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Sharkoon 8-Bay Raid Station External Enclosure for Hard Drives


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  • Auto-negotiation between SATA I (1.5 Gbps) and SATA II (3 Gbps)
  • Supports Asynchronous Signal Recovery, Spread Specturm Clocking, BIST and Loopback Mode
  • Supports Native Command Queue (NCQ),Port Multiplier Aware and non-Port Multiplier Aware Host in RAID mode
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BrandSharkoon
Item Weight6 Kg
Product Dimensions34 x 15 x 34 cm
Item model numberRiad-Station 8
  
Additional Information
ASINB008ENU0XM
Best Sellers Rank 25,516 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight8 Kg
Date First Available6 Aug 2012
  
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the case of the riad station consists of solid secc steel, the front door from abs plastic. Behind this hides the hard drive mounting frame, in which hard drives in 2.5" or 3.5" format can be screwed into. the mounting frame itself is simply inserted into the housing and locked.

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Sharkoon 8-Bay RAID Station

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Dec 2013
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The Sharkoon 8-Bay Raid Station is a very nice product indeed. It's smaller than I had expected: the photos made it look as if it would be the same size as a computer enclosure, but in reality it's significantly smaller.

First, the good points: it's well-built and looks pretty. The piano-black metal is covered in a plastic film that's a little fiddly to remove, but once this is done, it looks great. Installation of the drives into the caddies is a doddle.

All screws and cables (USB 3.0 and eSATA) are provided, which is a plus.

Now the bad points: Despite billing itself as a "Raid Station", its RAID levels are limited. Specifically, it can offer a bunch of single disks (JBOD), a virtual "single large disk" with no redundancy, and two RAID levels.

However, these RAID levels are quite limited. There's one that they call RAID 30 (two 4-drive arrays, each with one dedicated parity drive, concatenated into a larger RAID 0 array) and another one they call RAID 50 (two 4-drive arrays with distributed parity, concatenated into a larger RAID 0 array).

The problem with either of these is that each subarray only offers one drive's worth of protection: you can lose two drives in the array, as long as they are in different halves. If you lose two drives in the same subarray, you lose everything.

I would have expected at least RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6 and RAID 10 to be offered, since different people have different requirements (for example, RAID 50 "loses" 2 drives, but it's slower and offers better redundancy; RAID 10 loses 4 drives, but is faster and offers more redundancy).
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this comes with no manual (you can download it for free on the website) the setup is very easy but you DO need to read the manual, I have 8 x 4TB drives in RAID 0 as its a main storage for my files, which I copy to other small 4 x 4TB RAID 0 computers, its needed for speed (redundancy isn't needed) im using USB 3.0 so cannot comment on eSATA but can say USB 3.0 im getting roughly 100 Mb/s read/write speeds sometimes higher (depends on the files, im reading/writing ISO files)

ive had startech RAID enclosures, and every RAID card you can possibly list or even imagine... this is by far one of the best RAID enclosures, im not going to lie it is abit pricey but the enclosure has a 300w power supply so its like a mini PC, with all the tech behind it and considering you can just put 8 hard drives in it is brilliant, Its very quiet, im sat next too it right now and I cant hear a thing

you can connect the enclosure to your PC and have 8 separate hard drives connected at once
you can setup SOFTWARE RAID on the pc, or HARDWARE RAID on the enclosure itself, ive gone with hardware RAID but I get to choose the allocation/block size using the PC (currently running windows 8.1 enterprise x64)

IF YOU NEED STORAGE DONT BOTHER WITH RAID CARDS OR ANY OTHER ENCLOSURE, BUY THIS ONE!!!!
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MDG on 28 Oct 2013
There was no mention on the listing page that this device is Windows PC only. I bought this to use with my Mac and was disappointed to find it wouldn't work.
Make sure your compatibility specs are accurate please Amazon!
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