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Sans Digital 4 Bay eSATA Port Multiplier JBOD Tower Storage Enclosure (no eSATA Card bundle) TR4M+BNC

  • SATA 150 & 300
  • 4 x Hot-Swappable 3.5" Drive Bays
  • JBOD (Hard drives are accessed individually)

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Sans Digital TowerRAID TR4M+BNC - Four-Bay eSATA Port Multiplier JBOD Tower

(No eSATA Card Bundled)

Features

Sans Digital

The TowerRAID TR4M+BNC is a compact JBOD tower utilizing the latest SATA II port multiplier technology, where one single eSATA cable connects to four SATA hard drives. Four hard drives can be implemented individually, providing instant storage expansion with ease.

Designed with easy installation in mind, the trayless TR4M+BNC allows instant setup by simply inserting the hard drives after opening the protective ventilating cover. Port Multiplier technology is widely available in current eSATA port, including home server, laptop and personal computer, and an optional port multiplier supported eSATA controller can be purchased separately for added performance and functionality, such as RAID application. TR4M+BNC supported in Windows, Linux and Mac, including storage expansion, home server applications as well as personal data backup.


 
Sans Digital


  • Supports PC, Linux and MAC OS, including Windows 7 and Snow Leopard
  • Access to four hard drives using only one cable
  • Drive interface: four 3.5" SATA I / SATA II
  • Supports port multiplier enabled RAID adapter for additional RAID application
  • Host interface: eSATA with Port Multiplier*

*SATA/eSATA port require support port multiplier in order for your computer to recognize multiple hard drive. Port multiplier supported eSATA port is required.

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What's in the Box

Sans Digital

Learn more about the SANS DIGITAL TR4M+BNC

Model

Brand
SANS DIGITAL
Series
TowerRAID
Model
TR4M+BNC

Details

Drive
SATA 1.5 & 3Gb/s
External I/O
eSATA (via Port Multiplier)
RAID Levels
JBOD (Hard drives are accessed individually)

Expansion

3.5" Drive Bays
4 x Hot-Swappable

System Management

OS Supported
Supports PC, Linux and MAC OS, including Windows 7 and Snow Leopard

Mechanical Spec

Power Supply
150W (115V - 230V Switchable)

Features

Features
Form Factor: Compact Tower

Maximum Capacity: 16TB

Host Interface & Transfer Rate:
eSATA (via Port Multiplier)
Note: *Port Multiplier supported eSATA port required.
*Please see Sans Digital eSATA port multiplier controller card selections.

Cooling Fan: 3.15" Ball Bearing Fan

Status Indicators: Power LED and 4 * Access LEDs

Accesses four hard drives using only one cable

Support port multiplier enabled RAID adapter for additional RAID application

* SATA/eSATA port require support port multiplier in order for your computer to recognize multiple hard drive. Port multiplier supported eSATA port is required.
** No eSATA card bundled

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
5.3" x 7.1" x 10.0"
Weight
5.9 lbs.

Package Contents

Package Contents
TR4M+BNC
Power Cord
eSATA Cable
Screws (1 set)
Quick Installation Manual
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the SANS DIGITAL TR4M+BNC

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  • N/A
  • 6/17/2015 4:21:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggspower supply died after 2 years

Pros: nice form factor, easy to use

Cons: power supply failed after 2 years, may have been due to power surge. power supply is NOT FUSED (design flaw in my opinion). i replaced one burnt 47ohm resistor on PS board, did not help. new PS is avail for $59.

Other Thoughts: the risk is yours. mine was on a Brickwall surge protector but this didn't help keep it from frying.

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  • Dolsey
  • 3/18/2015 6:29:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIt finally died.

Pros: Was cheap and worked great for a few years.

Cons: Power supply died.

Other Thoughts: As most of the negative reviews have mentioned, it's only a matter of time till the power supply dies. I also have the Rosewill version of this and it also has a bad power supply.

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  • Witmore
  • 3/12/2015 7:28:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorks for about a year

Pros: When it worked it worked well, a nice and quiet enclosure esata speeds were great to the system.

Cons: I had this for more then a year practically unused before it went into daily service so I hurt myself by running out the warranty. I finally built a project box with ESXi on it, and put some servers and used this as the storage. and occasionally it would report the drives were disconnecting and reconnecting, I thought it was because the drives were going bad, it wasn't until this unit powered off and wouldn't come back on did I take the drives out of the enclosure and put them in a separate esata dock to copy their data did I find the drives were fine the enclosure failed.

The room in my house this sits depending on if the door is closed or not hits temps of 80 and 85 degrees F, and that appears to be the times the unit would fail the most, so I am assuming with 4 7200rpm drives and warm, but not hot ambient temperature it can cause something to over heat. and shorten the life of this unit.

Other Thoughts: Do buy this unit if you are a hobbyist, or someone who only intends on having this powered on for 8 hours a day in a well air conditioned room etc.

Do not buy this if you want to build a home server or something else you intend to store important data on for more then a year.

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  • Skyline94
  • 1/23/2015 2:55:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOverall trash

Pros: For while it worked picked up nicely on Win7 pro, 4 WD Black Drives speed was a little slower then advertised but not a whole lot.

Cons: After about 1 year, different dives would just drop off and the whole box would need to be power cycled. then ports just stopped working even after trying with different HDs all together. Sans Digital support was basically useless after waiting 30+ minutes to speak with a person.

Other Thoughts: I bought 2 of these boxes within 6 months of each other... 1 is completely dead. the other 2 of the 4 bays work. Would not recommend this or would i purchase another one.

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  • JustAnotherReviewer
  • 1/19/2015 8:29:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible

Pros: None

Cons: Very bad experience. Drives kept dropping out and freezing my system on both Windows and FreeBSD. I have eliminated my eSATA controller and cables as possible causes. Had to pay a hefty return shipping fee and when I got the unit back it had the same problem. Never again!

Other Thoughts: Would give zero rating if possible. Sent defective item for warranty replacement and got it back in the exact same state. Of course now the warranty has conveniently expired, so I am left with a useless piece of junk and they have my money.

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  • dopperpod
  • 1/16/2015 7:05:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsbuilt to be replaced

Pros: I was running an array of 4 disks for the last 2.5 years without any problems.

Cons: I lost power a couple days ago, and despite being hooked up to a UPS which gracefully shut down the array and its server, the unit will no longer power up. Apparently there is a non-serviceable fuse, so I will have to put the HDDs into my desktop to retrieve my data.

In the future, I will not be buying these built-to-fail-and-replace units. I had a similar Rosewill one previously (whose PSU also failed). Not only is it cheaper to just put HDDs in a standard PC case, but also more reliable. It's simply not worth the space savings to keep a Shuttle and one of these pieces of junk.

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  • Bill
  • 12/30/2014 10:49:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid, Get iStarUSA Unit Instead

Pros: Price

Cons: Unreliable.

Other Thoughts: I was using this as JOBD for Linux RAID and found this enclosure very flaky with Ubuntu 12 LTS. Something would glitch and cause MD partitions to be marked as faulty. I ended up replacing the disks and even the new disks had the same issue. After becoming very proficient with forcing RAID rebuilds under Linux due to almost daily failures, I finally replaced the unit with the iStarUSA v7AGE420-ES. Using the same disks and eSATA card, the iStarUSA has been very reliable without a single issue over the last month.

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  • factfinder
  • 12/22/2014 1:36:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStorage for Storage

Pros: Simple set up, recognized by computer through eSATAII connection. Reduced space four external HDD to space equivalent of two. which were cluttering my desk space. Replaced four USB connectors with one esata connector.

Cons: Will cost additional money to purchase and esata card with port multiplier capability. Only one of 4 HDD are recognized on the standard (non-multiplier) port.

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  • Barnacules
  • 10/27/2014 8:10:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWatch out for power outages

Pros: Allows you to easily connect 4 sata drives to your system via eSATA

Cons: Power supply is horrible, it blew out on one of my units after a few months of use. Won't power on at all and non serviceable fuse so it's a throw away at this point.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your purchase of our product.

I am sorry to hear about the failed PSU, it should not have failed so soon, it’s possible there was a defect in this particular PSU.

To discuss your case further, please call 1-800-980-1988 to get in touch with one of our Technical Engineers, or email us at tech@sansdigital.com.

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  • SimonYel
  • 10/13/2014 5:07:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVery poor

Pros: Rather cheap solution if compared to NAS devices and other JBODs.

Cons: Have had two of these already and both died right at two year mark. They use terrible power supplied and sell replacements for the cost of a brand new unit. I've lost faith in this brand, definitely not getting a third one.

Other Thoughts: You can usually tell the quality of device by how long the warranty is. If company knows or believes in the quality of their product they will give you better then 1-year warranty.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing our Sans Digital product.

I apologize for the inconvenience this issue has caused, given how long the enclosures have been active, it’s likely overheating may have caused the PSU’s to fail. With any enclosure, it is recommended to routinely rid the enclosure and PSU of dust and store the enclosure in a place with good air flow.

To discuss your case further, please call 1-800-980-1988 to get in touch with one of our Technical Engineers, or email us at tech@sansdigital.com.

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