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CineRAID CR-H252B Dual 3.5 Bay Quiet USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure (No Drives)

  • SATA
  • 2 3.5" Drive Bays
  • RAID 0/1, JBOD
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CineRAID CR-H252B Dual 3.5 Bay - Quiet - USB 3.0 - RAID Enclosure (No Drives Included)

The CR-H252 is a Dual Drive Bay solution featuring an internal hardware RAID controller, solid all-aluminum enclosure with two hot-swappable tool-less drive trays, making installation a snap. Developed for professionals looking for high speed and large capacities from a storage and backup device with a small foot print for easy transport. Offering super speed USB 3.0 for easy universal connectivity to a Mac or PC. Three RAID modes make it easily customizable for speed and protection depending on individual needs.

Highlights

Enclosure
  • High-speed, low-cost two bay USB 3.0 solution
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (backwards compatible to USB 2.0/1.0)
  • Supports SD and compressed HD work flows
  • Built-In RAID - Supports RAID 0, 1, JBOD and Normal Mode
  • Storage Capacities up to 8TB (using two 4TB drives - Raw capacity)
  • Tool-less tray design makes swapping drives a snap
  • Hot-swap drive bays with auto-rebuild
  • Industrial aluminum design
  • Mac® OS X, Linux and Windows® compatible
 

Features

Enclosure

Easy RAID Setup

The CineRAID Home CR-H252 features three RAID modes with an easy dip-switch RAID setup for customizable speed and protection levels. RAID 0 offers large capacity and high speeds by striping 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 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 aluminum body, the CR-H252 is definitely built to last. Its compact and space-saving abilities make it an ideal solution for any work environment and easily stackable for multiple storage applications. The USB 3.0 allows users to effortlessly move data between stations.


Quiet Cooling

The all-aluminum body and ultra quiet rear fan efficiently draws heat away from internal drives, keeping them cool and safe at all times.


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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What's in the Box

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Learn more about the CineRAID SYSTEMS CR-H252B

Model

Brand
CineRAID
Model
CR-H252B

General Spec

Drive
SATA
External I/O
USB 3.0
RAID Levels
RAID 0/1, JBOD

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
2

System Management

OS Supported
Windows 7 / Windows Vista / XP Home Edition SP-1, Professional SP-1 / Windows 2000 Professional SP-3 / Windows 98SE or later versions. (*1,2)

Mac OS X 10.3 or later (recommended 10.3.9 or later)

Linux 32-bit / 64-bit

*1. Not applicable to use on volume more than 137GB or 137GB in "combine mode" in windows ME / 98SE
*2. Windows 98 first edition may not work properly.

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
Input: 110V - 240V
Output: +12V 6.0A (maximum)

General Spec

Dimensions
8.5" x 6.5" x 5.25"
Weight
3.3 lbs. (excluding hard drives)
Full Package: 4.5 lbs.
Features
High-speed, low-cost 2 bay USB 3.0 Solution

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (Backwards Compatible to USB 2.0/1.0)

Supports SD and compressed HD work flows

Built-In RAID support RAID 0, 1, JBOD and Normal Mode

Storage capacities up to 8TB (using 2x 4TB drives raw capacity)

Tool-less Tray design makes swapping drives a snap

Hot-Swap Drive bays with Auto-rebuild

Industrial aluminum design

Mac OS X, Linux and Windows compatible.

Packaging

Package Contents
1X H252 Enclosure
1X USB 3.0 Cable
2X HDD Screw-less Trays
1X Power Adapter
1X Power Cord
1X User manual and Software CD
8X HDD Screws (For 2.5 HDD Application)

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the CineRAID SYSTEMS CR-H252B

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  • One M.
  • 4/17/2014 7:05:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsstay away from this cheap device

Pros: cheap

Cons: have had trouble with keeping the raids online. they keep going to sleep. contacted mfg and have set every possible option and upgraded firmware/drivers/settings etc to no avail. will have to buy something else. Mfg says the unit migh be defective and they were to send me an rma paper but they never did.

Also found out that if one drive goes bad in mirror, there is no way to replace the one drive and get back to normal. you have to copy all your data to somewhere else and start over which is not very practical with large amount of data and you will spend days just on that.

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  • Richard Q.
  • 2/15/2014 9:26:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdate - finally stable!

Pros: Inexpensive
Aluminum construction
Fan-cooled
tool-less construction

Cons: Tech support is TERRIBLE.
Included cable a little short (3') for desktop use with a tower case on the floor
No adjustment for sleep mode on the drives.

Other Thoughts: Finally got this thing stable by purchasing this USB 3.0 controller card, even though I had a Renesas USB3.0 chipset on my MoBo. Works flawlessly now. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=15-256-004
Their technical "support" is outsourced to someone with mediocre English and marginal knowledge of the product. I only bring up his English because it was extremely hard to understand him on the phone, adding to the difficulty of getting troubleshooting completed. After having to ask for an update on my ticket 5 times, I gave up and bought the above-mentioned USB controller card. He's yet to respond after several months.

All said, I don't know that I'd buy this again.

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  • Kyle M.
  • 12/27/2013 9:52:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot that Great

Pros: Low Price, quiet and easy to swap out the Drives

Cons: Kept dropping off-line, checked all the settings and no problem. connected to a powered USB 3.0 Hub and then it worked like it should.

Other Thoughts: Bought this due to price, after I bought the Hub I was at a price I didn't want to be at. If your buying just to have this save your money or add the extra $30 for a hub.

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  • Willy H.
  • 12/27/2013 6:40:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Tool-less trays for 3.5" drives with support for 2.5" drives
-Metal housing
-Active cooling. Keeps two ~5K RPM drives at 30C under full load

Cons: -Plastic drive trays and locking pins are somewhat fragile
-On "Normal" mode, performance hit of >20MB/s when both drives accessed simultaneously
-Only one drive exposes SMART data (using CrystalDiskInfo)
-Lots of disconnections (seems dependent on your existing hardware/luck)

Other Thoughts: Been using this item for four weeks. Windows 7 x64, ASMedia USB 3.0 controller on a P67 motherboard, 2x2TB ~5K RPM drives (one WD, one Seagate) running in Normal(non-RAID) mode. Enclosure is for periodic backup purposes, i.e. no heavy workload. Uses JMicron JMS551 bridge chip (Vid:152D Pid:0551).

Like some of the other reviewers, I experienced frequent disconnections and for several days tried the solutions listed here and on other places. (Note: I also have 1 bus-powered and 1 externally-powered USB 3.0 hard drive that I've been using for years with no problems.)

Ultimately I was able to get it stable but according to the review rules I cannot say how and probably would not recommend the procedure anyway as I've only been testing it for a short time. (Also, it makes changing RAID modes kind of a hassle.) I think I can say that I think the firmware and bridge chip the enclosure comes with was part of the problem, in my case.

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  • Gary H.
  • 12/3/2013 7:40:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW! Forget About It! So Simple To Install!

Pros: When a 9 year old with nothing but tablet knowledge can follow the direction and in the CineRaid 252 and have it up and running in that short of time is incredible. I am running the Hitachi 7000s/7200RPMs/3TB x 2; Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM + Everything on the HP D7 Intel 180GB SSD; Hitachi 2.5" 7/1000 7200 RPM 64MB Cache. BOOM! Online! Only thing left to do was to partition the two Seagate Baracudas and partition and format the drives. Boom. All of this done in less than 20 minutes.with EaseUS.. Mixed Drives are no problem but I still would stay with the same drive just in case you want to run a raid.

Cons: With the amount of drives and accessories I run off of the HP Pavillion DV7 the speed in between the Hitachis and Seagate are running on initial tests at about what you would expect from good USB Speed at about 50MBS whereas with Hitachis direct to direct standalones 100 to 200 mbs. Higher ratings just for seconds then leveling off at the 100 to 200mbs. As always and not as bad as most of the companies the USB 3..0 cable is good quality but about 12 to 18 inches short. I am running two USB Hubs one is USB 3.0 x4 and the other is Directlink 4/4 USB 2.0 and 3.0. Cineraid is direct to USB 3.0 on HP DV7 and will stay so. I also could not get any SMART reading out of the Cineraid and drives for Speed Fan to give me HD Temps to see what the differences are with all of the other crazy things I am running like USB 3.0 docking station and USB 3.0 BRR/DDR. I will call CineRaid and believe it may be more of a Seagate Issue then anything else.

Other Thoughts: when everything used to come with fan in the enclosures. When you look at the enclosures for USB drives and the prices with no fans and then find out with a utility like Speed Fan that the drives are running 60 to 70 degrees C then you start looking for alternatives. I remember . CineRaid is worth every penny. I feel much more comfortable to have the drives running cooler with the huge fan rotating the air. I do worry about the Hitach HDS then again they are rated at 2 Million Hour Failure Rate and the Seagate Barracudas are at 200,000 hours.

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  • David K.
  • 11/25/2013 7:09:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMinor Format Problem - Update

Pros: Seems to work normally. Formats easily. Did work with 2 each 3TG drives as advertised.

Cons: Will not transfer data faster than USB 2.0 rates. I also have a WD 3TB external drive that does operate at USB 30 speeds on the same ports.

Other Thoughts: Not sure if this is a defective device, but for what I paid for it, it's not really worth creating and RMA and returning it. I'll give it away as a USB 2.o device.

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  • David K.
  • 11/25/2013 2:37:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMinor Format Problem

Pros: I was able to format as RAID 1 with no problem. Works as advertised. Like the hot-swap feature (haven't tried it yet - next on the agenda).

Cons: Had to format as NTFS, could format as ext3 or ext2, but was not able to access it.

Other Thoughts: I'm using Linux Mint 13 64 bit. I was unable to change permissions, so I just formatted it as NTFS. Other than that, I have n o complaints.

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  • Oliver T.
  • 11/22/2013 6:37:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks like a champ

Pros: Cheap RAID box. Easy setup.
I have this connected to my AirPort Express, and access it from my two iMacs. Data transfer is acceptable. I am running (2) 2tb WD Red drives in RAID. It works like a champ.

Cons: None, if you buy this only expecting a simple RAID enclosure you will not be disappointed.

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  • JOSEPH M.
  • 11/22/2013 6:06:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI Like This Product

Pros: Goes on sale frequently. This product is a solid bargain, but when it goes on sale, it is cheap. With the limited exposure I have had, I have found this product line to be reliable. I like that inserting the drives into the cage does not require tools. Supports 3TB Drives.

Cons: None as yet

Other Thoughts: My first CineRaid device was the 4 bay CR-H458. I have had that for about 18 months. I have it attached to my server, and use it in JBOD mode for backups. I have had absolutely no problem with it.

This experience gave me the confidence to purchase a CR-H252B. I have not used it for very long, but so far so good. I am using it with 2 Toshiba 3TB drives, also purchased from Newegg. I like the CR-H252B enough that I have just ordered 2 more. I intend to attach one to my Windows 7 Media Center PC.

I will mention that I have only used these devices in JBOD mode. I simply alternate my backups between the drives. I may try the RAID with my Media Center PC.

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  • Pawel K.
  • 11/12/2013 10:20:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLooks good works not so well

Pros: I use it for Windows XP.
Nice case, solid construction, USB 3.0.

Cons: Well, where do I start. First, I bought a Mediasonic USB card, but it did not recognize the drive, got a good quality USB 3.0 cable, same story. Returned it and bought Rocketfish card. It did work for 2 hours until I got write error. Powered off/on, again worked for 2 hours. The unit works if there is no data transfer. Switched to USB 2, same story.
Will RMA this unit and buy something else.

Other Thoughts: Stay away from this unit.

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