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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




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


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

Dimensions & Weight

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

Package Contents

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
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • John M.
  • 3/3/2016 7:18:15 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat little JBOD box for the money

Pros: I use this box to back up my files under Linux - primarily Debian-based flavors. My machines (Thinkpad X230 and ThinkCentre m93p tiny) recognize the chipset well, and don't have any problems reading drives--unlike many other USB 3 enclosures. The chipset manufacturer here is Prolific Technologies, rather than JMicron or RAIDON, which seems to make a difference. USB 3 is enough of a crapshoot to get working--you have to have compatible chipsets on both ends, have good-quality cables, have enough power, etc.--that when it works correctly, it's worth pointing out.

This being said, I don't mess with any of the RAID options: I just do JBOD. With an enclosure of this cost and computing power, I feel way more comfortable doing software RAID 1 on my disks, letting the operating system handle the brunt of the work. I'm also not tied to specific hardware this way: I can use any old SATA-to-USB adapter, plug in my disk, boot up any machine to a live CD, and access my data. Having seen enough enterprise-grade RAID controllers go bad at work, I'd rather not add any more complexity than I have to at the hardware end of things. I don't have 24-hour-a-day, guaranteed 4-hour response at home like I do there, either.

Cons: Be careful about power requirements with this enclosure. You'll almost surely need to plug the power cable into a dedicated USB power adapter rather than your laptop or desktop. Pretty simple math, really: I'm running two 7200 RPM drives, each of which requires 800 mA at 5 volts. You'll see the highest current draw at spin-up, which means that you really do need all that power to get things started.

Your typical laptop/desktop USB port can only source 500 mA. So in my case, if I plug the data cable into my laptop, I still need to get 1.1 A from another source. Quite a few wall adapters, powered USB hubs (doesn't have to be USB 3 for power, remember), and UPSes can source > 1A current. In my case, I just use a powered USB 2.0 hub and I'm good to go.

Something else to watch out for: careful how you set your DIP switches when setting up the enclosure. The last thing you want is to blow away existing data because you accidentally set your JBOD to RAID 0 or RAID 1. So if you have existing data in a RAID 1 configuration, start with a degraded array of one drive, make sure things work, then add your second drive.

This advice holds for _any_ enclosure: don't trust it until you've tested it!

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  • Lee L.
  • 9/19/2015 11:18:52 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot a reliable backup

Pros: Unit worked fine for a year.

Cons: Unit recently stopped working. Both lights just stay lit, but computer won't recognize any drives anymore. We saved years worth of family pictures on this raid thinking we had a good backup. Very disappointed.

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  • Bryan S.
  • 7/11/2015 5:52:04 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPortable RAID-1 (but know your amps!)

Pros: - Build in JBOD, Spanning, RAID-0 and RAID-1 (only RAID-1 tested)
- RAID-1 tested as "one drive" (internal redundancy), no issues
- OS agnostic, personally tested with both Fedora and Ubuntu x86-64 Linux
- Two (2) USB connectors, 2nd for additional power
- Powers typical 5400rpm platter drives at +5V@0.5A/each just fine using both power

Cons: - No management software
- Power limited due to USB-based power, even with 2nd connection
- Have tested putting the 2nd power connector on a +5V@2.4A, not but sure it's receiving all amps
- This means you're taking a risk 7200rpm+ platter drives that require >>0.5A
- Will most definitely have issues high capacity NAND SSD (high DRAM capacity) will most likely *NOT* work

Other Thoughts: I have two (2) of these, one in my luggage, one at home. I use it to backup my desktop and portable, so I always have a copy on me. I use Linux almost exclusively, and it works flawlessly in both Fedora and Ubuntu. I just use dump, tar and rsync. It partitions like any other drive, and the RAID-1 results in the same capacity as a single drive.

I did not test JBOD mode, but that should show 2 drives. Spanning or RAID-0 will, of course, give you one big disk. I have only been using RAID-1 since purchasing.

Regarding the 2nd USB power connector and NAND SSD devices ...

There's not a day that goes by when I have to educate people that modern, high capacity NAND SSD drives with lots of DRAM are now using *FAR MORE* power than 2.5" platter drives. USB connections are only good for 0.5A to maybe 1A max. This enclosure offers 2 connections, so if you use both, you should get a minimum of 1A (2x0.5A) and possibly closer to 2A.

You *MUST* use *BOTH* connectors if you populate it with two (2) platter drives.

But this also means it should work flawlessly for 2.5" 5400rpm platter drives that typically draw 0.5A. For 2.5" 7200rpm platter drives which typically draw 0.7A, things might get tighter, and one might want to invest in an external charger that can provide +5V@2-2.4A for the 2nd connector.

If you are going to look to NAND SSD, really understand these devices are now drawing >2A (EACH!) because of the sheer DRAM buffer being put in them. They are drawing far, far more than a typical 2.5" drive platter these days.

Yes, the common assumption that NAND SSD drives use less power than platter drives is *WRONG* when it comes to 2.5". That's because of the massive amounts of DRAM in typical NAND SSD drives today for buffer (because NAND writes are significantly slower than reads, long story).

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  • Thomas M.
  • 6/22/2015 4:53:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCineCrap

Pros: sounded like a great product. external RAID device optimized for video transfer blah blah blah.

Cons: almost no supporting documents. no info on drivers. no meaningful online support documents/drivers/etc.

Other Thoughts: did finally get this thing recognized by a windows 7 (home) machine. my windows 7 (pro) machine has not and still will not recognize it as being present even in disk management. oh -- and be prepared to initialize, format and etc several times without any apparent purpose.

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  • Dima T.
  • 6/15/2015 2:49:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHardware RAID, compact, metal

Pros: - low price
- futures, hardware RAID 0,1, JBOD
- design (disassembled, no quality issues)
- older SSD chipsets perfect match
- external power adapter included (more in cons)

Cons: - will not perform well without power adapter
- USB connector should of been bigger
- although compact, its all wasted if you power adapter is used

Other Thoughts: No issues JBOD, OS X soft RAID 250 MB/s with nMP

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  • GREG A.
  • 5/12/2015 10:28:58 AM
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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