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NORCO DS-500

NORCO DS-500
alaScore 78

6 reviews

Jul, 2014

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Norco DS-500

 

If every other external enclosure we've reviewed has been a Chevy Nova, then Norco's DS-500 external SATA storage, um, block is easily a Humvee. For this device not only performs solidly but also weighs as much as everyone's favorite urban assault...

Setting this enclosure up is ridiculously simple--and the included software makes it even easier to use

Five hard-drives in one enclosure--it's hard to believe that the built-in fan is fully cooling them. Oh, it's a bit on the pricy side too

If money’s no object, the DS-500 should suit your storage needs perfectly. Stick five drives in there, and it could even double as a wheel stop for your jet.

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NORCO DS-500 5 Bay eSATA RAID Hard Drive Storage Array - OEM

 

The RAID on the controller card is SOFTWARE RAID. So, spanning is easier done and managed with Windows dynamic disks. I bought a HARDWARE RAID controller card from another vendor (search "2304"). Currently have a RAID 5 array with 5x 500GB drives.

sturdy case. keeps drives cool. packaged controller card works great for JBOD

power supply fan is loud

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Power does not come on after power failure

 

I'm having a problem after a power failure where the unit stays off and has to be manually turned back on.

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Easy Setup

 

very easy to set up.

no alerts if a drive goes bad.

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Good to Go

 

Out of the box, you can install the eSATA card, plug the cable up and start adding drives.

Didnt read all the instructions.

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Good to Go

 

Read the instructions on the CD, very short, the CD is bootable!! I was going to buy a home NAS, but I think this was way better, the extra drive bay (5 instead or 4 compaired to most NASs) adds room to grow.

Out of the box, you can install the eSATA card, plug the cable up and start adding drives. If you are planing on doing software Raid or JBOD then no other configs are needed. It's configured for that out of the box ; Anyone could buy this and turn a...

Didnt read all the instructions...so when you install the card, it auto-detects the Raid portion of the card and want to install the drivers, however it is not set up for hardware raid until after you flash the cards BIOS. So if you donot want to go...

Product Specifications

NORCO DS-500 external SATA (eSATA) Storage Array RAID Subsystem with built-in Port Multiplier and eSATA host interface, supports both 1.5 Gb/s and 3Gb/s Serial ATA transfer rates. Connected to a eSATA PCI-X/PCI card, this subsystem gives your more than 10 times the data transfer speed of an average Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and massive hard drive space capability. It supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, JBOD functions, providing a protected, easy to manage, cost-effective storage solution.

Cabinet (Chassis)

Supported Devices / Modules Qty:5

Cabinet (Chassis)

Supported Devices / Modules Qty:5

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.5in
Height:11in
Width:6.8in

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Norco Technologies
Model:DS-500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:NORCO

Storage

HDD Array External Interface:Serial ATA-300
HDD Array External Interface Class:Serial ATA
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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