutting the internals to attempt isolate it down to the ESata sockets on the enclosure. I have tried every possible HDD configuration, swapped ports, swapped ESata cards, and swapped ESata cables. You'll know when yours is broken because 1 bank will flash off and restart constantly when under load.

Also after about 9 months of use on the first enclosure the fan died. I had to replace it which required some splicing as the fan does not use the standard fan connector (molex 4 pin, or Fan 3 pin).

Other Thoughts: Don't think I'm going to buy another Rosewill enclosure which sucks as both performed well until they started to fail and I don't want to run a bunch of 4 bay enclosures.

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  • kevin l.
  • 3/10/2014 12:49:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRosewill RSV-S8

Pros: Price for 8 bay. will support 3TB drives did not have a 4TB to test.

Cons: Noisy on start up, Supplied Esata card is out dated

Other Thoughts: I use this for a home theater storage and it works fine for this application 5 computers streaming at once without buffering or stuttering

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  • Kirk K.
  • 12/28/2013 7:08:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRAID Card Bad

Pros: Worked for well over 2 years

Cons: Should have worked longer than that. One day the partition table got corrupted and compromised a ton of the data. Out of the blue.

Other Thoughts: The card and software that comes with this is absolutely terrible and should never be used for any important data. It's not real hardware raid. If you want real software raid get something from LSI or something like that. Otherwise stick with software Windows or Linux raid, you'll find it much more reliable.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

We recommend using the RocketRaid 622 as an alternative substitute.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com
Email2: techsupport@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Abbas H.
  • 12/27/2013 9:40:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsOK Unit

Pros: Well built great but motherboard inside is not AMD friendly and speed issue and pc reboot and blue screen of death

if you intel users just get it you wont run into issue as Intel and esta card and software just works even as JBOD

Cons: Wont work propoperly with ADM 64bit Raid and non raid jobd
You will need RR642L card

Other Thoughts: Cons for this unit is
1- Does not work well with AMD system
2- card that come with this unit is BAD
3- buy RR 642L to aviod issue or get
4- SYBA SD-SA2PEX-2E PCI-Express x1 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
5- The hardware motherboard of the unit works very well with Intel system as any Port muliper card will work but AMD with 64bit wont
6- This unit is not made by Sans Digital
7- all Sans Digital unit come with Rocket Raid cards and most of them not very clear
8- This unit is same as Sans Digital unit Rosewill support admited to me

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  • Carl B.
  • 10/9/2013 3:57:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate To My Previous Review

Pros: Upon further investigation, I determined that Rosewill does indeed have a support line for this product, it's: 1-800-575-9885 Option 2. They were very helpful. After speaking with them, they informed me that the card that ships with this device does not have very good performance characteristics and that they recommend using this card instead:
Newegg item number: N82E16816115073
The drivers and software used with this card will be completely different, so please make sure to remove the old ones if you have already installed them. I will post an update after I have setup the device with the new card.

Cons: None. Update to previous review.

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  • Carl B.
  • 10/9/2013 7:39:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsA great concept, but poor execution

Pros: Large drive capacity, low cost, compact form factor

Cons: Stability, multiple times during the installation and setup phase, the device crashed or was no longer detected upon reboot.

Performance, even when I did get it working, the performance was poor, writes were less than 7 MB/S and reads were not much better. This unit was deployed for multimedia storage, but when I attempted playback of a video from the device, it would periodically hiccup as if the data could not be read into the buffer fast enough.

Installation, I attempted to configure 8- 1TB drives in RAID5, but this device would only allow me to create 2 arrays each with 4 drives in RAID 5. Additionally, ones I created the RAID group with the 4 empty drives, the tasks it created never completed they had ETA's of over 30 hours and even when I let them run, they never finished. On the setup and instructions, after reading the 85 page PDF document, I did not see any mention of the constraints that I have run into in the RAID setup section, these should be added, additionally it would make more sense for these sections to go in order of execution, the document as it is currently formatted jumped around too much which will only confuse and frustrate novice users.

Support, I have used Rosewill for various products in the pasts such as RAID cards and KVM's, but I have never attempted to use their support. Unfortunately, they have an email contact only option on their website, I did not see any CALL SUPPORT option which is sub-optimal at best. I did email support, but I have not heard back yet.

I hope that I'm just victim of poor documentation and that there is some key setup step that I'm missing, but I have a feeling that this device may not be the solution that I need and may never meet the performance requirements I expect. I will update this review accordingly if Rosewill gives me assistance and we achieve resolution.

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  • Larry S.
  • 6/30/2013 3:29:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorking well with my built-in motherboard eSATA

Pros: Was packed very well, no damage at all. Was very easy to configure once I discarded the provided eSATA card and used my motherboards built-in eSATA ports, which is a JMicron JMB36X chipset. Cooling seems to be working well, a tad loud but tolerable. Drive trays work well, thanks for the tips from other reviewers.

Cons: As another reviewer stated the provided eSATA card will not work with Gigabyte motherboard, at least not with my GA-890FXA-UD5 board. The card sees two drives then the system completely locks up so hard that I need to power cycle the system twice. I think there some compatibility issue with the SiI 3132 because I have a Rosewill RC-219 card that acts the same way.

Other Thoughts: Still not sure if the drive are spinning down during periods of no use, I Hope they are. Would be nice if it would go to sleep when the PC sleeps.

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  • Chris C.
  • 6/11/2013 11:36:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorks pretty good

Pros: I was looking for a way to save some space and cable clutter and ditch several smaller 4 port external drive bay chassis. Tried this model since it was fairly priced and holds 8 drives, 1 power cable, and 2 eSATA connectors, even came with a 2 port eSATA card. I don't have any issues with drop outs or drives disappearing. Transfer rates seem in line with the varied drives I own and SATA 2 speeds. I usually leave the box on 24x7 and once all drives are recognized, they stay active. No issues with the order of LED's matching up to the right drives (saw one reviewer with that issue).
Airflow seems adequate. Just blew out all the dust and it was everywhere inside (mainly on the side vents) so it seems to be getting good airflow in and thru the box.

Cons: When turning the box I always have issues getting the top 3 drives to be recognized (LED is off). I haven't quite figured out what the issue is but it's always the top 3 and I have to start ejecting the top 4 to get it to work. The first drive on the second set of drives always works but I'm required to to eject it with the rest to get it 'kicked' into gear and recognize all 4. random ejecting and inserting of the top 4 is required and some strange pattern for all 4 to finally be picked up. the last time the box was off it was only the top 2 slots not coming active. drives don't turn on and LED stays off. once again ejecting at least the top 4 drives and reinserting in different orders was required.

Other Thoughts: box works fine once I get all the drives recognized and it only gets powered off maybe once a month or so. Usually can get the drives to work within 10 minutes but last time it took me a good 30 minutes. I'll be on the lookout for another vendor to replace this one.

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  • Ron J.
  • 6/11/2013 2:47:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot so good for Linux

Pros: Nice looking.
Rosewill packs it securely.

Cons: Despite the assertions on the website, the RR622 is *not* supported by recent Linux kernels.
Bought an RC-219 controller, and it to has problems with Linux, taking 4 minutes of resetting and waiting and trying over and over again for the eSATA bus to recognize the drives. And then the first sector of my LVM array was corrupt. Fixed it somehow with debuge2fs.

Other Thoughts: Definitely will be RMAing it and replacing it with a USB3 enclosure..
The tech support phone number which Rosewill gave me regarding the RSV-S8 is for SansDigital, which is no real shock, since it looks a *lot* like the TR8M+B.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you very much for purchasing this unit.
We strive to provide the most reliable and highest quality products to our customers.

If you are not fully satisfied with out product please contact us to better assist you in resolving your problem.

Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,

Rosewill Customer Care

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  • John D.
  • 5/24/2013 3:47:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsyou get what you pay for...

Pros: Looks nice, holds 8 drives, good cooling due to the open mesh door (as opposed to other models with solid doors), kinda works...

Cons: PSU fan started mooing after only a couple months. Did not look into replacing it before giving the unit a quick retirement.

As others have mentioned, this thing drops drives quite often. I had a server running 24/7, and it would randomly drop drives, and even a whole eSATA channel. I ran it in JBOD, flashed to JBOD firmware (card comes with RAID firmware), used the latest drivers, etc. When it starts dropping drives, it can lock up Win7 to the point of total system halt. Sometimes it would take several reboots/power cycles to even see the box at all again.

Often had trouble writing to drives, where bandwidth would slow to a crawl then lock up the system, but reads would be full speed. Changed all cables (got nice short eSATA cables from newegg, as the ones that come with the box are quite long).

Problems most often surfaced when performing more than one file copy between drives in this box, but even a single file copy would cause trouble.

Since I was running JBOD, I tried swapping drives around to different bays, and through the process of elimination, found no pattern to the dropped drives or dropped channels.

Became VERY frustrating and unreliable, so I retired it and went with a more expensive solution - LSI SAS JBOD card and internal drive cages, which has been flawless. Moral of the story, you do it on the cheap, you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: Maybe if you reboot often or don't use the box for long periods of time, it would work fine. Maybe.

I think the problem is not so much with the box, but with the (free) controller. I read reviews of eSATA controllers here on newegg, and it seems people have problems with all of them.

With the trouble I had running this box in JBOD, I can only imagine how much of a nightmare it would have been in RAID, where constant degradation would have probably meant losing the whole RAID.

I'm keeping it for now, and might try it again on a new server that has dual port-multiplied eSATA ports, just to see if the behavior is any different. I can't in good conscience sell this box to anyone, even if I replaced the PSU fan.

YMMV, but be forewarned...

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