Posts Tagged ‘RAID’

Looking at the title one can immediately notice this is not a CPU, GPU, or motherboard. Though it may resemble a coffee maker just a bit, it certain isn’t! All joking aside we have an External HDD enclosure from Vantec, the NexStar HX4R, to look at today. The enclosure offers several levels of RAID and the ability to hold up to four HDD’s and up to 16TB of data. Let’s take a closer look!

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External hard drive adapters are essential disaster recovery or troubleshooting devices for do-it-yourself and professional repairs alike. However, there are many folks out there using these temporary solutions as “more than temporary.” Luckily, hard drive docks like the HighPoint RocketStor 5322 are durable enough to be utilized in many different capacities while still giving you easy access to your data.

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Today, we have a product from a company typically associated with the server and business market, HighPoint Technologies, Inc. What we’ll be taking a look at in this article is their RocketCache 3240×8; a product for combining multiple SSDs and HDDs into high performance, high capacity storage solutions.

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This is a PCI Express based RAID card made by LSI for Dell. It is normally found in their PowerEdge servers. The RAID card will fit in any PCI Express video card slot that is physically and electrically 8x. There are two SFF-8484 connectors at the top to give a total of eight SATA or SAS hard drives. There is also a DDR2 slot that is used for the “Write Back Cache”.

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Mechanical hard drives are still the slowest part of our computers.  While SSDs are becoming more popular, not many can afford them.  Those who still like to pay about 10 cents per gigabyte will continue to buy mechanical-type hard drives. That said; let’s get right into the meat and potatoes of this article. All mechanical […]

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