Cavalry 2TB CADA USB/eSATA 2-bay RAID Disk Array for PC

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Ease of Use
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The box came, cables got hooked up, booted up the box. Then an annoying and persistent buzzer-like noise came from the box which didn't stop until I turned it off. I then read the instructions more carefully and decided the software installation was necessary. When that was done, the box booted up finally without the noise. BUT. The software detected that 1 of the 2 drives needed rebuilding, with the remaining drive apparently in RAID1 (SAFE) configuration instead of the stated Spanning (BIG). So now I'm the 3+ hour process of the software rebuilding the remaining drive.(although this duration might have been reduced if I had a USB 2.0 card on my computer) As for performance and stability... well, I'll have to see.

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Ignore the pre-configured statement. This is not exactly plug-n-play. As another reviewer stated, plan a waiting a few hours for the array to rebuild before use. Other than that, it's great. I'm using it in RAID 1 for nightly backups with Novosofts' Handy Backup (best backup software anywhere) and it's holding everything like it should.

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Pre-configured isn't exactly true

on 1/20/2009

The box came, cables got hooked up, booted up the box. Then an annoying and persistent buzzer-like noise came from the box which didn't stop until I turned it off. I then read the instructions more carefully and decided the software installation was necessary. When that was done, the box booted up finally without the noise. BUT. The software detected that 1 of the 2 drives needed rebuilding, with the remaining drive apparently in RAID1 (SAFE) configuration instead of the stated Spanning (BIG). So now I'm the 3+ hour process of the software rebuilding the remaining drive.(although this duration might have been reduced if I had a USB 2.0 card on my computer) As for performance and stability... well, I'll have to see. Read More

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Too early to tell...

by M. Evans on 1/25/2009

I ordered two of these, about a week apart. The first one arrived on time and works flawlessly. A little noisy, but performance is excellent. The 2nd unit arrived as promised, but I had to return it. One of the hard drives did not work. It will be at least a week before I receive the replacement....so only time will tell. Read More

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Product Overview

The CADA-SA2 Series offers an unbeatable combination of RAID data protection, 3.0Gbit/sec eSATA speed and a vast storage capacity of 2TB (1TB mirrored). This dual-bay disk array features swappable hard disks and a built-in RAID controller. The unit arrives preconfigured in RAID 1 to protect your important data—if one drive fails, replace it with an identical drive and the data will automatically rebuild.

Leave it in RAID 1 mode for automatic background rebuilding and optimum security for your files, or configure to RAID 0 for increased data reading and writing speeds. Factory default is RAID 1 GUI mode, but also supports RAID levels 0, 1 and 0+1(safe 33/safe 50). Its SATA interface provides a faster boot process and quicker loading of programs and data. Ideal for saving hefty files, video, music, protecting databases or working directly on the drive, it delivers high-capacity performance and data security.

The unit is factory pre-configured in RAID 1 and ready to use out of the box. Install the easy-to-use RAID configuration software and the included SATA to eSATA bracket kit to take full advantage of the incredible set of features.

***For our Mac users we offer our CADT series that comes pre-formatted to Mac OS extended journaled.

Specifications

Manufacturer Cavalry
Mfg Part# CADA002SA2-B
SKU 206805170
UPC 094922820723
UPC 14 00094922820723
Features
2TB in RAID 0 (1TB mirrored)
Supports RAID Levels 0, 0+1, and 1
Plug & Play for Windows 2000 and newer in GUI mode
Automatic background rebuilding (in RAID 1)
Transfer rate of 3.0Gbps (eSATA) & 480Mbps (USB 2.0)
LED indicator
Black aluminum case with large 2” fan
SAFE/50 = RAID 1 @ 50%; RAID 0 @ 50%
SAFE/33 = RAID 1 @ 33%; RAID 0 @ 66%
Friendly, unlimited, domestic, and free customer/tech support which extends beyond limited warranty
Tech Specs
Specifications
USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible) and eSATA interface
Dimensions: 5” x 3” x 7.75”
Weight: 7.1lbs
Package Includes
Two 1TB 3.5" SATA II hard drives inside an dual bay aluminum USB 2.0/ eSATA enclosure
USB 2.0 cable
eSATA cable
eSATA bracket
Power adaptor
Resources CD
Systems Requirements
USB port or eSATA port
Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 / XP / Vista
CD-ROM drive (to load installation CD)
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