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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.

Highlights

Enclosure
  • 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
 

Features

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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.


Satisfaction

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.

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Learn more about the CineRAID SYSTEMS CR-H212

Model

Brand
CineRAID
Model
CR-H212

General Spec

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

Expansion

2.5" Drive Bays
2

System Management

OS Supported
Mac OS X, Linux and Windows compatible

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
Bus Powered via USB

General Spec

Dimensions
6" x 3 3/8" x 1 1/8"
Weight
8 oz. Enclosure Only
Features
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

Packaging

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

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the CineRAID SYSTEMS CR-H212

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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.

JUNK.

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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  • Sine-wave
  • 5/6/2014 11:15:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood Concept, poor quality

Pros: Great feature set with RAID 0/1 and USB 3.0.

Cons: Poor build quality. The idea of using a mini usb as a connector was a -1 for me, especially since the usb connector on the logic board broke when trying to insert the tiny mini-usb connector

Other Thoughts: The micro-usb and power cables have flimsy connection to the logic board. the mini-usb port broke clean off the logic board when connecting the cable the other day.

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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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  • tom 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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