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5 out of 5 eggs WOW! Forget About It! So Simple To Install! 12/03/2013

This review is from: CineRAID CR-H252B Dual 3.5 Bay Quiet USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure (No Drives)


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.


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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