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CineRAID CR-H458 Hardware RAID 0, 1, 10, 3 and RAID 5, support 4 x 3.5" Hot Swappable Drive Bays USB 3.0 eSATA RAID SubSystem

  • SATA
  • 4 3.5" Drive Bays
  • RAID 0, 1. 10, 3 and RAID 5
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CineRAID CR-H458 Hardware RAID 0, 1, 10, 3 and RAID 5
Supports Four 3.5in. Hot Swappable Drive Bays - USB 3.0 - eSATA - RAID SubSystem

The quiet and stylish CR-H458 features an internal RAID controller, solid, all-aluminum enclosure with four hot-swappable hard disk drive modules and tool-less snap-in HDD installation. This compact enclosure provides content creators a high-performance, dual-interface, 4-bay RAID solution for every type of digital asset.

The internal RAID controller supports RAID 0 for maximum performance or RAID 5 for data protection. RAID configuration is accomplished through a simple Mac, Linux or PC application. CR-H458 small footprint and portability make it perfect for laptop applications where high capacity and RAID protection is important. The high performance Dual interface features an eSATA, and USB 3.0 port.

Highlights

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  • High-speed, low-cost RAID featuring an internal RAID controller with USB 3.0 and eSATA interface
  • Supports multi-stream SD and compressed HD work flows
  • Internal RAID controller support RAID 0, 1, 10, 3 and RAID 5
  • Supports SATA HDD/SSD drives up to 4TB, with total storage capacities up to 16TB!
  • RAID level selection through a simple dip-switch or GUI software for Mac, Linux and PC
  • Auto-rebuild in RAID 5 mode
  • Cool Unique industrial design, compact steel enclosure
  • Mac® OS X, Linux and Windows® compatible
  • Standard One year factory warranty
 

Features

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Easy RAID Setup / Management

The CineRAID Home H458 comes with an easy dip-switch RAID setup for customizable speed and protection levels. Or you can also setup the RAID through our intuitive GUI software that allows users to create, setup and monitor RAID status within seconds. Whenever, there is a driver failure, users will be notified immediately. The hot-swappable feature allows users to replace the indicated fail drive and begin the rebuild process swiftly with the least amount of user intervention.


Home and Office Applications

This enclosure is suitable for home and small office environment where documents and media libraries often require on the fly backup and protection. The friendly USB 3.0 and eSATA interface allows users to easily move data between stations.


Satisfaction is Our First Priority

Our 30-day money back guarantee gives our customers peace of mind in the rare case that our products do not meet their satisfaction. Each unit is built with our commitment on delivering a product that exceeds our customer's expecations. We stand by our customers with a team of experienced storage professionals committed to find and solve any issues if needed.


 
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Learn more about the CineRAID SYSTEMS CR-H458

Model

Brand
CineRAID
Series
Home
Model
CR-H458

General Spec

Drive
SATA
External I/O
USB 3.0
eSATA
RAID Levels
RAID 0, 1. 10, 3 and RAID 5

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
4

System Management

OS Supported
Windows 7 / 2000 / XP / Server 2003, 32-bit and 64-bit
Mac OSX 10.6 or later
Linux 32-bit / 64-bit

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
Input: 110V - 230V
Output: +12V 6.0A

General Spec

Dimensions
9.0" x 6.5" x 6.5"
Features
Light weight aluminum Housing
Tool less HDD Trays
Ultra quiet cooling fan
High-speed, low-cost RAID featuring an internal RAID controller with USB 3 and e-SATA interface
Supports multi-stream SD and compressed HD work flows
Auto-rebuild in RAID 5 mode
Unique industrial design, compact steel enclosure

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the CineRAID SYSTEMS CR-H458

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  • Paul V.
  • 4/12/2014 1:24:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking Great after 18 Months

Pros: I own two of these units. The first one purchased 18 months ago and the second unit purchased 12 months ago. The first unit is configured in RAID 5 with four 3TB drives (Seagate ST3000DM001) and has 6TB of data. The second unit is configured in JBOD with two 4TB drives (Seagate ST4000DM000) and one 1TB drive (Samsung HD103S) and has about the same amount of data stored on it. Both units have been up 24/7 since shortly after purchase. Both units are connected via USB3 with read speeds at about 140MB/s on Windows 8.1. Originally deployed on Windows 7 performance has improved after the upgrade to Windows 8. Under windows 7 could never get the USB3 interface to work properly. I experienced dropouts and slow read speeds on Windows 7 when using USB3 and I eventually gave up and fell back to eSATA. To be fair USB3 support in Windows 7 is not very good and was probably most of the problem. I have had no problems setting up the email notification using stunnel and my Gmail account.

The RAID software manager that comes with the unit is functional but very Chinese/Taiwanese in design/workflow and could be laid out better with a modern windows interface. One of the things you should set is the RAID standby timer to its max of 10922 minutes. Also in windows disable any power savings for the USB controllers.

Cons: The RAID software manager is not very intuitive. The RAID stand By timer will kick in so make sure you set it or you will have lag as it comes back up or you may loose it from your system altogether. Vendor should give this unit a little TLC and fix-up the software and firmware.

Other Thoughts: Its a good unit and has been reliable for me.

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  • Jeffrey T.
  • 4/9/2014 8:07:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTerrible Support

Pros: • Hardware RAID
• Sturdy metal case
• eSATA and USB 3.0

Cons: • Underpowered.
A 5amp power adapter seem insufficient for 4 hard drives.
• Bad performance.
I own 2 and have tried RAID 5 and 10. Once the array gets over 50% full the performance drops dramatically. I've seen write speeds as low as 500 KB/sec
• Terrible Customer Service
About 1 month before the warranty expired on one of my units, the device stopped being recognized from USB or eSATA. Tried with multiple machines and none will recognize it. Tried different drives, no drives, nothing. Dead. Customer service emailed me an RMA form and told me to send it back with a copy of my receipt and UPC. I replied with what they asked and I received a response that were processing my claim. After a week of nothing I emailed about the status and after several days I received no response. I sent another email about the status and again got no response. This continued until the warranty expired and I still have never received a response after nearly a dozen emails.

Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor and go with a more reputable brand.

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  • Alex L.
  • 3/15/2014 10:21:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot very useful for backups

Pros: Well, at first it seems to do what it claims to do, setup a RAID with multiple hard drives.

The design is really nice and sturdy.

Cons: I purchased this along with four 3TB drives to get an external RAID backup storage going. When I first set everything up, I chose RAID 5, connected it to my Linux server, mounted it and formatted it to EXT4. I then started to write files to it. After it would write about 200 or so MB, it would disconnect from the computer. The process would repeat each time, after just a few hundred MB.

So, I switch it to RAID 1. That seemed to solve the issue, it was no longer dismounting after just a little writing. It continued to work very well for a couple of weeks, then I started to receive the same issue as before, after writing a bit of data to it, it will dismount, forcing me to remount it.

I have not rebuild the RAID with a drive plugged in, but I have read from other reviews that it will cause it to erase all data on the drives to reubild the RAID array. So, I reached out to the CineRAID company via a contact email listed on their website asking if this is the case, I have not received any response (original email sent 37 days ago).

All in all, I would say don't waste your money, as it appears the device doesn't work well and they will not respond to emails.

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  • Jason I.
  • 2/14/2014 3:11:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: None

Cons: Power supply failed after 14 months. By month 15, my life was gone. Where is my data?

Other Thoughts: Do yourself a favor, and stay away from a RAID. Get 4 separate disks, and 4 more for backups. At least that way, you know where your stuff is, and can replace the defective disk without issue. With a RAID, when something goes wrong, your life is gone.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 1/20/2014 9:13:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked for me!

Pros: I decided to buy this to use with FreeNAS at home through my ESX homelab. I've had this running for a little over 11 months now using a ZFS filesystem and I felt compelled to come and give it a good review after it just did it's job for the first time.

I had bought 4x500GB drives and had set this up in a Raid 5. I come downstairs 3-4 days ago and found that the first bay showed a red light which caught my eye. I had that sinking feeling in my chest - the kind you only get when you are not doing proper backups and you are another drive failure away from losing all your data...

I tried removing the bad drive from the bay and adding it back in.. didn't work - still a red light. So, I hotswapped the spare unpartitioned 500GB drive I had laying around for such an occasion.. it then started to replicate the data to the new drive from the data/parody of the other drives. Two hours later, my drive bay shows a blue light again and I can breathe easy.. and do a backup.

Moral - even if you buy this.. have scheduled backups!

Cons: (1) I've had a few occasions where the raid device just freezes on me and I had to power cycle it.. happens about once every 1 to 2 months. Never had any other problems than that. To my FreeNAS VM, it looks as if the drive simple disconnected itself.

(2) I remember when it arrived, it has skuff marks on the front plate. Completely cosmetic though, it worked fine.

Other Thoughts: (1) Documentation is a bit lacking. I tried to find some kind of guide online or in the manual for the exact steps to take when a drive fails, but there is nothing to be found on it. But you just need to add a partitioned drive of the same size or larger. It can be hot-swapped.

(2) Runs quiet to my ears. I sit about 2 feet from it.

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  • Jason I.
  • 1/12/2014 10:33:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdated review after 14 months of ownership

Pros: Solid, quality construction. Easy to set up. Hot swappable drives. Auto rebuild in RAID 5 that actually works.

Cons: 2 recent issues have lowered my initial review from 5 to 4 eggs.

The power supply went out after 14 months of ownership. Tech support is very slow to respond. They did get me an RMA form, but I'm out of warranty by 2 months. I bought a universal 12v, 5.3a power supply, and it works fine now.

The email notifications do not work. I recently had a Seagate Barracuda 3TB hard drive fail, and I never received any notification in my email. I verified with Comcast that I had the correct SMTP address, and correct port. I also verified that my username and password were correct, and tried sending a test email. Never received it.

Other Thoughts: Can't beat this for the price and quality. You'd swear it was made in America. My RAID fully rebuilt in about 15 hours with no errors. All is well, and my precious data is all safe. Money WELL spent.

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  • Gabriel A.
  • 12/19/2013 5:43:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNOT Compatible With Windows 8.1

Pros: Worked great on Windows 7 and 8

Somewhat inexpensive

Cons: I've been using my CR-H458 for well over a year now over the USB 3.0 interface and I've been more or less happy with it but the recent Windows 8 to 8.1 update broke compatibility and I can no longer use this. I tried the usual tricks to get it to work again on my now Windows 8.1 home server box but to no avail. I have not gotten and reply from the manufacturer yet as to offer some kind of a work around. I've got several other USB 3.0 external HDDs and USB sticks that work fine on 8.1 but not this.

Other Thoughts: Spend a little extra on a product whose manufacturer will stand behind it's product

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  • Julian S.
  • 10/30/2013 11:49:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCineRAID CR-H458

Pros: Easy Setup for installation of the drives, as well as for setting up RAID 5. Have 4 Seagate 2TB drives installed. Specs on Hard Drives are Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DM001).

Very quiet operation. Access speed seems reasonable. Multi PC's streaming HD videos from CineRAID and no issues.

Cons: Notification via email does not seem to work. Would like more documentation so that I can get it working.

Other Thoughts: Overall very pleased. Would recommend.

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  • David T.
  • 10/20/2013 5:00:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSomewhat Useful

Pros: Holds four 3TB drives. Drives install very easily with no tools. Sets up quickly and easily in various modes when properly powered (see below) with little skill required. Tech support is friendly, easily accessible, and helpful. Functions well with a Western Digital Live media player to make a gigantic portable HD video library. Very quiet and cool.

Cons: There is no internal support for SATA3, SATA2 only. This ought not to matter for transferring data via USB 3, but rebuilding a 3TB drive, which relies in internal data movement, may take close to 12 hours. I went out during the process. I don't even know the exact time required. There is no support for 4TB drives, the maximum is 3TB. There is no support for capacity expansion. If you are running RAID5, which is striping with distributed parity, and you want to add a 4th drive to increase the capacity, you have to save the data elsewhere, install the drive, then reformat the whole thing and restore the data, which takes a long time for 12TB of data. The included software is of little or no use when the blue lights turn red and the data has become scrambled.

Other Thoughts: This unit ships with a 1.5 amp wall wart power supply. This PS is not up to the task of powering three or four 1.5 amp drives, not to mention the actual unit. The blinking on and off of the machine that resulted caused the RAID 5 configuration to be scrambled, requiring reformatting the machine. I don't know how it worked long enough to put the data on there. Fortunately, this was not a problem; I had copies elsewhere The company is sending me another (1.5 amp) power supply, which they claim will work under these conditions. I suppose it would if you only ran the unit with one drive installed. In the mean time, I just went and bought a 10 amp power supply elsewhere. I will probably give up on RAID 5 and switch to JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Drives) which will give me 12 TB (rather than 9 TB) under one drive letter and only use one scarce USB 3 port, as hard drives rarely fail and the RAID 5 configuration has become scrambled twice in a few weeks and appears to be sensitive to power fluctuations. This reduces the usefulness of the unit somewhat.

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  • William J.
  • 10/5/2013 8:40:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent array, poor linux support

Pros: Seems to work fine once configured.

Cons: Weak linux support. It comes with a linux directory on the cdrom and according to the directions, I just have to run the setup program. The problem is that there is no setup program. I had to copy the linux files to my hard drive, change the binary to be executable, then install the ia32-libs because the binary is only 32-bit, only then could I run it. This is ridiculously complicated for any product that claims to have linux support.

The dip switches to set it to the raid level do not seem to have any effect. I set them to raid level 5 and if they worked, there would be no need for a software setup program. Under linux when the dip switches are set to raid 5 initially, the drives on the raid array show up individually until the software setup tool is run.

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