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NORCO DS-1220

NORCO DS-1220
alaScore 77

33 reviews

Dec, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of NORCO DS-1220. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the NORCO DS-1220 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 33 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for NORCO DS-1220

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of NORCO DS-1220 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

0% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Expert review by:

PC Pro: Product Reviews: Ultimate Storage Norco DS-1220

 

Not the most elegant of storage solutions, but this rack-mount DAS appliance offers good eSATA performance and plenty of storage for the price

Consumer review by:

Not bad for the money

 

I purchased two of these units, one is actually the older DS-1200 and the other is the DS-1220. They're basically identical with the difference being in the two LED's on the chassis; the older model has the LED's in a vertical layout. The issues I've...

Lots of drive bays, the bundled controller card has a SiL chipset, RAID 0 performance is very fast, low cost

Slow customer support response time, documentation really poor, single power supply, release handle can easily break if you don't use their "tool" (a small screwdriver that you poke in the release hole), backplane subject to power spikes and surges if...

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Not bad for the money

 

I purchased two of these units, one is actually the older DS-1200 and the other is the DS-1220. They're basically identical with the difference being in the two LED's on the chassis; the older model has the LED's in a vertical layout.

Lots of drive bays, the bundled controller card has a SiL chipset, RAID 0 performance is very fast, low cost.

Slow customer support response time, documentation really poor, single power supply, release handle can easily break if you don't use their "tool" (a small screwdriver that you poke in the release hole), backplane subject to power spikes and surges if...

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Fantastic Bargain, with caveats...

 

At this price point, nothing can touch the Norco DS-1220. Period. Sure, the grade of the plastic for the lock handles is marginals, and the metal guides for drive tray insertion are a little dodgy, but at this PRICE... there is no alternative. Look to...

Outstanding throughput (via eSATA and 133 MHz PCI-X card) and RAID5 advantages... I have installed these arrays at more than 10 clients' sites, and they are all working perfectly (OpenBSD, Windows Server 2003, linux, Macintosh). You cannot build a five...

1. You *must* have a profound understanding of your operating system, drivers, I/O, bus limitations and JBOD and RAID options. Otherwise, this unit is not going to be a solution for you.

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Don't buy, period.

 

I bought this unit because I thought that large array RAID5 had finally come to the desktop for an affordable price, but I was wrong. Instead of having RAID5 add reliability to my data, it's been scrambled by a shoddy product. Something in this product...

Cheap. Lots of drive bays.

Unreliable, pain to work with, poor product support (drivers and BIOS), incompatible with everything, etc. It looks like a good deal, but save your money.

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Dont buy if you need technical support!

 

Like the other reviews have stated, the connectors are kind of hit or miss on the back. Overall it worked fine for a while, but once things go bad with this device, they go REALLY BAD. Beware.

It's got a lot of drive bays.

I ran this device for about 7 months and for the most part it worked great. Then one day I unplugged it and plugged it back in and now it only sees 5 of my 10 drives. I called Norco and their "tech support" is only one guy who doesnt seem to understand...

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Working well so far

 

I tried benchmarking the raid5 as soon as I partitioned it and gave it a drive letter, and it got horrible scores, so I messed with it for a few days before realizing that it brings up the live filesystem, but then it continues to do a format or...

Raid 5 with 7 empty spots left. PCI-X card for good throughput. Works in Windows Server 2008 64-bit edition. Hot swap works perfectly. Benchmarks about 2x a normal drive using HDTach.

Driver installation and setup was not as clear as it could have been, but it works. Initializing Raid5 on five 750gb drives (3tb) took 26 hours, but it did bring up the drive and do the initialization in the background. The notch in the PCI-X card...

Consumer review by:

Excellent Storage Solution

 

Recommend using the Norco 4629 PCI Express 8X card with this array.

Cost effective solution, good performance, quick setup. Excellent hardward for a software RAID implementation. Norco staff is friendly. VISTA and Windows Server 2008 Compatible

PCI-X card included -- PCI-X IS NOT PCI Express

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Which Controller?

 

I have a controller and can use a 2x sata to 2x esata pci bracket for the direct connections. I'd just like to know which controller comes with this unit from newegg currently and if it solves the bad reviews.

The first batch of Norco-4618 SATA host adapters utilized the Silicon Image SiI 3124-1CB364 controller chip which performs slower with striped RAID sets. However, all of the new Norco-4618 SATA host adapters utilize the SiI 3124-2CB364 controller which...

Which controller comes with the newegg model now? And is it better than the one that is getting the poor reviews here

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Awesome Buy

 

People who are saying the drives are difficult to remove, and install are foolish.

Excellent Buy.

the provided pci-x controller card is substandard, but when used with HighPoint RocketRAID 2314 PCI-e SATA II Controller Card, the speed will blow you away.

Product Specifications

NORCO's objective is to maintain its position as one of the leading manufacturers of computer products. NORCO is able to predict market trends accurately and introduce new products ahead of its competitors. The integration of the production process allows the company to exercise better control over the quality of its products. NORCO leverages from its manufacturing expertise and continues to move tirelessly into new areas of related business. PRODUCT FEATURES: 3U rack height; Very cost-effective near-line storage library; 4-port eSATA host interface; Supports up to twelve 3.5" SATA-I or SATA-II disk drives; Excellent cooling system ensuring the drives' reliability; Hot-swappable disk drive tray with special designed power-off and lock mechanism.

Cabinet (Chassis)

Supported Devices / Modules Qty:12

Cabinet (Chassis)

Supported Devices / Modules Qty:12

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:18.5in
Height:6.9in
Weight:33.1lbs
Width:19in

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Norco Technologies
Model:DS-1220
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:NORCO

Storage

HDD Array External Interface:Serial ATA-300
HDD Array External Interface Class:Serial ATA
Rack-mountable:Rack-mountable
Type:Hard drive array

Storage Controller

RAID Level:JBOD / RAID 0 / RAID 0+1 / RAID 1 / RAID 5
Supported Devices:Hard drive
Type:RAID

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None
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