Addonics Disk Array 4SA - AE4RCS35NSA

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Great product, one drawback

by J Marsh on 8/13/2007

I bought this item to build a RAID 5 array into a mini-tower server, powered on a Fasttrak 4310 SATA card. I didn't go for the five bay system, because once you jump from 4 SATA ports to 5, you've entered another league in terms of RAID card costs. The casing is aluminum, and doesn't feel as sturdy as one might like, although this turns out not to be an issue after installation. If you have a case that uses drive rails, like some of the Antec line, you may have a bit of difficulty getting it secured by more than a rail or two on each side. Once it's in the case, it's in there, though. Make sure you check the depth of your drive bays against the depth of the unit, though. The power cable consolidation scheme works well, and it comes with a range of pigtails to get you powered up. After sticking 3 500 GB drives in the unit (Seagate 7200.9 series), my fears of noise due to the light aluminum casing disappeared. As for the drawback... You *must* use the twist lock mechanism on the drive bays. The levers are spring loaded, and if you swipe one on accident without the locking mechanism engaged, you've just disconnected a drive. Stick it in a case with a door over the drive bays, and the risk decreases further.

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Product Overview

Addonics Disk Array 4SA system makes implementing sophisticated RAID technology into any computer as simple as counting 1,2,3. Designed to accommodate up to four 3.5" Serial ATA hard drives, each hard drive can be easily secured inside or removed from the Disk Array rack with the simple aluminum drive drawer.

Specifications

Manufacturer Addonics
Mfg Part# AE4RCS35NSA
SKU 10361867
UPC 605242955424
UPC 14 00605242955424
Features
Drive Interface Serial ATA
Product Type Drive Enclosure
Manufacturer Part Number AE4RCS35NSA
Manufacturer Addonics Technologies
Product Name Disk Array 4SA
Brand Name Addonics
Number of Total Expansion Bays 4
Number of 3.5" Bays 4
Package Contents Disk Array 4SAUser guide
Compatibility PC/AT or Compatible System
Color Black / Gray
Height 5"
Width 5.8"
Depth 8"
Cooling Fan Yes
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Tech Specs
Interfaces/Ports 4 x 7-pin Serial ATA Serial ATA
Product Type Storage Enclosure
Manufacturer Part Number AE4RCS35NSA
Manufacturer Website Address www.addonics.com
Manufacturer Addonics Technologies
Product Name Disk Array 4SA
Brand Name Addonics
Additional Information Construction material: Aluminum on frame and drive drawer Point to point connection, no cabling needed to install the hard drive into the drive drawer Power switch/LED indicator and over temperature buzzer alarm Fan switch/LED indicator and failure buzzer alarm Power switch/LED for each hard drive
Package Contents Disk Array 4SA User guide
Compatibility PC/AT or Compatible System
Certifications & Standards Full Serial ATA 1.0
System Requirements PC/AT or Compatible System Serial ATA ports Three free 5 1/4" drive bays in one stack Pentium or greater Minimum 32 MB RAM 10 MB minimum free hard disk space
Dimensions 4.96" Height x 5.75" Width x 7.95" Depth
Weight (Approximate) 3.25 lb
Bays Required 3 x 5.25"Front Accessible
Color Black / Gray
Security Features Innovative lock and handle for each drive drawer
Data Transfer Rate 18.75 MBps
Drive Support 4
Platform Support PC / Unix
Bays 4 x 3.5"Internal Hot-swappable
Case Style Removable Drive Drawer
Drive Type 4 x Serial ATA (7-pin) Hot-swappable
Fan System 1 x 80 mm
LBA Support 48-bit
Standard Warranty 1 Year
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Great product, one drawback by J Marsh on Aug 13, 2007

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