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areca ARC-5040-U3 RAID level 0, 1, 10, 1E, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD 8 3.5" Drive Bays eSATA/USB3.0/Firewire800/iSCSI/AoE/USB2.0 Hi-Speed USB 3.0 eSATA Firewire 800 iSCSI RAID Sub-System

  • SATA 3Gb/s
  • 8 3.5" Drive Bays
  • RAID level 0, 1, 10, 1E, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD
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Learn more about the Areca ARC-5040-U3

Model

Brand
areca
Model
ARC-5040-U3

General Spec

Drive
SATA 3Gb/s
External I/O
eSATA/USB3.0/Firewire800/iSCSI/AoE/USB2.0
RAID Levels
RAID level 0, 1, 10, 1E, 3, 5, 6, Single Disk or JBOD

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
8

General Spec

Features
400MHz storage I/O processor
NVRAM for events log & transaction log
128MB on-board cache memory
Write-through or write-back cache support
Redundant flash image for subsystem availability
Multiple RAID selection
Online array roaming
Offline RAID set
Online RAID level/stripe size migration
Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously
Online dynamic volume set capacity expansion
Instant availability and background initialization
Automatic insertion/removal detection and rebuild
Greater than 2TB per volume set
Support SMART, NCQ, and OOB staggered spin-up capable drives

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Konstantin I.
  • 8/2/2012 3:47:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat device

Pros: Does work well, fast and quiet, small footprint, has all functions I need.

Cons: No real cons. The manual could be extended with addition topics, but this is not a con due to Internet.

Other Thoughts: After a few days of research I found that Areca 5040 can be both a NAS, and a workstation disk extension. I also needed to store/run lots of VMs for development purposes. I bought 4 2TB WD-FAEX disks with it, put them in RAID5 (resulting in 5.5TB), and successfully configured several computers for automatic backup to the NAS. I connected Areca to the main development workstation via ESATA, and am using it for running VMs. Network backups are performed via shared drive, and I'm not sure if this is right way (or only possible way). Anyway very happy with this device. It is small, quiet, has a great value for me, very fast. Sustained write speed is 85-90MB/s, read - about 100MB/s. Several VMs are currently running simultaneosly from the disk, and they are all fast.

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  • Andrei K.
  • 5/24/2012 9:34:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFirmware 1.50 with verification scheduler released

Pros: Firmware 1.50 with verification scheduler released as promised

Cons: none

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  • Andrei K.
  • 10/22/2011 7:56:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInstalled three more

Pros: Update for my review from 6/28/2011.
Installed 3 more, they work without any problems as the first 2.

Cons: Still no new firmware with verification scheduling, have to initiate it manually.

Other Thoughts: "Just what the doctor ordered"- highly recommended.
If you use all 8 slots for RAID, and disk fails, rebuild will not start after you insert new disk. You have to assign it to "Hot Spare", rebuild will start immediately after that.

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  • Andrei K.
  • 6/28/2011 2:42:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent so far

Pros: High quality, 3 year warranty, responsive tech support.
Firmware update for 3TB drives (Hitachi 0S03230 3TB 5400 RPM tested).

Cons: No scheduling for array consistency check, manufacturer promised to include this feature in the next firmware update.

Other Thoughts: Running two boxes in RAID6 configuration connected to WIN2K3 production server, network shared 500GB partition mirrored in WIN2K3, rest of the space on both boxes used for server and network backup.
USB3 works with NEC chipset controller, does not work with RENESAS chipset.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/4/2010 6:02:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Design

Pros: Great form factor and overall look. Very easy to change settings through any computer on the network. Easy install and understandable manual.

Cons: The only thing I can think of is to maybe boost the CPU/RAM

Other Thoughts: Very good product. Recommended!

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