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Sans Digital 4 Bay eSATA Port Multiplier JBOD Tower Storage Enclosure (no eSATA Card bundle) TR4M+BNC

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  • SATA 150 & 300
  • 4 x Hot-Swappable 3.5" Drive Bays
  • JBOD (Hard drives are accessed individually)

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Sans Digital TowerRAID TR4M+BNC - Four-Bay eSATA Port Multiplier JBOD Tower

(No eSATA Card Bundled)

Features

Sans Digital

The TowerRAID TR4M+BNC is a compact JBOD tower utilizing the latest SATA II port multiplier technology, where one single eSATA cable connects to four SATA hard drives. Four hard drives can be implemented individually, providing instant storage expansion with ease.

Designed with easy installation in mind, the trayless TR4M+BNC allows instant setup by simply inserting the hard drives after opening the protective ventilating cover. Port Multiplier technology is widely available in current eSATA port, including home server, laptop and personal computer, and an optional port multiplier supported eSATA controller can be purchased separately for added performance and functionality, such as RAID application. TR4M+BNC supported in Windows, Linux and Mac, including storage expansion, home server applications as well as personal data backup.


 
Sans Digital


  • Supports PC, Linux and MAC OS, including Windows 7 and Snow Leopard
  • Access to four hard drives using only one cable
  • Drive interface: four 3.5" SATA I / SATA II
  • Supports port multiplier enabled RAID adapter for additional RAID application
  • Host interface: eSATA with Port Multiplier*

*SATA/eSATA port require support port multiplier in order for your computer to recognize multiple hard drive. Port multiplier supported eSATA port is required.

Sans Digital

What's in the Box

Sans Digital

Learn more about the SANS DIGITAL TR4M+BNC

Model

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Brand
SANS DIGITAL
Series
TowerRAID
Model
TR4M+BNC

Details

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Drive
SATA 1.5 & 3Gb/s
External I/O
eSATA (via Port Multiplier)
RAID Levels
JBOD (Hard drives are accessed individually)

Expansion

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3.5" Drive Bays
4 x Hot-Swappable

System Management

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OS Supported
Supports PC, Linux and MAC OS, including Windows 7 and Snow Leopard

Mechanical Spec

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Power Supply
150W (115V - 230V Switchable)

Features

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Features
Form Factor: Compact Tower

Maximum Capacity: 16TB

Host Interface & Transfer Rate:
eSATA (via Port Multiplier)
Note: *Port Multiplier supported eSATA port required.
*Please see Sans Digital eSATA port multiplier controller card selections.

Cooling Fan: 3.15" Ball Bearing Fan

Status Indicators: Power LED and 4 * Access LEDs

Accesses four hard drives using only one cable

Support port multiplier enabled RAID adapter for additional RAID application

* SATA/eSATA port require support port multiplier in order for your computer to recognize multiple hard drive. Port multiplier supported eSATA port is required.
** No eSATA card bundled

Dimensions & Weight

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Dimensions
5.3" x 7.1" x 10.0"
Weight
5.9 lbs.

Package Contents

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Package Contents
TR4M+BNC
Power Cord
eSATA Cable
Screws (1 set)
Quick Installation Manual
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Great.. for a year...then it's a brick.

Pros: easy to setup.
easy enough access to drives.

Cons: after a little over a year it starts going out to lunch.
I bought two.
they both are bricks now.
I won't buy another one from them.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this product unless you need something REALLY short term.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5

Pros: Inexpensive and simple!

Cons: Can't fault it too much. Would of expected it to of lasted even longer than 5 years considering it was power/surge protected. Other equipment in the rack is older than this piece but YMMV.

Other Thoughts: Lasted 5 years. I'm fairly certain its the power supply despite been surge protected, etc. - it just wouldn't power up after a power outage. Didn't experience any other issues to note. However, all the other reviews have me concerned about simply re-ordering another one.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
NOT VERY RELIABLE

Pros: When it was working, good as a NAS drive.

Cons: Stops working after 12 months. I bought 2 of them, and both died on me right after 12 months. I am not happy with this product. What is the chance of that happening twice in a row?

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this product. If they fix the power issue on it, it would make their product more reliable, and usable in the long term.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Not At All Reliable

Pros: If you only need your data for a year or less, these are fine.

Cons: I bought two of these, originally intending to use both at once, but I'm glad I didn't. I filled up one with drives and used it for a year and a half or so. After that, the drives kept throwing command errors and being removed by the OS. For a while, I could reboot the computer and the drives would work again, but eventually, they just stopped being detected.

That's when I opened the second box, thinking that maybe the first one was a fluke. I pulled the hard drives out of the old box and slotted them into the new one. The second one began exhibiting the same behavior in less than a year. So here I am with four perfectly good hard drives and a pair of perfectly worthless enclosures. They turn on, so I don't think I have a power supply problem as other reviewers have described, but something has obviously failed on the logic board and the drives can't be recognized by the OS.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this to anyone.
I would not buy this again.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Working for 3 years, no issues.

Pros: Worked without fail for 3 years. Transfer rates were good in my view, reads varied from 162 to 220 MB/Sec and writes 185 to 245. All my drives were not the fastest and probably 5400 rpms.

Cons: None. It was a little disconcerting to buy this without a controller card and not know for sure the one I got would work and if I had a problem getting two parties involved to diagnose it but I had no issues except getting a good driver for the card.

Other Thoughts: I see a lot of issues concerning a problem with power supply. Mine has run for three years with no problems so I might be on the verge of a failure but so far so good. It is in an air conditioned room where the max temperature is probably around 80 degrees and it has been on a UPS the whole time.

For the record I use a Startech PEXESAT3221 controller card and the best driver I found for it was from ASMEDIA for the Asmedia 106x SATA Host Controller Drive and may still be.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Dead in 3 yrs

Pros: large

Cons: dead

Other Thoughts: no

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
power supply died after 2 years

Pros: nice form factor, easy to use

Cons: power supply failed after 2 years, may have been due to power surge. power supply is NOT FUSED (design flaw in my opinion). i replaced one burnt 47ohm resistor on PS board, did not help. new PS is avail for $59.

Other Thoughts: the risk is yours. mine was on a Brickwall surge protector but this didn't help keep it from frying.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
It finally died.

Pros: Was cheap and worked great for a few years.

Cons: Power supply died.

Other Thoughts: As most of the negative reviews have mentioned, it's only a matter of time till the power supply dies. I also have the Rosewill version of this and it also has a bad power supply.

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