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SANS DIGITAL MS2UB 0, 1 2 3.5" Drive Bays USB 2.0 (480Mbps) & 1394b (800Mbps) 2 Bay SATA to Firewire 800 (1394b) / USB 2.0 RAID 0 / RAID 1 Enclosure

  • SATA 1.5 & 3Gb/s
  • 2 3.5" Drive Bays
  • 0, 1
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The MobileSTOR MS2UB is a 2 bay RAID 0/1 external storage solution designed for video editing and data storage. Utilizing cutting edge Serial-ATA (SATA I or SATA II) hard drive technology, the MS2UB is guaranteed to provide unparallel performance to meet most data intensive demands. Supporting RAID 0 or RAID 1, enclosed in stylish aluminum housing, the MS2UB will allow you to easily choose between ultimate performance and high redundancy.


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Model

Brand
SANS DIGITAL
Model
MS2UB

General Spec

Drive
SATA 1.5 & 3Gb/s
External I/O
USB 2.0 (480Mbps) & 1394b (800Mbps)
RAID Levels
0, 1

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
2

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
70W (110V~240V Auto Switching)

General Spec

Features
Compact, stylish aluminum design.
ot Swappable trays which are compatible with various Hard Drives.
Data Auto-Rebuilding.
LCD Display.
Hard Disk, Fan and Temperature failure detectors to ensure system stability.
Windows-based GUI software for monitor RAID status via RS232 port.
Standard Interface, No extra drivers required.
Support both MAC and PC.

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  • Jason B.
  • 4/6/2007 12:22:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsSimple, solid, cheap

Pros: - Solidly made. The photo looks a little cheesy, but the item is good quality metal and the plugs and moving parts feel sturdy.
- Includes all cables (standard AC power, USB, Firewire 800, Firewire 400-to-800 adaptor, and even a serial cable to use for the monitoring port)
- Easy. Following the included quick install guide, I put two 750 GB drives in the trays, powered up (defaults to RAID 1 mirror), plugged in, formatted, and started moving files -- all in about 10 minutes.

Cons: - Front panel interface is odd. Buttons feel cheap. The menu wording is awkward as well, ie, when the array is in RAID 1 mode, the mode configuration menu says "CHANGE RAIDMODE RAID0", rather than something like "CURRENT MODE IS RAID 1. CHANGE TO RAID 0?"
- Front panel can display temperature and fan speed, but you have to enter the password (which protects the system from accidental RAID mode change) and scroll through several screens to see it.
- Monitoring software is Windows-only, and requires an ever-rarer RS232 serial port. I used this with a Powermac G5, so I can't comment on the quality of the software.
- No standby -- runs at full power even when the host system is in sleep mode or powered off. This isn't too tragic, but it makes me wish it had a (recessed) power switch in the front instead of the back.
- Slight homebrew feel, ie, the manual and monitoring software come on a blank white inkjet CD, and the quick installation guide is the CD insert. Not bad, though.

Other Thoughts: - Can be configured for a (poorly documented) variant of RAID 1 mode that synchronizes the second disk on schedule, rather then as a simultaneous mirror.
- Includes a second CD with backup software for Windows and Mac, which I did not try.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/20/2007 8:39:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggspretty good

Pros: I have two Seagate 500 GB 7200.9 hard drives in a raid 0 configuration. Transfers are pretty quick via USB. I haven't tried eSATA yet.

Cons: Sometimes when it is running, and I boot up or restart the computer, it will say that one or both of the hard drives have failed. This causes windows not to recognize it. All I have to do is turn it off for about 5 seconds and then back on, and it works fine.
The noise from the fan is actually a lot louder than the spin from the two hard drives. I would say that the decibel rating would be around 30-45. A comparison would be one 80 mm case fan at full speed. It's kind of annoying, but I'll live.

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