Wednesday, April 6th 2011

Sharkoon Announces Two New USB 3.0 and eSATA Compatible RAID Enclosures

Sharkoon presents two external SATA RAID cases in a stylish, black metal design, which allows multifunctional configuration possibilities for a fail-safe hard drive system. The Sharkoon 2-Bay RAID Box offers two lockable Hot Swap bays for 3.5 inch SATA hard drives, each with up to 3 Terabyte storage capacity. The inserted data medium can be operated in RAID level 0, 1 or JBOD. The desired mode can be selected through a switch on the case's front. Blue LEDs display operation, data transfer and the selected RAID mode. Cooling is ensured by the 70mm fan on the backside. For external connection, the 2-Bay RAID Box provides a USB3.0 interface. The case measures 215 x 130 x 120 mm (L x W x H) and weighs 1926 grams. An instruction manual, power cable, USB3.0 cable and two keys are provided within shipping.

For the connection of larger hard drives, the Sharkoon 5-Bay RAID box is suitable with five 3.5 inch SATA bays. The integrated RAID Controller supports Array Mode 0, 1, 3, 5, 10 and JBOD. Configuration takes place on the backside of the case. Two additional 60mm fans are also located there. The Sharkoon 5-Bay RAID Box can connect to a computer either through USB3.0 or over eSATA. The case measures 265 x 130 x 185 mm (L x W x H) and weighs 3470 grams. The shipping contents are identical to the 2-Bay version, however an eSATA cable is included.

End customers can find the Sharkoon RAID Boxes available in authorized retailers.

Price:
  • Sharkoon 2-Bay RAID Box: 87.90 euros
  • Sharkoon 5-Bay RAID Box: 194.90 euros
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3 Comments on Sharkoon Announces Two New USB 3.0 and eSATA Compatible RAID Enclosures

#1
Wile E
Power User
So, when connecting over eSata, the host computer still views it as a single drive? No need for a port multiplier capable controller?

ANd what kind of rebuild options are there for a 5 drive raid 5 setup?
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#2
Sasqui
by: Wile E
So, when connecting over eSata, the host computer still views it as a single drive? No need for a port multiplier capable controller?

ANd what kind of rebuild options are there for a 5 drive raid 5 setup?
Answer to first question... there's a bridge controller that makes it appear as one drive to the host.

Second question... looks like it'll only do a rebuild when first setting it up, or if there is a defective drive detected, or perhaps if you swap out a drive? (not clear on that last one):

See item 5 in the PDF here:

http://www.sharkoon.com/sites/default/files/ddblock/nid-1805/images/manual_en_15995.pdf
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#3
Saidrex
This is great. Wish i could have one of these, they even have usb3.
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