Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4 out of 5 by mark1234 n/a
Depending on how you connect this to your system will give you issues. If you have an older PC with a PCI USB3 card, Windows 10 has issues finding drivers, just search "windows 10 USB PCIe support".
When upgrading from Windows 7 to 10, the problem still exists. I've finally got it working. Speeds are great, Read is 179.6 MB/s Write is 110MB/s according to Task Manager. Disk isn't detected on a warm boot but it is found on a cold boot (a restart drops device from machine, a shutdown and startup brings it back - this may just be the PCIe card I'm using kt4007 chip)
I tested the rebuild of 4x1TB disks, pop one out to break array (alarm goes off, beeps), then put another one in - took a few hours to rebuild, you can still access the disk. PC does not need to be on during this rebuild.
Software is very basic, it's just a rebrand but does the job, allows e-mail if raid fails, creates various RAID levels also does "Clone" and "Large". Haven't used the disk duplication options so can't comment.
Current setup has 4x4TB WD Red on RAID 5 with 11TB usable space using Cobian Backup 11 Gravity for backups. When no activity on the disks (you can set this time-out), the unit stops the disks, so can be left on 24/7 - the front LCD screen is bright so may not be great at night. The unit can get hot with first constant use (initial Full Backup but incremental spins less).
When popping out disks, it seems pretty "raw", it's not that smooth, the spring action is could be better but seems you have to squeeze it in, it's a tight fit. The door is swing action and seems flimsy but nothing major.
If you are looking for a backup for all your devices (with RAID capability), I'd recommend this, if you have more than 8TB of data and just need it to work. Else get a 2 disk array and spend less.
27 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by anym Excellent recovery from disk loss, think through RAID mode choice
Replacing a disk allows continued use but for maximum resilience, including loss of Tower, choose RAID1, which allows data recovery from individual disks
15 November 2014