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Mediasonic HFR2-SU3S2 PRORAID Box 4 Bay Raid Enclosure with USB 3.0 & eSATA

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Rating: 8/10
With 3 User Reviews
zjochied@NCIX
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Review Date: 11/21/12
Cons: -somewhat loose connections on sata connector-soft screws head, use your own screws-expensive

Pros: -decent enclosure, ok build-Mediasonic so-so USB controller
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for those of you who wish to purchase a raid 10 enclosure, this would work if it's on sale for 160, otherwise don't bother not worth the money.Going into details, solid/decent/so-so build quality, looks nice but just looks alone. Fan isn't as quiet as I thought but it keeps drive cool enough to operate at max performance. USB 3.0 and esata makes good combination, although esata is A LOT faster than USB 3.0 when using hard drives, reason? read this article, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3-uas-turbo,3215-2.htmlMax performance I've gotten with this enclosure from USB 3.0 is 190mb/s read and write while at Esata im at 240mb/s.if this device and firmware supports UAS, and I'm using windows 8 with ASMedia's USB 3 controller and their UAS supported USB 3 driver then I am able to go over 250mb/s esata speed.
XenoS@NCIX
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Review Date: 10/17/12
Cons: - None.

Pros: - Excellent transfer rates.- Easy to set up IMHO.- Very cool and quiet.
Comment:
I bought this and put several 3TB 7200RPM drives inside. Setup was a breeze and I had absolutely no trouble creating a RAID 0 array following the instructions. Initialized it as GPT in Windows 7 x64 and created a single giant ExFat partition with no complaints. Transfer rates are really good and TrueCrypt 7.1a formatted it as AES at 154 MB/s using a Renesas USB 3.0 port on an ASUS P7P55D-E with Intel i7 875K (no AES-NI boost from that CPU). I later came across a review of someone using USB 2.0 and TrueCrypt on a newer system that did have an AES enabled CPU and he was getting 8 MB/s so you get some idea of the difference. Haven't tried eSATA yet but would assume it's slightly slower. I plan on adding a fourth hard drive as soon as it arrives from NCIX. Be aware that changing the number of drives in almost any RAID array will usually result in total data loss no matter what device it's on, especially RAID 0. Be prepared for that fact and you won't have any problems.
paulachow@NCIX
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Review Date: 02/21/11
Cons: Setup Instruction is too little. I need to search thru the Mediasonic users forum before I can figure out how it is supposed to work. It is a pain that you need to initialize the EPROM ( the secret hidden button at the back compartment ) everytime you change the mode of operation.The USB3 is not as fast as I have expected. The eSATA has a betterspeed than the USB3! which I don't understand. The USB3 is supposed to be in the range of 3-5 Gigabits/sec! Maybe my ASUS mobo's USB3 sucks!

Pros: This is the cheapest 4-drives enclosure with RAID5 in the market. I bought this because it has both USB3 and eSATA,and it includes the USB3 and eSATA cables, which would have cost you $20 if bought separately.
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If you don't need RAID5, it is cheaper to buy HUR1-SU3S2 which has both USB3 and eSATA. Otherwise, it is working quite well as what the Manufacturer has advertised.

Product Features

Product Specifications

Model
Brand Mediasonic
Model HFR2-SU3S2
General Spec
Drive SATA 150 & 300
External I/O USB 3.0 & eSATA
RAID Levels RAID 0 / 1 / 3 / 5 / 10
Expansion
3.5" Drive Bays 4
System Management
OS Supported Windows 2000 / XP / VISTA 32/64 bit / Windows 7 (with MBR enabled, supports total capacity up to 2TB)
Vista 32/64 bit (with GPT enabled, supports total capacity more than 2TB
Mac OS 10.3 or later
General Spec
Features Hardware Raid controller built-in on board
Transfer rate up to 5.0Gbps via USB 3.0
Transfer rate up to 3.0Gbps via eSATA
Power Sync: Power off in synchronization with PC
One button for RAID control
Forced Convection Process
Packaging
Package Contents HFR2-SU3S2 Enclosure
eSATA Cable
USB 3.0 Cable
Power adapter (Universal)
Power cord (US Type)
User manual
Screw driver
HDD Handle
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 1 year limited
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