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CineRAID CR-H212 RAID 0/1/JBOD/Normal USB 3.0 Dual 2.5" Bay Silent Hand Held RAID Enclosure

  • 2.5" SATA - HDD/SSD
  • 6Gb/s (Backwards Compatible to 3Gb/s)
  • Hot swappable disks
  • RAID 0/1/JBOD/Normal
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CineRAID CR-H212 RAID 0, 1, JBOD, and Normal - USB 3.0 - Dual 2.5in. Bay - Silent Hand Held RAID Enclosure

The super-quiet and stylish CR-H212 offers maximum storage in minimum space. This compact enclosure provides content creators a high-performance, dual bay RAID solution for every type of digital asset. It is Mac OS X, Linux and Windows compatible. And the internal RAID controller supports RAID 0, 1, JBOD and Normal Mode for maximum performance and data security.


  • Bus Powered - No AC Adapter needed
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (Backwards Compatible to USB 2.0/1.0)
  • Optimized for Audio/Video Applications
  • Built-In RAID - supports RAID 0, 1, JBOD and Normal Mode
  • Storage capacities up to 2TB
  • Industrial aluminum design
  • Cool Blue Individual Drive Activity indicator LED
  • Mac® OS X, Linux and Windows® compatible



Easy RAID Setup

The CineRAID Home CR-H212 features three RAID modes with an easy dip-switch RAID setup for customizable speed and protection levels. RAID 0 offers large capacity and highest speeds by stripping both drives together, but no protection. RAID 1 offers full data protection by mirroring both hot-swappable disks for non stop data access or to use a mirrored drive as a backup. JBOD offers one large capacity of both drives. Normal mode is also an option for individual drive (pass-through) detection.

Home and Office

This enclosure is suitable for every home or office professional dealing with data archiving, backup and audio/video post-production with SD and HD environments.

Versatile and Robust

Designed with a sturdy compact aluminum body, the CR-H212 is not only portable but definitely built to last as well. The USB 3.0 host connectivity allows users to effortlessly move data between stations and backwards compatible to USB 2.0 environments.


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 expectations. We stand by our customers with a team of experienced storage professionals committed to find and solve any issues if needed.


What's in the box



Learn more about the CineRAID SYSTEMS CR-H212



General Spec

SATA 6Gb/s
External I/O
USB 3.0
RAID Levels
RAID 0/1/JBOD/Normal


2.5" Drive Bays

System Management

OS Supported
Mac OS X, Linux and Windows compatible

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
Bus Powered via USB

General Spec

6" x 3 3/8" x 1 1/8"
8 oz. Enclosure Only

6Gb/s (Backwards Compatible to 3Gb/s)

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (Backwards Compatible to USB 2.0)

Capacity: Up to 2 TB

Optimized for Audio/Video Applications

Industrial aluminum design

Cool Blue Individual Drive Activity indicator LED.


Package Contents
1 x H212 Enclosure
1 x USB 3.0 Cable
1 x USB Power cable
1 x User manual
8 x HDD Screws

Quick Info


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

Customer Reviews of the CineRAID SYSTEMS CR-H212

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  • MARTY O.
  • 4/11/2014 7:49:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsProduct not as advertised!!

Pros: Nice looking drive, easy to configure hardware (case opens easily and hard drives *could* be easily installed)

Cons: Does not support SAS as it says in the specs here on NewEgg!!! The reason we bought this is because Newegg says it supports "SAS & SATA", but it does NOT support SAS. Also, it says on the first page of the manual "Requirements:...Drive type: SATA I or II". Where did they come up with thinking it supports SAS?

Other Thoughts: This looks like a great way to create an external RAID drive, but DON'T buy it because you think it supports SAS disks!!

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  • John L.
  • 4/5/2014 9:21:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Well built. Easy setup. Tried both raid 0 and 1 and use type one to have a usb drive with good performance and built in backup. Much better build quality than some external drives I have tried. No big complaints

Cons: No egg deduction here, but it uses two usb ports. It is in the description but It is the only mild irritation I have

Other Thoughts: It is a niche product and it works well. Well built enough to buy without the multiple drive options. I just like it.

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  • Alfredo J.
  • 3/14/2014 10:03:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice enclosure for the price

Pros: - Works well and give a nice speed bump in RAID 0.
- Relatively inexpensive
- The only Dual 2.5 in drive I could find. There are some 4 bay 2.5" drive enclosures by Drobo and Pegasus but they cost between $300 - $400 (but they do offer greater capacity and possibly redundancy/protection).
- Small enough to take with you on the go.

Cons: - The cheap plastic latch that locks the enclosure closed broke with in a month of ownership. Still it manages to stay closed, I will eventually add some duck tape to make sure it doesn't open during transport.

- Documentation is not the best, but get the job done.

- I'm confused as to the exact specs. The documentation and what's listed on newegg differ a bit. Not Sure if it's SATS II (3GB/s) or SATA III (6GB/s).

Documentation says up to 6TB of total Storage (3TB x 2) online description says 2TB (1TB x 2). Probably because there aren't any 3TB 2.5" laptop HDD available.

Other Thoughts: So far happy with the CinaRAID CR-H212. I'm planing to get another down the road.

Would be nice to pait this enclosure with two Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSDs, But that would be an expensive proposition at the moment at nearly 1K for the SSDs.

CyrstalDiskMark showed that in raid 0 it is more than twice as fast as my fingle drive 1TB USB 3.0 drive from WD. I can't complain as it make transfering files much much faster.

Running raid 0 I have no protection so I back up this drive with my WD single 1TB USB 3.0 drive for added protection.

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  • thomas z.
  • 2/6/2014 7:37:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat electronics, cheap connector

Pros: Inexpensive
Versatile (RAID or JOBD or two disks)
USB 3 speed

Cons: The usb3 cable falls out
It is tricky getting the disks on the SATA

Other Thoughts: I've had one for a little while and the first thing you need to do is carefully squeeze or expand the USB3 connector on the drive to where it is snug since I was getting disconnects and other problems until I insured the plug would NOT be loose. Then it worked fine.

Also it can be tricky to get the drives all the way onto the SATA connector.

I also have the bigger brother for 3.5" drives and it works well too, but that has a bigger connector and more secure disk mounts.

I'm planning on going to raid-1 as part of my "backup" strategy, but I have several disks around, and this is like having two docks, but with USB3 speeds. I'm also using this (and its bigger brother) to condense my media and file collection, and the USB3 speeds help (I have one of those foxconn book PCs with USB3 on the front - slow CPU, but fast IO).

These work well because they can change as your needs change. Copy out two old drives, do add-on capacity, raid0 some slower drivers, raid1 for reliability.

Now if they would only get a decent USB3 connector and cable...

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  • Erich B.
  • 2/2/2014 9:40:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far a solid performer

Pros: Built in RAID 0/1. Does a decent job of transferring data.
I haven't tried benchmarking this device yet since it's just a toy for me right now but I store a bunch of virtual machines on it and I can run several of them at a time and it performs well.

Cons: The sleds where you put the drives are a little wide horizontally and a little tight vertically. This means that you can feel the plastic distorting as you tighten the screws to mount the drives and you can feel the SATA connectors bend when you inset the drives. As a result, I would guess that this enclosure is not going to be good for anyone who will be swapping a lot of drives in and out of it. The wear is likely to build up on the device fast.

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  • Travis B.
  • 1/9/2014 1:52:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExactly what I've been wanting

Pros: 1. RAID
2. RAID!
3. Bus powered ... no power supply needed (not on my Macs, anyway.)
4. Extremely simple setup.
5. Quality materials, fit, and finish.
6. USB 3
7. The price is very inexpensive, IMO.

Cons: I'm really trying to come up with something here ... but so far it's been perfect, and I can't think of anything that I wish was different.

Other Thoughts: I have been waning a RAID enclosure for 2 2.5" drives for a year or more, but held off until I saw that the USB 3 version of this enclosure had hit the market.

For my needs, I use RAID 1 (Mirroring) to safeguard irreplaceable data. Sure, you can drop the thing while it's running and trash both drives, but that's life ... be careful not to do that. I also back everything up to a RAID 1 NAS, so this is bonus protection for me.

After setting the two switches for RAID 1, OS X Disk Manager saw it as a single 1TB drive, which I then partitioned and encrypted with TrueCrypt. All without a hitch, and it's been working just fine since then. (Granted, less than a week, but if I have any issues I will update this review.)

I very highly recommend this product if you're on the market for a 2.5" RAID housing.

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  • Barry R.
  • 9/27/2013 6:41:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMade Well but Not 6Gbs Sata III

Pros: This unit is made very well. It is simple to install and windows 7 sees it as a SATA interface. The advantage of this is since it is not just seen as a USB drive you can use it as a boot drive. If you use the stripping option with two 3gb drives you will be able to max out on the 5gbs USB interface,

Cons: While the specs say 6gbs interface to the drives the reality is it is a Sata II interface which is a 3Gbs interface, Limits 2.5 inch drives to a 9.5mm height. That eliminates the larger 2tb drives.

Other Thoughts: This is good if you have some unused 500gb to 1tb drives laying around. If you have these than you only have to buy this adapter. But if you have to buy drives you will find that you can buy a single USB drive cheaper.

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  • Robert B.
  • 9/27/2013 12:23:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Everything works as it is supposed to, I purchased two of these enclosures the last time they were on sale. For those of you having problems with them not working correctly, the problem is probably due to you using Western Digital drives, they design their drives to purposely not work in raid set ups because they want you to spend hundreds of dollars on their enterprise drives. There was so much complaining from enthusiasts like you and me who build their own systems that they finally developed a modestly priced drive called the WD Red that is meant for NAS and raid setups. As of now they do not have any 2.5" drive that will work in a raid set up. I had a different 2.5" raid enclosure that when I first set it up I only had two different drives so I configured it as non raid, I think CinRaid calls it Big but I believe the correct term is JOBD. The drives I used were a Samsung 1TB and a 500GB WD Black. Well every few minutes the raid would fall off line and I would have to unplug it and then re attach it to the usb for it to work again. After this happened for a while I did some Google searches to see if I could find out what was wrong and found several articles that all stated the same thing, if you want to build a relatively cheap raid do not buy WD drives because they by design will not work in a raid. I purchased an additional 1TB Samsung drive and have never had an issue since, I believe that every other brand will work in a raid but not WD. After my previous enclosures power connector failed I bought the two CineRaid enclosures and have not had any difficulties. For me a very big PRO is they did not use the micro B USB3 connector. I have not owned one device that uses this connector that I have not had connectivity issues. The type of connector for me is the deciding factor if I will purchase a USB 3 device or not. If it has any other type connector then I buy it but not if it uses the micro B USB 3 connector.

Cons: No eSATA port, it is not really a con but as a note to CineRaid. I would pay more for the same enclosure if you also included an eSATA port.

Other Thoughts: do not hesitate to buy if you want a compact fast enclosure. I use mine for my Steam account, I now have 166 games and have used up 733GBs of space. Not too long from now I will need more than 1TB. I use an external drive for Steam so I can use it with my Gaming Desktop as well as my Laptop without using up all the storage space on the laptop just for a duplicate Steam. For those wondering how I did this I Do a regular Steam install on the different systems so Steam is registered in the Windows registry but I do not use the Steam on the C drive. When I plug in the external drive I launch Steam from a shortcut I put in the drives root directory. I simply open the drive in Explorer and click on the short cut pointing to the Steam.exe that is on the external drive. The only draw back is you need to disable the Steam Guard that checks if the system is a trusted system. If you do not then every time you log into Steam you have to activate the system each time.

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  • Paul D.
  • 8/19/2013 9:36:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks good in Raid0

Pros: Works well in raid0 on USB 3.0. Extremely easy to setup; I'm going to buy a couple of 2TB drives and stripe them.

Cons: In normal mode it would disconnect and reconnect every couple of minutes on USB 3.0. On USB 2.0 no problems :/
Put it in raid0 and it worked flawlessly on USB 3.0

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5 out of 5 eggsReally Amaze

Pros: This enclosure is quite good. THe versatility of having a external RAID with 2.5 disk is really useful. I set up a RAID 0 with two 500 GB HDD. Getting Write Read speeds of 100MB/sec and 140MB/sec on USB 3.0

Cons: would be great if it have a eSata port.

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