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

  • USB Bus Powered - No AC Adapter needed
  • USB 3.0 (Backwards Compatible to USB 2.0/1.0)
  • Built-In RAID - support RAID 0, 1, JBOD and Normal Mode
  • Mac OS X, Linux and Windows compatible
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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
USB 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 support RAID 0, 1, JBOD and Normal Mode
Designed for 2.5" SATA HDD or SSD up to 9.5mm in height
Storage capacities up to 2TB* (2x 1TB HDD in RAID 0)
Industrial aluminum design
Cool Blue Individual Drive Activity indicator LED
Mac OS X, Linux and Windows compatible


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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  • GREG A.
  • 5/12/2015 10:28:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPiece of Junk

Pros: none

Cons: terrible quality ..... avoid at all costs ....

Other Thoughts: returning this junk to newegg

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  • David S.
  • 5/4/2015 2:50:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuggy, no support

Pros: Metal construction, small formfactor

Cons: Spontaneously disconnects on both my machines (Win7, on USB3). I've only tested it with one disk in it; given the problem with it, I would not attempt to use the RAID features advertised. I contacted the company twice with no response. This item is essentially useless.

Other Thoughts: Originally the rebate for this item was not honored; after some time I was able to get a store credit for the rebate amount instead. I wouldn't have bought this item were it not for the rebate, and now I wish I didn't buy it at all.

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  • Roy M.
  • 1/27/2015 12:13:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood idea but poor Design

Pros: Allows multiple disks to be used RAID.

Cons: Used with two 840 Pro SSDs RAID 0. Started copying files USB 3.0 at 250 MB/s but quickly slowed down to 35 MB/s. Might be good for smaller files but the sustained speeds of the RAID are not very impressive.

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  • Jonathan G.
  • 12/26/2014 8:53:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked once and not again

Pros: Overall design is ok, it feels a little cheap, but then again it is a cheap enclosure.
The idea is great, wanted a portal RAID 1 using 2.5" disk to make TimeMachine backups on my MacBook Pro.

Cons: Worked one time and then not again. I know the drives are good because I can plug them into another enclosure and they work fine.

Drives spin up and the lights come on but something in the controller must have died because I can't see anything is being attached in the OS.

Other Thoughts: I have an open support case with CineRAID, it's the holidays so I don't expect a fast reply. If the support is any good I'll update with 2 or 3 stars depending...

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  • Jonathan R.
  • 12/10/2014 5:29:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat portable RAID-1 enclosure

Pros: - Does RAID-1 in a portable package (I couldn't care less about RAID-0 or JBOD);
- Fits 2x 2.5" drives in an enclosure slightly bigger than those hosting single drives;
- Nice price;
- Runs well, never had any issue with the hardware;
- Did I mention you get to have RAID-1 on the go?!?

Cons: - Flimsy USB connector (but never had trouble until recently)
- Holds together with a tiny plastic latch, which after a while gets loose so you have to tighten it from time to time; I would have preferred it used screws instead.
- Watch that inner tray! Once you unlatch the side cover, if you tilt the enclosure the inner tray will slide out faster than you can say "Oops!"

Other Thoughts: First, some disclosures:
- Never used anything else but RAID-1 on it
- Never tried USB 3.0
- Never bothered benchmarking the device
- I have owned the enclosure for just a hair over one year (which was bought on the December 1st, 2013).

Current use:
I use it with a pair of 500GB, 7K RPM Travelstars (in RAID-1) to store everything I have, ranging from the unimportant stuff like my music collection, some ripped DVDs (the kind you can re-watch again and again), setup files and disc images, to what's really essential to me like programming & webdev projects, graphic work and all my documents. Essentially, it means I could wipe my laptop's hard drive and all I would lose are the installed applications' settings.
That also means I been using it at least 5 days a week for the past year, most of the time connecting & disconnecting it twice a day, if not more.

Reason for purchase:
At the time I bought it, I was copying the content of my (previous) 500GB drive to a second one, the latter to be used as a full backup I would keep in a safe and sync to the primary one from time to time (once every fortnight or every month). Whatever happened, once completed the primary one started showing bad blocks, and while telling myself "Hell, there's no way I'm going to loose all this" (well, the unimportant stuff) I ordered the enclosure with the two Travelstars. I had been looking for a 2.5-inch RAID-1 enclosure for many, many years (as far back as 2004) and was glad I had found one, though I wasn't sure I could really depend on it. Needless to say, I haven't been deceived yet.

On that USB connector:
I noticed from the start the connectors looked a bit loose, as in there was too much play for my taste for both the power and USB connectors (coming from a Macally enclosure). Still, moving around either one of them never translated into a emergency spin down (power) or dismount/remount (USB). But yesterday, I noticed for the first time my disk remounting itself at random times. I still have to check if changing the USB cable alone will suffice to fix that, but in any case, if I have to change the enclosure I've been more than satisfied by it, even if lasting a single year. Still, I wish Macally would make a sturdy, 2.5" RAID-1 enclosure themselves.

On my backup strategy (for those interested):
So, all this needs to be backed up, even if it's running on a RAID-1 array. The most important stuff, accounting for about 35GB and that changes often (but in small amounts), is continuously backed up through CrashPlan on the cloud and to two "friend" locations (same city though) on UPS-backed computers with also RAID-1 arrays. In addition, the same stuff gets rsync-ed 4 times/day to another computer, also with a RAID-1 array (over the web). For the remaining stuff (~390GB), from time to time I sync the whole array to another 500GB I keep in a fire-safe, since either it rarely gets updated (music, movies, etc.) or is disposable anyway (setup files, disc images,

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  • Bryan S.
  • 11/27/2014 12:47:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks in Windows and Linux

Pros: JBOD and RAID-1 (I don't bother with RAID-0)
Works in Windows and Linux
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and falls back to USB 2.0
Nice, separate 2nd port to use another +5V Power Option

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I'm using dual-2TB Samsung 2.5"x9.5mm drives in RAID-1 as my backup solution for Windows and Linux. I created a 128GiB FAT32 partition for shared Windows/Linux and the rest Ext4 for Linux. The drives themselves use about 0.7A/3.5W, so I need 7W which most notebooks do just fine with dual-USB ports. There is a 2nd power connection on the device which is a nice touch as any +5V will work.

The problem today is too many people are using NAND SSD devices that require 2A+ on +5V, so with 2 of them, that's 20W, and you're just not going to find that in via dual USB ports. You're going to have to use something other than a typical USB, like dual 2.1-2.4A ports, in addition to the data.

Honestly, don't use NAND SSD devices unless you stop to take the time to check the power requirements and know how to add them together and figure out a way to power the device. Despite common assumption, NAND SSD devices use 2-3x as much power as 2.5" platter drives today.

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  • 10/1/2014 4:59:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRuined one of my SSDs

Pros: Nothing that would make up for ruining one of my SSDs.

Cons: I'm out one 256GB SSD.

Other Thoughts: I installed two 256GB SSDs in it and tried the Normal mode. No problems, I was able to read/write from/to both drives.

Switched over to RAID0, reformatted, tried to copy a file to it, got partway into the copy and it froze up. Upon disconnection I removed the two 256GB SSDs and found that now only one could be recognized. Tried them in several other PCs and confirmed that only one of the two SSDs still works. The other is a brick.

Needless to say I will be requesting a refund, *and* never buying another CineRAID product.

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  • Patrick S.
  • 9/19/2014 10:41:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsForget it

Pros: Did not catch fire.

Cons: Put two disks in and you get to use only one, because all operations fail on the upper tray. The lower bay functions, but the upper tray doesn't. So you can forget RAID0, RAID1, JBOD. You can format the disk in the lower tray and use it by itself. That's it.

Oh, you want to use Windows mirroring to overcome this disaster? Forget that too. Windows doesn't support dynamic disks over USB 3.0, so there is no way out of this one.


Other Thoughts: It's a shame, because this one looked promising. I gave this one start because newegg won't let me submit zero stars.

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  • Daniel K.
  • 7/4/2014 9:35:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood for 2.5" RAID 0/1, but NOT 6gb/sec (and not SAS)-;~

Pros: DUAL 2.5" SATA drives, Aluminum body, sale price + rebate, EXCEEDS 2 TB.

Cons: NOT for SAS drives, CHEAP plastic ends/latch, NOT 6 gb/sec.

Other Thoughts: The CineRAID CR-H212 will NOT work w/ SAS drives, and IS NOT SATA III, as confirmed by both the manufacturer's website and the owner's manual.

SoOo ... having put those drives/plans aside, I picked off a pair of WD Scorpio Black 750GB SATA II drives, which should make this enclosure plenty fast in RAID 0 for way over a terabyte of non-critical files. And w/ the flip of a dip switch* I can have the higher security that RAID 1 provides, which is the best use I can see for this enclosure ... when recovering files for others, or in those situations that you have no other backup, this thing could be a real lifesaver.

* WARNING: All data is lost when reconfiguring RAID!

The cheesy looking plastic end caps have weak latches that could easily be broken, so be cautious and gentle when opening/closing. Also, the tray can glide right out the back w/ unexpected speed when it's unlocked, w/ or w/o your drive(s). Hold, or place, the enclosure flat when making internal changes.

Although not what I'd expected, or for use as intended? I can easily see that this will come in really handy ... first time it prevents me from losing anything irreplaceable, it will have easily paid for itself tenfold.

3.5" RAID enclosures are plentiful, and the drives are much cheaper than comparabl 2.5"drives, and you can always place smaller drives into adapters, unless you really want/need the smaller physical size this provides ... if that's true in your case? There ain't a lot of other choices out there.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/23/2014 12:06:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very nice piece of kit. Allowed me to install an SSD in my laptop without sacrificing the optical drive.

Cons: Old-school DIP switches might be difficult for some to operate.
Can be difficult to add or remove drives from inside the enclosure - the drives require screws to secure them to the frame, and there's minimal clearance when removing or installing a drive into the frame. A gentle, yet firm hand will help.

Other Thoughts: While this isn't the most compact external enclosure on the market, being able to carry up to an extra 2 terabytes with you makes this one of the most useful.
The secondary power connector may not be necessary if you're using only one drive in the enclosure; remember USB 3 offers 900 milliamps, or .9 amps at 5 volts.
Device was difficult to open initially. After getting it open a few times, the mechanism works much better.

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