- SATA I / II / III
- 4 3.5" Drive Bays
- Raid 0 (Spanning) JBOD
- Raid 0 (Stripping)
- Raid 1 (Mirroring)
- Raid 3 (Stripped set with dedicated parity)
- Raid 5 (Striped set with distributed parity)
- Raid 10 (Mirroring + Striping)
2nd verse same as the first 07/11/2012
This review is from: Mediasonic HFR2-SU3S2FW Raid 0 (Spanning) JBOD Raid 0 (Stripping) Raid 1 (Mirroring) Raid 3 (Stripped set with dedicated parity) Raid 5 (Striped set with distributed parity) Raid 10 (Mirroring + Striping) 4 3.5" Drive Bays USB 3.0 eSA
Bought one of these last year at $199 and vowed if it came on the shocker I'd buy another. This thing rocks! I stuck 4 3TB hitachis in the first one for 9TB of RAID5 awesomeness! These weren't screaming drives but I get a steady 180+ Mb/s off it and I love the fact that it's not relying on the operating system to keep the RAID intact. In fact, I moved it back and forth between two PCs for the first month as I populated the data.
The instructions are wrong on how to set up your RAID mode. It clearly says push the button on the back and hold it down until the RAID light flashes. This is blatantly wrong, hold in the mode button on the front until it changes then use it to select the raid mode, THEN press the button on the back until the unit powers down (which confirms the RAID mode). The instructions are rubbish but the enclosure is amazing! Feels heavy like it was well constructed (although the plastic door on the front is a little cheap), but it looks great.
The 2nd one I populated with 2 WD green drives (yes, I know they aren't meant for RAID and they wouldn't do it from my onboard RAID controller). The greens are working terrific (surprised me). I think the next thing I'll do (when HDD prices finally drop again) is get 4 more 3TBs and try a mirrored RAID 50 configuration (that should get me wicked speed and double my reliability). Even at $199 this is a great product but at $129 on the shocker... no brainer... I was truly shocked!
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