Review: Sans Digital TowerRAID TR8M-B 8 Bay JBOD Enclosure
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Reviewed by Ryan McLaughlin on 04/09/2009
Editors' rating: 8.5/10
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  • Jose

    Does the TowerRAID TR8M-B come with the RAID software for Linux?

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    • LBG

      The eSATA card is supported under Linux as a SATA interface card.

      For RAID I believe they intend you to use the software RAID capabilities already built in to the Linux kernel – no sense in reinventing the wheel. Linux supports RAID 1/3/4/5/6/10/50/60 and just about any other combination of those you can think of natively. Great for a big file server!

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  • Jeff

    Did you try hooking it up with 2 eSata to USB adapters? Curious to see if it would work or not.

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    • I did not try that configuration. Since it comes with a 2x eSATA PCI card I just used that for the best performance. I would assume that since USB is slower than eSATA you would experience a reduction in performance.

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      • Jeff

        I understand the performance would be slower but I have a iMac and cant install the pci card and have no eSata slots so i wanted to convert to USB. Think it would work?

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        • No, I don’t think it will work. When I tested the unit I originally tried plugging it into one of the eSata slots that are built into my desktop, but it only showed one drive. I was not able to see all the drives until I installed the PCI card. So I think there is some essential hardware in the PCI card.

          Since you are using an Apple computer you may want to consider something like the Axus FiT 300 or even the iStoragePro Tower. Both of these device are designed to work with USB and Apple computers.

          Good luck and please let use know what you decide.

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  • John U

    Could the Top half be plugged into one PC while the bottom is plugged into another? (i.e. i want to plug 4 drives into my HP mediasmart server and 4 drives into my desktop all right next to eachother).

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    • Technically yes, but you will probably need a RAID controller in each machine. Like I said above, when I tried plugging this directly into one of the eSata ports on my desktop I could only see one drive. I could not see multiple drives until I installed the PCIe adapter that comes with it. This means their is a port multiplier, RAID controller, or some other hardware on the adapter that is required for full functionality.

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  • John U

    I would be using the included PCI-e card in my desktop and the HP EX470 i have supports port multipliers (but only 4 bays) sounds like this is a better solution than 2 TR4Ms since the server/desktop are rght next to eachother.

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  • Bill R

    If I connected this to one of my computers to act as a central movie server would it be able to stream movies to other computers. Is it fast enough. Note: I can do this now with the computer I have in mind to attach the tower on. Also I am guessing on my home network it could be seen as one folder with all my movies in it. Trying to make it simple for my yourger kids to click a shortcut folder on there laptops to play a movie. I have never used a NAS but this looks close and cheaper.
    Thanks for any help you may have.

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    • Because it uses eSATA, and if you install good drives, it should be just as fast as your internal drives. If you use RAID 0 it could be faster.

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      • Bill R

        I just did a check to make sure I had a PCI-E slot which comes with one of the offers on line, and I think I am good to go. Thank you for the information

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  • Roy K

    Do you know if the 8-Bay enclosure will work with the HP MediaSmart Server 495? It is my understanding that the MS Server can only be extended to 5 additional drives. I would love to be able to increase my storage space with this enclosure.

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  • John u

    The enclosure uses 2 esata ports 1 for each set of 4 drives so unless the 495 has 2 ports you will only be able to use 4 of the 8 drives.

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Review: Sans Digital TowerRAID TR8M-B 8 Bay JBOD Enclosure, reviewed by Ryan McLaughlin on 2009-04-09T10:49:34+00:00 rating 8.5 out of 10