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Sans Digital 5-Bay eSATA RAID 0/1/10/5/JBOD Tower Storage Enclosure w/ 6G PCIe Card TR5M+B (Black)
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Worked great for about a year and a half. Used as my backup device for my server, loaded with 5 1TB RE4 WD drives.

Cons: I think it finally died today. It said my array was corrupt, and then it would fail when trying to rebuild the array. Always the same slot #2. Tested the disk and it was fine, and even tried another disk, which it also could not use to rebuild. Then port #1 started acting up.

Other Thoughts: I'd skip by this device; I expected the drives to fail before it did, but I was sadly disappointed. The disks have a 5 year warranty, its a shame this only has one.

Sans Digital 5-Bay eSATA RAID 0/1/10/5/JBOD Tower Storage Enclosure w/ 6G PCIe Card TR5M+B (Black)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Tower is good, bundled card is junk 06/09/2012

This review is from: Sans Digital 5-Bay eSATA RAID 0/1/10/5/JBOD Tower Storage Enclosure w/ 6G PCIe Card TR5M+B (Black)

Pros: The tower itself is very nice and works well. and the only reason this review is two stars intead of one.

Cons: The bundled raid card is a joke. It appearently conflicts with a motherboards built in RAID controller, which makes it useless for a server. The TowerRAID was meant to be a backup storage device and my servers internal RAID is already setup and running with user data.

Other Thoughts: Tech support is a joke too. I get the impression English is not their first language, as the support tech continues to ask me for information I provided from the start. Its even in the email thread if you scroll down. Last I heard was that they were going to start an RMA to send me a different card, that was two weeks ago and nothing. I have a smaller two drive RAID enclouse from them which has worked fine, but then that didn't need a RAID card as its USB.

ASUS M2N-LR ATX Server Motherboard Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce Professional 3600 DDR2 800
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Great features, seems to include hardware virutalization, with latest bios supports quad core operion. Seems very solid, and bult in raid is good.

Cons: Another poster mentioned that after some time running, the machine mysterously powers off. I've started having this as well. I'm not sure why... there's no HW temp off, just settings to make the fans kick up at certain points. I don't know whats causing the poweroffs.. but I'm concerned another report on this site suggests its the MB.

Other Thoughts: Be careful.. it could have problems with random poweroffs.. this should be investigated.


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Display Name: Andrew J.

Date Joined: 04/30/05

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  • Last Review: 12/23/13
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