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Really not happy
on 18 October 2010
Having done a lot of research, I purchased this unit along with 5 fairly inexpensive 2TB hard drives. I wasn't expecting blazing speeds, it was built using fairly mid range components.
The hard drives are easy to install, drawers pop out, screw them in, clunk clunk and you're all done. The unit has a nice friendly button on the front which powers it up.
Unit build quality is solid and looks the business, the hard drives are very well cooled.
The unit is very noisy. Not so much rumbly as just very whiny. The fan is particularly loud and is likely to get on your nerves after about 3 seconds. You can hardly hear the hard drives which is nice, but the fan cuts through the air like a knife with an incessant whistling sound. I imagine this will only get worse over time given the unit is brand new.
From all that I can ascertain, the drive can only really be used with one type of PCI eSata card. The card does come with the unit, however I have tried fitting it in to 2 computers now and on my card in any case, the hole used to help screw the back plate in is misaligned so you can't secure it properly. Then it's fun and games with the manual which is full of bad Engrish, installing the software and trying to set up your raid.
Regarding the raid, there is some confusion as to whether it is hardware or software. The Edge10 site says software, Edge10 reps have told me hardware and that the enclosure has raid controllers inside it. Near as I can tell however, this is not a true hardware raid, which I'm guessing is one of the reasons it does not work with other cards as it needs their card to recognise and use it.
I set up raid 5 with this unit expecting about 50 MB write and about 60 to 65 read. What I got was about 17 MB write and 35 read. This is utterly appalling. It's actually worse than USB2. I couldn't stream large videos from this without breaking up, I was told it would take 4 days to copy my 4TB video collection and my advice if you get this, is don't try and read and write to it with anything large at the same time, it tends to crash windows explorer.
I have another eSata box which works at about 85 mbs write in raid 5. I know the hard drives I put in the Edge10 are much faster than this, even taking in to account the slowdown required by raid 5.
try and plug it in to any other type of eSata port other than the card supplied and windows informs you that the disk needs to be formatted, thus losing all your data. lovely.
I know others have had great success with this unit and indeed one of the reasons I purchased this was because of the good reports I had read. So don't get me wrong, I may have just had a very bad experience. However, I am technically minded, I have a fair bit of knowledge in this area and I am now very disappointed and will be attempting to return it ASAP.