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Pros: - The tower is made of good quality metal. - Clean and ergonomic design.
Cons: - ANNOYING fan (led and noises) had to remove. - Poor written software/driver. - Unstable - Regular BSOD (watchdog violation) on two computer (my server (Win server 2008 R2) and my gaming pc(Win 8.1).
Reviewed By:WolfAlexz,3/31/2015 10:05:08 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: Simple setup Dual-channel Small Form Factor Cheap RAID recovery is priceless
Cons: RAID card support is fun to deal with but once you get used to the site, youll manage Might catch fire Wonky Power Supply Runs super hot Doesn't really seem like 6G...
Other Thoughts: Been working good enough for the last couple years, but man, when it goes, it GOES. The power supply went on the fritz and started smoking really bad. Fortunately, the power supply was the only thing harmed. I bought a $20 AT 300w to power the Constellations in there... Thing runs HOT and the big fan looks impressive, but I don't think it really does a lot of cooling. There doesn't appear to be good channeling of air in there. Might want to consider leaving the door open. For what it is, it's a cheap enclosure. The HighPoint RAID tools allowed me to get the thing back online quickly to make a bare-metal backup... Now I will see what else I can get to hold my users' home folders. It doesn't seem as fast as it should be either.
Reviewed By:BILLY P.,3/30/2015 6:52:58 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year.
Pros: looks nice --None does not work with win 7- 64.
Cons: cables do not lock in bad quality/design. Can get array built in bios but every time i go to windows and try to format the unit crashes. Searched and found updates but that made it worse. pclink 2 kept dropping out when Windows starts. Tried to call tech support but you get voice mail and they didnt call back. spent too many hours as it is. Bought Areca raid card for 8 drives and ripped out boards so it just holds and powers the drives.
Other Thoughts: Do'nt try to do raid with a rocket raid 622 card.
Reviewed By:tkok,3/25/2015 1:06:09 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month. Did you find this review helpful?
Pros: Worked very well when it was operative. Loved the unit when working.
Cons: After about 1 month of operation, when I shut down the computer, the drives would get corrupted requiring me to do a chkdsk at startup. This worked about 3 times when finally the drive was corrupted beyond chkdsk's ability to repair. Having to use data recovery software to get back my data since the 2nd drive was my backup drive and it was corrupted also.
Other Thoughts: I can only attribute my problem to this device because Windows hadn't been updated nor were the corrupted drives defective. To me, everything points to the enclosure.
Reviewed By:Dave,3/23/2015 12:09:26 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Supports RAID 50 which compared to RAID 5 has double the fault tolerance and double the RAID-based speed gains, but only 85.7% the space utilization.
Have had several drive failures due to intense use and it has rebuilt successfully every time.
Cons: Does not actually support RAID 5 across all 8 drives. Only across each layer of 4 drives.
Additionally, I have an issue where file transfer rates are EXTREMELY slow. And there is a 3-5 second pause after each file when transferring groups of large files. This is without a doubt my biggest complaint as I would never use RAID 5 across 8 drives anyway. All drives were tested independently and came up perfectly fine so it's a problem with the unit. One other I recommended the product to does not have this issue, so I may build another unit as my 8x3 TB is needing a serious capacity increase.
Other Thoughts: Main complaint seems to be the lack of support for 8 drive RAID 5. I agree this strikes me somewhat as false advertising, but on the other hand, there is no reason whatsoever that would prompt me or anyone conscious of data integrity to stripe one drive parity across 8 drives.
Reviewed By:N/A,3/22/2015 7:17:58 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product more than 1 year. Did you find this review helpful?
Cons: This is the second unit I have purchased, I have returned both they would not work even with the recommended DNLA application. Technical support was almost non-existant, they were unable to solve the problem. The sales person helped, but when referred to the technician he never responded.
Reviewed By:Arthur,3/19/2015 3:12:39 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: Solid construction, tool free setup, individual hard drive tray/caddies and very quiet. Great design and wonderful idea...
Cons: Hard drive recognition is random. I started with two 4TB hdd's with room to add two more later. Only recognized 1, swapped 1 and 2, recognized original 1 in 2 (4 spaces from top to bottom, top tray = 1 etc). Placed 2 in 1 and it was recognized! Replaced 1 in 1 and 2 in 2, only 1 was recognized! Dip switches were appropriately positioned, again and again. I'll have to dream up something to do with this backup device as my wife threw the box away. I'll try different size and brand hdd's. I installed and experimented with two 4TB Toshiba hdd's.
Other Thoughts: Boat anchor? I ain't got a boat. Paperweight? I've gone paperless, that's the reason for the backup drive.
Reviewed By:Rodney,3/12/2015 4:10:22 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.