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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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  • Nitin D.
  • 7/18/2014 8:04:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUsing for 1.5 yrs

Pros: I have been using these for more then 1.5 yrs now. Set up 2 1TB drives in RAID 1 mode. I occasionally take full backup of my machine onto CineRaid. Overall I am quite happy with the purchase as these are well built, 4 bays are more than enough, USB 3 support.

Cons: None

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  • William C.
  • 6/18/2014 5:54:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsJBOD no Sleep

Pros: Good Construction. Cheapest of the bunch.

Cons: Barebone for JBOD use. External PSU. LED somewhat confusing.

Other Thoughts: (Nothing here about RAID)

Really wanted my drives to spin down, but no sleep in JBOD mode. USB connection works fine, eSata connection requires Port Multiplier support (JBOD) so most likely a PCIe eSata controller required.

LOOKS and FEEL: Heavy duty metal casing one don't see anymore. The trays are not backlit as they seem from pictures, they just have this iridescent blue paint on them. I was afraid the plastic front would look sheesy but no, it's fine. There are no locking knobs or keys for the trays so place it beyond the reach of your toddlers. Software is pretty basic, manual mentions Windows ME (what?)

Took a chance with the open box, got everything. Came with a 5 amp PSU. With 2 drives (Seagate M0001 2TB) I measured spin up takes 4 amp(!) So if you have all 4 bays occupied, a spiffier PSU maybe in order. Idle power with 2 drives measured at 14 watts. Fan is somewhat noisier than I like. with ambient at 40 db, fans up that to 48 db at 1 meter. The fan sucks front and exhaust back, otherwise there are no other air vents. Comes with 4 nice brushed chrome feet, but u may not see them if mounted low.

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  • Alexander G.
  • 6/4/2014 5:08:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAVOID

Pros: Construction, promise to work well.

Cons: Missing accessory pack, took manufacturer 2 weeks to get one to me.

Used 4x 1TB WD Black drives in RAID 5. These drives are NOT on the approved vendor list, however worked perfectly. Got 100mb/s R/W and was happy.

Upgraded with 4x 3TB Seagate Enterprise Drives in RAID 5, these drives ARE ON the approved vendor list and were previously on a Adaptec 6405 RAID setup and got 300/300mb/s R/W. In the CineRAID box these Seagate drives were stuck in 7mb/s write for some reason, REGARDLESS of mode (single, JBOD, RAID, etc). After 2 weeks of e-mails with the manufacturer they couldn't help me. How can this product work fine with drives NOT on the approved list but not work with drives that are guaranteed to work? There is a serious hardware/firmware compatibility issue with this product.

After a month NewEgg was willing to return the item, thankfully.

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  • ROBERT B.
  • 5/26/2014 12:02:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2 Year Review

Pros: It has been 2 years now since I bought this device. I have not had one problem with it at all; NONE! Still very quiet, with no failures. I have since added 2 more drives for a total of four 1 TB drives in a RAID 5 setup. It continues to perform flawlessly. I'm still using the same Seagate Constellation TB drives as well. See My other review from 5/3/2012.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This unit has only a SATA internal drive interface. Maybe a newer version of this model would support SATA II or III, or even SSD's. I haven't been to manufacturer's web site since I bought this one.

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  • Arshad M.
  • 4/30/2014 9:48:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNon Existent Customer Support

Pros: -H/W Raid does not require external eSata port multiplier
-Tool less HDD bays

Cons: I had one HDD fail in RAID 5 setup using 4 x 2TB HDD.
The rebuild did not restore the data correctly os I reformatted all the drives and reset RAID on enclosure as per documentation. Now Drives are not recognized either on Windows 7 PC or Synology NAS.
I send several emails to Customer support but no response.

Other Thoughts: I won't risk my data with this piece of junk. Its way overpriced and customer service is non existent. I would go for reputable brands like Rosewill, Sans Digital etc. I would staying away from CineRaid brand.

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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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