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Rosewill RSV-S4-X 4-Bay 3.5” Hot-Swappable SATA to eSATA RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, Spanning and JBOD Enclosure with eSATA RAID Controller Card Bundled

  • Bundle with a PCIe 2 Ports eSATA RAID Controller Card
  • Support SATA I/II/III Hard Drives
  • 4x 3.5" Hot-Swappable Drive Bays
  • Support Latest 4TB SATA Hard Drives, up to 16TB of Total Storages
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Increase the amount of storage in your rack with this RSV-S4-X storage enclosure from Rosewill. The chassis utilizes a special tray in and out design to make drive swaps faster. The enclosure supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 5+spare, spanning and JBOD.

A full 150W 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 at peak levels.

 

  • newegg 4 Hot-swappable 3.5" SATA Drive Trays The Rosewill RSV-S4-X features four 3.5" SATA drive trays supporting both SATA I and SATA II hard drives for superior expandability. All drive trays are hot-swappable for easy installation and replacement without the need to shut down the whole system.
  • newegg Data Protection The Rosewill RSV-S4-X supports multiple RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5, 5+spare, spanning and JBOD to ensure data integrity.
  • newegg eSATA Interface The Rosewill RSV-S4-X features an eSATA interface (via Port Multiplier) for ultra-fast data transfer speeds of up to 3Gbps and plug-and-play connectivity to the host computer.
  • newegg 150W PSU Included The Rosewill RSV-S4-X features a full 150W internal PSU that delivers strong power to all components.

Learn more about the Rosewill RSV-S4-X

Model

Brand
Rosewill
Model
RSV-S4-X

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)

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
4

System Management

OS Supported
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows Server 2003, Win7
Supports MAC and Linux. (Please note that the host adapter card is based on Silicon Image chipset, which currently only support up to MAC OS 10.6.6 by Silicon Image.)

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
150W (115V - 230V Switchable)

General Spec

Dimensions
5.3" x 7.1" x 10.0"
Weight
5.9 lbs.
Features
Chipset: SiliconImage 3726 and Controller Card: Siliconlmage 3132

HDD Trays: 4 Hot-Swappable 3.5"

Maximum Capacity: 16TB (4B per Bay)

Cooling Fan: 3.15" Ball Bearing Fan

Drive Interface: 4 x 3.5" SATA I/ SATA II/SATA III

Accesses four hard drives using only one cable.

Packaging

Package Contents
RSV-S4-X x1
PCIe HDD Controller adapter card x1
Low profile bracket x1
SATA cable x1
Power cable x1
Screw Sets x1

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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  • Matthew T.
  • 2/4/2014 4:20:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThree years of good times.

Pros: Well I got three years and one month of 24x7 activity out of this guy. I used it in a JBOD configuration and had the raiding done by the OS (linux software raid).

Cons: Power supply is dead - as MANY others have noted... I just got a bit more time out of mine.

Other Thoughts: I flip some electrical breakers off to do some electrical work and when I flip them back on the unit stays powered off. No lights, no fans, nothing (although there is a faint clicking noise - but I don't know enough about electronics to say whether or not that's typical). I emailed Rosewill asking where I can buy a replacement PSU and they pointed me to SansDigital product (TR4M Power Supply). At $75 (including shipping) I'm not sure I'll buy a replacement PSU or find another external enclosure.

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  • Todd V.
  • 10/17/2013 2:09:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggswant to love

Pros: Flexibility of configurations between PCI-e card BIOS and software, easy to set up and get running in Windows 7 x 64 WHEN THE SOFTWARE WORKED. Also these cases look sleek and everything fits together well. I have owned two of these units purchased during sales, and they offer a lot in this price point. I initially had my first unit set up with 4x500GB Seagates in fake RAID 1+0 and partitioned with one partition for VMs and one for storage. The storage partition was my destination for automatically downloading software installation files from Filehippo, etc., and the VM partition was extremely fast and saw no lag in running various server OSes and desktop OS test installs over the eSATA connection. This worked extremely well for several months with the right combination of drivers and card BIOS.

Cons: The cons don't really make me give up on this product, because I really want to like it. Some of the issues I'm having I know are because of my configuration, but the support departments at both Rosewill/Newegg and Sans Digital (the actual manufacturer are lacking in their knowledge of the product and in denial of the issues that many other reviewers have run into.

First issue: Power supplies. Both of my units started to develop problems staying on and coming back on within 1-2 years, after warranties had expired, of course. I currently have the only one operational on top of my computer case with Molex connectors from the computer's power supply running to the SATA backplane inside of this unit, just so I can access my data. Both Rosewill and Sans Digital tech support say that the power supply issue is unheard of, and the newer units are bound to be an improvement even if they did have known issues (which they deny). Reviews here make it pretty obvious how common the power supply issues really are.

Second Issue: Staying online. I had these running in Windows 7 x64 for a while, and after the power supply issues, they seemingly also started to develop issues with eSATA dropping volumes. I checked and rechecked all driver, software and BIOS versions, and tried all kinds of combinations that had worked before. As it stays in one spot and never moves, I don't really question stress on the cables, but I ordered a CablesToGo 6' cable just in case, and saw no change. After updating to Windows 8 x64, the problem persists. Again I have tried 2 driver versions, as well as two card BIOS versions, and have had no consistency. What happens is the drives drop randomly after being unused, as I have never had one disconnect as I was accessing it. There is no specified time as to when this happens, and unplugging either and of the eSATA cable and reinserting brings the drive online. I also swapped cards from the other unit, as well as backplanes, with no difference. I also tried electrical contact cleaner and making sure that the cable insertion length is the same on both the factory cable(s) and the one I purchased. The problem is definitely software/driver related. As it is on Windows 8 with a Windows 7 certified driver, Sans Digital said they would test on their setup on Server 2012, and later claimed they have no dropping volumes. Also they have told me that the bundled card with the Sans Digital branded boxes is now a RocketRaid 622 and not a SIL2132, with the RR622 having a Windows 8 certified driver.

Other Thoughts: I have ordered one power supply for a Sans Digital TRM 4 bay tower from their spare parts store, just to see if there is an improvement in later designs. $59 for part number PS-SAN-TR4MPS to repair a box that cost under $100... This was after numerous emails back and forth with Rosewill and Sans Digital describing the failures and doing their suggestions. If the power supply works I may order another, or I may forget about it and manage with NAS devices from now on instead of eSATA, although it was a decent way to get a lot of redundant storage for VMs without needing internal ports. The unreliability of the power supplies I could live with, and run 2 Molex 4 pin connectors from elsewhere as I am now, but the dropping volumes is too much. The cost of a replacement power supply and a bare RR622 card is above what this combo costs... I really wish these were more reliable, I'd love to be able to leave them in service permanently

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 our 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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  • David S.
  • 9/16/2013 12:42:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeen On (And Up) For Almost Two Whole Years

Pros: Simple enclosure design. Can do 12GB (4x3TB). Came with port multiplier card . Fast from: RSV drive 1 to RSV drive 2, drive to PC, drive to USB 3.0.

Cons: Need another one. Supplied eSATA Port Multiplier card will only really work with 1 of these enclosures loaded up. You'll need a second card for a second enclosure.

Other Thoughts: This has been working great. Used it on my primary PC (Win7) since 11/11 (almost 2-years) and it is pretty much always on with a lot of file transfers taking place. I've been using this as storage and local backup and now it is moving to be on an old computer to be a dedicated OpenELEC XBMC server (plugged it in and didn't have to do anything, just worked). It's quiet enough that I can't hear it so that is nice too.

I don't know why other people seem to be having issues with it considering how long mine has been in use.

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  • Colin S.
  • 9/8/2013 3:08:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPatheticly slow

Pros: Functions

Cons: Slow. With drives capable of 150Mbps sustained, in mirrored, stripped, JBOD or RAID 5. With either the eSATA controller that comes with it, or others. Average 1-5Mbps with occasional spikes to 10Mbps. This is has been tried on 3 different systems running a mix of Windows 7, SLES or ESXi.

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 our 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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  • mark k.
  • 8/5/2013 9:22:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSemi-Useful

Pros: Decent price. Sets up and installs fairly easily in Win7 x64.

Cons: This worked very well until I added two more drives for a second mirrored RAID. The second array becomes flagged as corrupt every time Win7 reboots or restarts. The software then goes into a 10-14 hour restore redundancy process. During the process the array is useless due to the transfer speed being so slow.

According to tech support this is supposedly a known problem. A suggested solution was to disable check pointing. The manual states that doing this will increase restore time, so I am not sure that it is the thing to do.

Other Thoughts: The marathon rebuild sessions cannot be doing my disk drive life any good. I am going to see about getting a different controller card, since the box itself seems to work fairly well (although without a port multiplier the box is just a big single drive enclosure).

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 our 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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  • Frederick H.
  • 7/16/2013 8:56:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked great (JBOD) while it lasted

Pros: Worked well for a couple years.

Cons: Won't power on now. Looks like it's a PSU failure as others have found.

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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  • bartola o.
  • 6/16/2013 9:23:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgood(?)

Pros: It works as advertised, that is until it died. Luckily, I didn't use raid on it or the array would have gone down and my data would've been lost.

Cons: I'm kind of disappointed, the unit died 13 months after I bought it so no warranty.

Other Thoughts: Not going to bother taking in for repair, it's just not worth it, instead, I'll go look for another brand that can offer a little more warranty.

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  • JONATHAN K.
  • 5/1/2013 8:11:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks with Ubuntu 10.04

Pros: Installation was quick and simple. Installed the card, drives, hooked up the cables, etc. Turned it on and all the drives were recognized.

Cons: If you're looking for hot-swap, this isn't it (see other thoughts below). IMO, no need for the blue LEDs in the fan. Also, only 1 cooling fan.

Other Thoughts: I bought this specifically to use as an external backup device for my Ubuntu 10.04 file server. I installed 4 2TB drives and Ubuntu didn't seem to have any problems recognizing the drives. Within a few minutes I had my software-based RAID 5 up and running. I also tried stopping the array and turning off the device, then turning it back on. Ubuntu re-recognized the drives (after several minutes) and I was able to re-start the array. This effectively means that I can replace a faulty drive without having to bring down the server. A reasonable compromise for the lack of hot-swap capability.

I did not utilize the card-based RAID functions -- only software raid (mdadm). Maybe they work, maybe they don't.

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  • Michael C.
  • 4/29/2013 9:04:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointed Rosewill

Pros: Update to my previous review: Unit worked ok after replacing cooling fan, until secondary issue.

Cons: The cooling fan stopped working after a week and the unit overheated. Lights on the fan worked but the motor would not start. Replaced the fan with one that worked much better. Also the RAID controller is faulty and only starts up with the computer after restarting multiple times.

Other Thoughts: My advise is set up your RAID in a Computer.... Not an external enclosure, if at all possible. Haven't found a good replacement.

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.

Please kindly contact the Rosewill support team
Phone: 1- 800-575-9885
Email: rma@rosewill.com

So we may assist you with (in-warranty) replacement.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,
Rosewill Customer Care

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  • Marshall F.
  • 4/16/2013 4:52:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPotentially Catastrophic

Pros: Slick little box and not too bad for pushing drives into back plane. Mine runs cool with 3 drives in it.

Cons: But cool doesn't cut it when you have a striped drive drop out and get orphaned. Not sure if card or box - so gave 3 eggs because it is really a set (card and box). Good thing I hadn't tranferred much data yet. It was 2 500G drives striped and 1T drive as passthru as a backup mirror (robocopy nitely script). Maybe the controller with Marvell chip was a better choice?

Other Thoughts: Currently trying the same drives striped with Win2008R2 in 'disk management' instead of SATARAID5 software. I'll see if it fails around the same time or space. Still not a lot of confidence, though.

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