Summary: This unit does not support RAID 5 over all 8 drive bays, but rather it supports RAID 50 - RAID 5 over 2 groups of 4 disks and RAID 0 over the 2 groups of 4 disks. This results in capacity of 6 hard disks, not 7.
Summary: Very easy to setup. I would recommend to anyone that understands RAID environments. The manual requires the Hubble Telescope to read the small print. A disk that comes with it has a Quick Start Guide but it is for a NON-RAID device.
Excellent RAID unit for the price if you can deal with the setup
Vincent Myles, Amazon
7 May 2014
Summary: I read the documentation thoroughly and still felt a bit uncertain about setting this up but decided to dig right in. In fairness, I would not want to have to write the doc for setting this beast up.
Potentially fatally flawed unless Mediasonic can come up with some good firmware
James Zachary "Mr. Music", Amazon
22 February 2014
Summary: The cabinet is nicely made and the controls are fairly intuitive and easy to understand. Installing hard drives is soooo easy. The fan noise is minimal and even adjustable. Unfortunately the USB 3 connection is finicky.
Expensive, Cheaply, made and poorly supported product! Save your money!
H. Cates "~A PC/MAC hobbyist (Hardware/Software)~", Amazon
25 November 2013
Summary: The customer (dis)Service is only offered through email or forum, the product never stays connected and disconnects when ever it wants, Tech support says "well replace your USB 3.0 cable?", done that to the point i order some off the net and tried 2.0 none seem to keep it online.
Summary: I've had this running for only a few days now but I wanted to give my initial impressions. In short, everything is working smoothly with no problems whatsoever. Background: I wanted an *affordable* 8bay enclosure that I could use as additional backup security for my data.
Summary: This is my second one. Please read the other review indicating requirements. This device is for people with some tech experience so things like sata port replicator should be understood as necessary. The first one is 1.5 years old and still going with no problems at all.