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Item#: N82E16816142003

Raidon 4 Bay eSATA, USB 2.0, FireWire External Hard Drive Enclosure With Built-in SATA RAID 5 GR5630-4S-WBS2

  • SATA II
  • 4 3.5" Drive Bays
  • RAID 5
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Learn more about the Raidon GR5630-4S-WBS2

Model

Brand
Raidon
Model
GR5630-4S-WBS2

General Spec

Drive
SATA 3Gb/s
External I/O
Firewire 800 + eSATA + USB 2.0
RAID Levels
RAID 5

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
4

System Management

OS Supported
Windows, Linux and Mac OS

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
General Input 100V~240V 200 watts

General Spec

Features
Support RAID 5 to have fault tolerance meaning one hard drive may fail without data loss
Hot Swappable Tray Module for Easy Installation
Start Auto-rebuilding without any command
Notify HD Failure, Over Heat and Fan Failure through LED or LCD

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


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  • Daniel C.
  • 2/3/2012 2:22:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Reliable Raidbox

Pros: The raid box is a solid little box. The hardware seems pretty well built.

Cons: A few times it threw up some strange warnings (not raid warnings) which went away after a reboot.

All LED screen controlled. I would love a nice GUI management suite. This was as advertised though.

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  • Phil H.
  • 1/17/2012 2:13:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFailure

Pros: Relatively cheap for a 5 port raid with connections.

Cons: Didn't handle sleep mode correctly on multiple controllers.

Woke up to the 'HALTED-RAID Failed', oddly none of the disks appear to be messed up, all the smart statuses are ok, but the controller won't let me do anything.

Tech support offered no help, wouldn't even help tell me how the raid is configured in hopes of restoring.

Luckily RecalcMe Raid managed to find it, it uses a 1 sector stripe which is really tiny for a RAID5 solution, and why almost no recovery software could see it.

Other Thoughts: Save yourself the trouble and use a reliable RAID card or software, because whats the use of RAID if when it fails you can't fix it.

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  • Stephen B.
  • 10/5/2011 6:14:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsYou'd think it'd work with 32bit OS

Pros: None
I bet it works fine on OSs it works on.

Cons: Would not acknowledge itself on either of my 2 Win7 (32bit) pro test computers before I delivered to my customer's XP 32bit unit. Called Tech support (after I found them, Google search, and they answered quickly & after ~8 hours emailed me this
"I have spoken to our IT person and have ran a few tests ourselves.

We are unable to view the GR5630-WBS2 with any of the Windows 7 32 bit or XP 32 bit.

Our testing station is a Windows XP 32bit and it does not read the GR3630-WBS2 with any of the ports.

The notebook I am using has Windows 7 64bit installed and it reads the USB port.

By upgrading to 64bit for both XP and Win 7 will work for the GR5630-WBS2.

I apologize for our data not stating that important information."

Other Thoughts: Upgrade from 32 to 64 bit? That'd be a trick I would like to use.

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  • charles g.
  • 9/30/2011 4:30:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsvery pleased

Pros: I really NEVER do reviews, but for this I'll make an exception. Got for work, stuffed it with 3TB drives, so 8TB available. Went together no problem, had no problem with the screws unlike one of the reviewers. Did have to get the right sized screwdriver. I agree the enclosed CD is very misleading / useless, and the mfr website not helpful either. Sure is cute, thinking of one for home.

Cons: up and running in no time

Other Thoughts: documentation and enclosed CD very sub-satisfactory

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  • William F.
  • 9/2/2011 9:33:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFor technical users only

Pros: Easy to setup once you figure out what to do, there is almost no documentation.

Cons: 1. The disk doesn't contain anything that applies to this device, ignore it.
2. There is no software setup user manual either provided or on their web site.
3. The mounting screws mostly have bad threads. You get a pack of 12 plus the 8 that are removed from the carriers in order to mount the drives. From the 20 you might get 8 good screws, see "Other thoughts".

My recommended instructions start here and continue in "Other thoughts" due to the size limitations of each text box.

1. The screws that have to be removed are so over-torqued that they are extremely difficult to get out and many of them will be ruined in the process.

2. They provide an extra packet of screws, most of which have bad threads. Go to an electronics store and buy some 6-32 "flat countersunk) head screws about 3/8" long.

3. Be sure to firmly press the drive carrier all the way in, it wants to stop about 1/2" out from where it was empty.

4. After mounting all the drives, plug in the USB or Firewire

Other Thoughts: 5. Plug in the power cable.

6. Turn it on.

7. The disk system must be initialized. For Windows 7 this is done in Administrative Tools / Computer Management / Disk Management.

8. Right click on the disk in the bottom pane (the system appears as a single disk) and choose initialize.

9. Then right click on it again and create a simple volume.

10. Choose GUID and give it a drive letter, I chose B for backup. Choose whatever letter you like from the available list.

11. Go to Computer where it will appear as a new drive, B in my case.

12. Right click on the drive and format it. I chose quick format as I had fully formatted the drives before installing them in the case.

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  • Michael B.
  • 7/31/2011 10:40:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGot 2 of these for work

Pros: Auto RAID 5 initialization. Only one volume appears in the disk utility (Mac OS X) so that keeps things simple. Appears to be the same manufacturer of the GSpeed series cases so I took a chance on these. They handle 2 and 3 TB drives no problem. Documentation says 2 TB max, they do 3 as well.

Main use: Mass Storage of High Definition AVID DNxHD MXF files. This RAID is also able to stream 1080p uncompressed without choking. (tested on short clips)

Cons: Absurd fan button allows drives to get warm enough to set off temperature alarm. Leave the fan on high, the pulsating "low" mode is no bueno. That is the missing egg.

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  • Ben H.
  • 6/28/2011 5:25:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRAID for a great price

Pros: Price

Cons: eSATA port too shallow

Other Thoughts: Great price, almost 4.5 TB all said and done for $450 with the combo deal and sale on 1.5 TB drives. I'm connecting with Firewire to a Mac and moving well over 1GB/sec... thought I saw someone else say that was the limit. I won't use this with my laptop, and that's a good thing because the eSATA port in the Raidon is not deep enough and the cable just hangs doesn't fit slug. You could just tap it out of the port. Maybe my device is faulty, but definately something to ask about if that's the port you plan to use.

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  • George T.
  • 5/19/2011 6:52:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood bang for the Buck $

Pros: Easy to install HD's
Simple to setup
Ready to go in an evening
Good use of 2TB drives. 4X2=5.5TB in Raid 5

Cons: Documentation is next to useless. Could not tell what was wrong when one bad HD showed up as a purple indication.

Other Thoughts: Did not realize that the onboard Raid 5 rendered the entire device as a single drive to Win7. Will use as archive for photos and HD video projects.

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  • Jeffrey B.
  • 11/19/2010 8:38:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRockin

Pros: - Solid construction
- Easy setup
- Decent price
- Audible and visual alerts
- Tons of connectivity

Cons: Could be slightly cheaper and support other raid modes, however I was only interested in Raid 5.

Other Thoughts: I originally installed my drives and attached to my iMac. Freaked out when it repeatedly froze up my Finder. However, after some research it appeared my old drives had issues with their DS_Store. A quick terminal fix and it was up and running. Definitely would recommend fresh drives if you can swing it.

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  • Bobby S.
  • 10/19/2010 4:15:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost Perfect

Pros: Slim - nice looking
Quick set up

Cons: The only CON I have for this item (cost it one egg) is it's relatively noisy. When the fan is set on low speed I can hear an oscillating noise that can be quite annoying if the unit is set on your computer desk top. When the fan is set at high speed, it is significantly louder but he oscillation noise goes away.

Other Thoughts: Besides my one con (noise) this device is perfect for what I need it for. I use it to store home video and pictures ... for pictures I use the Google Picasa online backup. For videos, I keep a spare unedited version of the video DVD. You can never be too careful with personal digital media files. Once you lose them you lose your life's memory that was captured digitally.

4x2TB HD's can be purchased at about $100 each. So about 6TB of usable space for about $750 is relatively cheap!!!

Keep in mind that RAID 5 is quite slow to write. 50GB transferred via Firewire800 takes about 50min, or 1GB per minute.

Overall ----I really like the product and was able to get rid of three other external hard drives and just use this one.

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