Reviews and Problems with StarTech 4 Bay External Hard Drive Array RAID Tower
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Startech 4 Bay External Hard Drive Array RAID Tower
Kevin Robertson, Amazon
16 January 2014
Summary: After a few issues with the unit i.e. getting HD ERROR warning I found from reading other reviews on the web that initially you have to remove ALL drives, select the required mode, press the confirm button behind the unit and it will power itself down, insert the required amount of drives for the mode selected and power the unit back up, works brilliantly. I will be ordering another one of these very soon.
Summary: Haven't had it long enough to test its reliability, though to get it started was a pain as it originally had the bad drive light come up. The solution: 1). Turn off the enclosure and remove the drives 2). Power the enclosure back up and set it to RAID 0 by pressing the "Mode" button Press and hold the "Confirm" button on the back of the enclosure next to the ESATA port behind the plastic cover, until it powers off 3). Install the drives 4). Turn power back on.
Summary: Found that if ANY drive is not formatted than the whole thing will NOT get recognized via USB 3 connection.So ensure you format al drives ( defeats the objective some what ie if you don't have nay other way to load a 3.5 internal HDD then how do you format it !!). Also if ANY drive is fault NON of the drives are recognised ??? Apart from the above caveat's it all works well.
Summary: I bougt it and put it togetcher with 3*2tb disks, but i only get speed of 817kb in raid 5. I made a chact with startech support and they said, it was becaused it used the slowest disks spead, so i took them out and put them im my nax, with 20mb speed over WiFi
Great for adding safe storage to a Home Server build!
T Crawford "Tom", Amazon
1 June 2013
Summary: Filled with 4 2tb WD green hard drives in a raid 5. This is giving me 6tb of safe and fast storage for all the families media, photos and all other items they seem to manage fill it with. Very happy just hope it all functions as expected if one of the drives fails.
Summary: This product does all I want. It performs very well (150 mb/sec WRITE /170 READ) with 4 slow disks (2 TB Caviar Green) in RAID 5 mode. It has both USB 3 and eSATA. It is well built. It is silent (important!). It is self contained. No need for PCI cards etc. This means I can also hook it to my laptop, or take it with me when I go to a friend. AND It is MUCH cheaper than any comparable alternative.
Summary: After losing 2 external drives in 2 weeks I decided I needed a RAID 1+0 to prevent wasting days trying to recover data from bad sectors. This 4 drive bay is easy to configure, require just a basic knowledge of the different RAID options, that are described in the manual in plain English. I've used 4 x 3TB Seagate drives giving me 6GB of usable volume space and an all important mirror.