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3.5" 4-Bay Button Tray USB 3.0 | eSata RAID Enclosure - Black
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3.5" 4-Bay Button Tray USB 3.0 | eSata RAID Enclosure - Black

Are you thinking about installing an ultrafast RAID array, but you either have a laptop, don't want to open up your PC, and/or don't want to mess with drivers and complicated configurations? Monoprice has the answer to your needs in the form of this 4-bay 3.5" HDD USB 3.0/eSATA RAID Enclosure!

This RAID enclosure is perfect for increasing data throughput speed using the RAID 0 striping mode, for increasing data security using the RAID 1 mirror mode, gaining both speed and data security using the RAID 5 mode, or as an easy way to add external drives using the JBOD "just a bunch of drives" mode, which sees all installed discs as a single large volume. It supports four 3.5" SATA II (3.0 Gbps) drives up to 3TB each and has even been tested with the latest Hitachi 4TB drives for up to 16TB of storage.

This metal enclosure is completely self-contained, with everything needed to connect to a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer using a USB or eSATA cable (included), except the drives themselves, of course. It has a built-in 200 watt power supply, which provides 12 VDC and 5 VDC power levels from any 100 ~ 240 VAC power source, and an 80mm fan to keep things cool.

Drive installation is made easier with the ability to hot swap drives in and out of the system without turning off either the enclosure or the connected PC. Most importantly, it contains all the controllers, drivers, and software needed to operate and maintain the RAID array, making RAID installation and configuration as simple and easy as it can possibly be.

Model # 10205
RAID Chipset JM539 + JMB393
Interface USB 3.0
Supported Modes RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, JBOD
Supported HDD Types 4x 3.5" SATA II (3.0 Gbps) HDD
Supported HDD Sizes Up to 3TB*
Hot Swappable? Yes
Auto-Rebuilding? Yes (RAID 0 & 5)
LED Indicators HDD access
Cooling Fans 1x 80mm fan
Input Power 100 ~ 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Output Power 5 and 12 VDC, 200 watts
OS Compatibility Windows, Mac, Linux
Dimensions 8.3" x 4.9" x 6.6" (212 x 125 x 168 mm)
Weight 7.5 lbs (3.4 Kg)
Certifications CE, FCC

* The Hitachi HUS724040ALA640 and HUS724040ALE640 4TB drives have been tested successfully in this enclosure as single 4TB and single 8TB volumes.

Package Contents:

  • 1x 3.5" 4-bay USB 3.0 RAID enclosure
  • 1x Power cable (NEMA 5-15 to IEC 60320 C13)
  • 1x USB 3.0 cable (A male to B male)
  • 1x eSATA cable
  • 1x Quick installation guide
  • 1x CD with manual and Windows utility
  • 1x Accessory kit

1 Reviews

70% of the reviewers recommend this product

  • Ed,
  •  Germantown, MD 
  • 5/21/2015 11:23:28 AM

Pros: Small size - Considering it can hold 4 3.5" drives and a power supply, I doubt it could physically get much smaller

Easy - RAID setup and drive installation went smoothly. Included software is fairly easy to set up and use.

Fans - Because trying to pack four mechanical drives in a non-ventilated case may not turn out too well. Fairly quiet too.

Solid - While I won't go tossing several HDDs around, the case has an overall solid feel

Cons: Windows only - While not a con for me specifically since it's hooked up to a Windows box, but the software appears to be Windows only, which means RAID setup and software monitoring on Linux or OSX is non existent, unless there's some 3rd party software out there.

No drive temp. monitoring - The manual does state the case has a temperature alarm, so there may be an integrated sensor somewhere, but there's no way to access it in the software and it doesn't show readings from the individual drives either, even though it passes along the SMART value.

Quiet, but not silent - the 80mm case fan and smaller (40mm?) power supply fan are quiet for their size, obviously the OEM designed this thing realizing it's just as likely to be used on a desk as in a server room. But not silent, and there's the constant background hum/buzz of fans in the background. Just enough to be annoying if used as external storage for some sort of home theater PC setup. Forgivable though, as I doubt it'd be possible to fit larger, slower fans in this thing.

Speed - Using 4x1TB WD Green drives in RAID5 over USB3, Write speeds seemed OK at first (peaking at 130MB/s), now that the array is 2/3rds full, I'm getting 45MB/s at most. That's kind of expected with RAID5 though, and not terribly critical for me as this is for backup only.

I got this to replace a pair of 1TB 2.5" drives in RAID0 in a small external case, wanting a bit of extra security against single drive failure without sacrificing 1/2 the storage space to RAID1. Plus, those drives were getting full and I figured the extra TB could last another year or two. So far it's been a solid little backup box.

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