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RAID - Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives - is a method of using multiple hard drives together to provide larger capacity, higher speed access and / or data protection through redundancy. RAID can be accomplished through software, or it can be controlled by specialized hardware.

There are several levels of RAID:
RAID 0 or "striping" creates one large volume out of two hard drives by alternating data writes between the two drives. This provides faster access, because the duties are shared between the two hard drives. RAID 0 also has a higher risk of failure, because there is no redundancy, and if there is an error on either of the two drives, all the data on both drives can be lost.

RAID 1 or "mirroring" creates two identical drives, mirrors of each other, whatever is written to the main drive is also immediately written to the mirror drive. This protects against a hardware failure of one drive. RAID 1 is not a substitute for a data backup plan however, because whatever is done to the data on the main drive (such as accidental deletion, file corruption or virus damage) is also done to the mirror. As with RAID 0, RAID 1 is intended to work with two identical hard drives. RAID 1 gives you a net volume size of 1/2 of the space of the two drives - for example two 500 GB drives in RAID 1 would give a 500 GB volume.

RAID 5 and other levels of RAID use three or more drives to provide a mixture of striping for speed, and redundancy for safety. In a RAID 5 array, one drive out of the set is used as a checksum drive, which provides the information so that if any one of the drives in the RAID array fails, the data can be rebuilt onto a replacement drive. The usable size of a RAID 5 array depends on how many drives are in the set, for example if four 500 GB drives are used, one of them will be the checksum drive, so the size of the RAID volume will be 1,500 MB.

Multi-bay drive enclosures don't have to be used as a RAID array, they can be used simply as individual disks. This is a good approach for data backup and for large projects like graphics, audio and video. Our removeable-cartridge enclosures from Firmtek, Sonnet, Raidon and Wiebetech allow you to swap individual drives in and out, so a backup can be made and carried offsite, and major projects can have their own dedicated hard drive. This allows for virtually infinite storage, you can add more drives as you need them.




Legacy products


DRIVE ENCLOSURES and accessories

Legacy Products

RAID Storage Solutions (plus check out drives for these enclosures)
SansDigital DISONTINUED TowerRAID up to 8 x 3.5in SATA HDD ENCLOSURE - eSATA (Port Multiplier) Max capacity 24TB RAID Level: RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, Spanning and JBOD via Bundled RR622 RAID Controller Card PCIe 2.0 x1 3.5 External SATA ESATA Enclosure TR8M+B

$ 474 Call to confirm price and availability
SansDigital TowerRAID 4 BAY, 4 x 3.5in SATA or SAS HDD ENCLOSURE -1 MiniSAS connector 3.5 External Mini-SAS USB2.0/ESATA Enclosure TR4X+B

$ 360 Call to confirm price and availability
SansDigital TowerRAID 8 BAY, 4 x 3.5in SATA or SAS HDD ENCLOSURE -2 MiniSAS connectors 3.5 External Mini-SAS USB2.0/ESATA Enclosure TR8X+B

$ 600 Call to confirm price and availability
SansDigital RAID 2 BAY, 2 x 3.5in SATA USB3 and eSATA HDD ENCLOSURE, RAID 0/1/JBOD 3.5 External SATA/USB USB3.0/ESATA Enclosure MR2UT+B

$ 173 Usually in stock
SansDigital TowerRAID 4 BAY, RAID 0/1/5/1+0 up to 4 x 3.5in SATA HDD ENCLOSURE - eSATA (Port Multiplier) with PCI-e 4lane Port Multiplier eSATA card Max capacity 8TB (4 * 2TB Hard drives) 3.5 External SATA USB2.0/ESATA Enclosure TR4M6G

$ 260 Call to confirm price and availability
SansDigital TowerRAID up to 8 x 3.5in SATA HDD ENCLOSURE - eSATA (Port Multiplier) Max capacity 48TB RAID Level: RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 5+spare, Spanning and JBOD via Bundled RR642 RAID Controller Card PCIe 2.0 x1 3.5 External SATA ESATA Enclosure TR8M6G

$ 474 Call to confirm price and availability
20 Drobo DROBO 5D 20TB 5 Bay Storage Array Serial ATA/600 Controller RAID Supported 2Thunderbolt 2, USB3, W 5x 4TB HDDs and 128GB mSATA, Desktop Special order 3.5 External DRDR5A21-T-20TB

$ 2401 Call to confirm price and availability
15 Drobo DROBO 5D 15TB 5 Bay Storage Array Serial ATA/600 Controller RAID Supported 2Thunderbolt 2, USB3, W 5x 3TB HDDs and 128GB mSATA, Desktop Special order 3.5 External DRDR5A21-T-15TB

$ 2137 Call to confirm price and availability
16 Drobo DROBO 5D3 16TB 5 Bay Storage Array Serial ATA/600 Controller RAID Supported 2 Thunderbolt 3, USB3.0 Type C, W 4x 4TB HDDs and 128GB mSATA, Desktop Special order 3.5 External DRDR6A21-16TB

$ 2058 Call to confirm price and availability
Firmtek External Enclosure Kits: Enclosure & Cables (More Firmtek Products)



Enclosure availability and pricing can change without notice.

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CF Cards, SmartMedia SM cards, MultiMedia Cards (MMC & RMMC) Secure Digital (SD, SDHC), MiniSD, MicroSD, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Duo, Pro, MagicGate, Transflash, XD Picture card, ATA Flash, USB Card readers. For Agfa, Canon, Casio, Epson, Fuji, H-P, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Ricoh, Sony, many other brands.

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