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IVIEW HFR2-SU3 RAID 0/1/3/5/10, JBOD, CLONE, Normal 4 3.5
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Pros: Includes USB3 and e-Sata cables. Small compact size. Adjustable fan speed for quiet operation. Easy setup. Came with screws for HDD installation. Supports 3TB drives.

Cons: Drives can be 'locked' in place without actually being connected to the back plane. I had the unit on my lap and was dropping the drive straight down with no resistance, had to push the drive down at the back so it would slot in. If you stand the unit up, it they seem to track in better. Sort of a con, you have to set dip switch settings for RAID configuration type, and then match that in the software; could be a problem it you miss that, but it was very clear in the manual.

Other Thoughts: Installed 4 WD 3TB red drives. Set dip switches to RAID5. Connected E-Sata. Turned on. Installed software from CD. Ran software, and set the raid configuration to RAID5 and selected all 4 disks. In Win7 disk management I created a new simple volume GPT partition with 64K allocation unit size (unit holding large backup files 1GB - 4GB in size). Did a quick format. Done. Took 5 minutes total from power up. Transfer speeds

To RAID5 volume 8GB file: 40MB/s.
(Not bad for RAID5 Parity overhead)

From RAID5 volume with (different) 8 GB files: 130MB/s.

Very happy with purchase for Black Friday price!

Don't forget, noise and heat will be dependant on the drives you buy!! Red drives are cool and quiet and built for raid!

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Display Name: Nathan H.

Date Joined: 10/23/09

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  • Last Review: 11/28/12
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