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IVIEW HFR2-SU3 RAID 0/1/3/5/10, JBOD, CLONE, Normal 4 3.5" Drive Bays USB 3.0 / eSATA 4-Bay HDD RAID Enclosure

  • SATA 3Gb/s
  • 4 3.5" Drive Bays
  • RAID 0/1/3/5/10, JBOD, CLONE, Normal
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This 4-bay RAID enclosure is a great choice to expand your home or SOHO storage with uncompromised performance at an unbeatable price. It supports different RAID modes so you have the flexibility to choose from speed, security and the combination of both. Dual external connectors, including SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and eSATA, enable bottleneck-free data transfer while hot-swap removable HDD trays allow easy driver installation/uninstallation.

  • newegg Dual Connectors SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connector and eSATA connector offer flexible connectivity to various equipment. The latest USB 3.0 technology delivers up to 5Gbps bandwidth and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 specification. (When using eSATA connection, eSATA host controller on the computers must be Port Multiplier (PM) capable. Otherwise, only a single drive will be presented (HDD 1). No such limitation by USB connection. When connecting eSATA and USB3.0 to the PC at the same time, eSATA connectivity will be prioritized.)
  • newegg RAID Support Powered by RAID JMB393 chip, the IVIEW HFR2-SU3 supports RAID 0/1/3/5, JBOD, CLONE and Normal mode for maximum performance and data integrity.
  • newegg Excellent Reliability Sturdy aluminum construction confidently protects your drives and valuable data, and delivers better heat dissipation. A built-in fan with speed control knob enables balanced cooling performance and noise level.

Learn more about the iVIEW HFR2-SU3

Model

Brand
IVIEW
Model
HFR2-SU3

General Spec

Drive
SATA 3Gb/s
External I/O
USB 3.0 / eSATA
RAID Levels
RAID 0/1/3/5/10, JBOD, CLONE, Normal

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
4

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
AC 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz
DC 12V / 4A

General Spec

Dimensions
170 x 234 x 150 mm
Features
Main Chipset: RAID JMB393, USB 3.0 JMS539

Supports HDD Capacity 12TB (based on 64bit Vista platform)

Supports Port Multiplier function

Hot-swap removable design for removable HDD Tray

One e-SATA connector to chain 4 SATA hard drives.

Cooling feature: Aluminum case and cooling fan

Fan speed tunable with a rotational switch

Back panel: Fan speed controller, RAID switch, Power ON/OFF switch.

*HDD capacity supports up to 3TB in GPT format, W7/Vista, Linux, MAC
Windows XP can't support 3TB HDD

Packaging

Package Contents
4 bay iView Enclosure Unit
DC Power Adapter
e-SATA Cable
USB 3.0 cable
Screw pack
User manual

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Richard C.
  • 2/8/2014 10:59:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisavowed by iView

Pros: Looks nice...

Cons: Loud, frequent disc drop-outs, dismal USB3 speed, and highly unreliable JBOD (Big) performance. Worst of all, iView stopped all support for this device BEFORE the warranty ended.

Other Thoughts: I contacted iView just before my warranty ended last, and was told that iView no longer supported the device (at all). So, even though I had a non-functional device that was still under warranty, the iView tech basically said there was NOTHING he could do for me. WOW!!! If you search iView's site, there is NO mention of this product EVER existing ... anywhere. How's that for a reputable company??? Never again will I even consider an iView product ... EVER!!!

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  • Stephen R.
  • 9/21/2013 8:41:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 of 3 dead after 6 months

Pros: Cheap, good JBOD performance, built-in RAID controller. Arrays are compatible/transferrable to the many enclosures/controllers with a similar JMicron chipset.

Cons: Bulky, non-stackable, fan-on-top design.

Very poor RAID performance -- JBOD mode is about as fast as a single drive, but RAID0 is slightly slower (should be faster!), RAID1 a bit worse, and RAID5 is awful, about 1/2 (read) to 1/3 (write) the speed of JBOD.

Unreliable! I've had 3 of these running 24/7 less than a year. The first went dead after about 3 months, the second after 6 months. Both are under warranty, but why risk the drives in a replacement?

Other Thoughts: At least the enclosures did not kill the drives when they failed. I was able to move the drives to TR4UTBPN enclosures and be up and running again immediately. (Those don't have the best reliability reviews either, but they're cheap and stackable, and I've had good luck with them.)

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  • Jamieson S.
  • 9/4/2013 10:01:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice enclosure

Pros: I picked up a pair of these during what I believe was a close-out deal. The enclosure is mostly brushed aluminum with plastic accents. Structurally it seems fairly solid. It's very easy to install drives and to configure the mode. The eSata connection makes transfers speedy. The cooling fan is reasonably quiet.

Cons: The plastic drive brackets that you attach to each hard drive are secured with 2 screws (one on each side of the drive.) This allows the bracket to pivot a bit in relation to the drive... but it doesn't cause a problem when inserting the drives in the case.

Other Thoughts: So far, I've only run the enclosure in JBOD mode (2x1TB and 2x80GB) via eSata cable. The connection was easy and runs fast. Large transfers average between 60 to 100 MB/sec. On sale I picked these up for less than $40 each... an incredible bargain.

The only disappointment was with NewEgg's new shipping options. The free shipping option (that used to be UPS and took about 2 to 3 days) took about 7 or 8 days via the unholy FedEx -> US Post Office alliance. In the past, FedEx in my area has proven to be unreliable and consumer unfriendly... at least this time the packages got to the proper destination.

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  • Robbin N.
  • 7/22/2013 10:47:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsConcerned But Bought It Anyway

Pros: Cheap, I mean seriously cheap, thirty samolians off with a coupon made this a thirty five buck purchase. Easy setup, fan cooling.

Cons: None... yet. I will report back on any issues.

Other Thoughts: Bought this to move 4 x 1 TB drives out of my server in preparation for 4 x 4 TB array I'll be setting up in their place. given the other reviews of this item I was a bit worried about it. It took 20 minutes or so to disconnect the drives from my server (they were mounted in an AMS 4 in 3 module) and mount them in the iView. Connected up via USB, the disks are in normal configuration, not interested in the RAID or eSATA which I think is where other users have been having issues. So essentially to me this is just a 4 bay external drive housing. Anyway switched it on, computer IDed the drives, changed drive letters manually and my backup software (fbackup) is unaware of any changes! Did a backup run, no problems. If any arise I'll report them.

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  • Lyle B.
  • 3/30/2013 7:42:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDissapointing purchase

Pros: Looks good, comes with everything you need, easy to set up, price, sturdy

Cons: Fan is the loudedst thing in the room and can't be turned off.
2 of us bought this same unit for use with our iMacs. Configured as JBOD. Both of them eject discs randomly on their own, often happens when machine is coming out of Sleep mode but not always, sometimes discs are just ejected for no apparent reason whether in use or not

Other Thoughts: Very unreliable and a hugely dissapointing purchase.

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  • Jean W.
  • 3/4/2013 8:15:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInstall

Pros: Very easy to install,just make sure you pick Raid format or use the USB like I did because I'm using a laptop.

Cons: The hardest part were finding screws for my HD.I took a old PC and used the screws from that PC in order to mount the drives.

Other Thoughts: I also wanted to add that I was able to share one of my drives on a network for other users / friends so they can download programs from my divice wireless.

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  • Collin W.
  • 12/2/2012 11:22:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSlow Slow transfer

Pros: Shiny lights and easy setup.
Also the screws are actually included in the box you just have to dig for them.

Cons: Mine really must be defective. I' hae mine set with 4 x 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 drives in a RAID5 and after testing on 2 different machines using both E-SATA and USB3.0 (to a USB3.0 port) my maximum transfer speed has been 12MB/s with a average transfer of 9MB/s (E-SATA) and 6MB/s USB3.0 since as the other reviewer mentions it struggles with smaller files on USB3.0

Honestly I'm going to have to return this enclosure and get a different one considering how horrible it's RAID controller is acting. I might give this company a second shot but if that one doesn't work then sorry JMICRON but your hardware is as advanced as your software and your website

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  • Korey R.
  • 11/28/2012 4:51:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsA solid love-hate relationship

Pros: 4-bay storage
LEDs bright, clear, and nicely designed
controllable 80mm fan
eSata and USB3 (backward compatible with USB2)
RAID
Quiet on lowest and highest settings

Cons: eSata Multiplexing host-controller dependent
RAID handled by hardware dip-switches

Other Thoughts: I don't have a USB3 controller on my motherboard and my eSata controller doesn't support multiplexing, so I can't do anything over eSata--I'm left to using this as a giant, but functional, USB2.0 enclosure. I run the device primarily as a JBOD storage volume for all the drives that don't fit inside my current case. As a result, i can't test any meaningful speeds (and I know that's important for some people). For me, it's not.

Unfortunately, I can't quite get the drive to recognize all of my drives if plugged into bays 1,2, and 3. Instead, I have them in 1,2, and 4, and it works as it should. I can't knock eggs down for something which very well might be my aging hardware, and I can't verify this until I do a rebuild later this year.

Also, I can't get the "power synching" function to work. Essentially the drive cuts power to the drives if it it loses connection to the USB (as in, either you unplug it or the computer turns off its USB ports). My mobo doesn't do that in sleep or power-off, so this 4-bay enclosure would stay powered on 24\7 if I didn't flick it off.

I want to replace the fan with an LED version, but I can't quite tell if it's a 10mm or 15mm fan--definitely not the 25mm fan depth of a standard case fan. A project for another day.

The fan is pretty quiet. On the lowest setting, you can't even tell it's there. On the highest, it's noticeable, but out powered by my case fans and definitely by my stock CPU cooler. It still manages to move quite a bit of air.

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  • Nathan H.
  • 11/28/2012 11:14:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy RAID setup

Pros: Includes USB3 and e-Sata cables. Small compact size. Adjustable fan speed for quiet operation. Easy setup. Came with screws for HDD installation. Supports 3TB drives.

Cons: Drives can be 'locked' in place without actually being connected to the back plane. I had the unit on my lap and was dropping the drive straight down with no resistance, had to push the drive down at the back so it would slot in. If you stand the unit up, it they seem to track in better. Sort of a con, you have to set dip switch settings for RAID configuration type, and then match that in the software; could be a problem it you miss that, but it was very clear in the manual.

Other Thoughts: Installed 4 WD 3TB red drives. Set dip switches to RAID5. Connected E-Sata. Turned on. Installed software from CD. Ran software, and set the raid configuration to RAID5 and selected all 4 disks. In Win7 disk management I created a new simple volume GPT partition with 64K allocation unit size (unit holding large backup files 1GB - 4GB in size). Did a quick format. Done. Took 5 minutes total from power up. Transfer speeds

To RAID5 volume 8GB file: 40MB/s.
(Not bad for RAID5 Parity overhead)

From RAID5 volume with (different) 8 GB files: 130MB/s.

Very happy with purchase for Black Friday price!

Don't forget, noise and heat will be dependant on the drives you buy!! Red drives are cool and quiet and built for raid!

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  • Andrew P.
  • 11/23/2012 1:36:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLooks great, does squat

Pros: Looks great, has USB 3.

Cons: Fan is way louder than my SansDigital TR4M-BP. But that wouldn't have bothered me if either Normal or JBOD mode had worked on eSATA. Additionally, only one drive (out of 4) was recognized using USB 3.0. Don't waste your time with this one, buy something with better reviews.

Other Thoughts: I'm very upset that I've lost $10 on return shipping.

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