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HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock

B&H # HIRS5212 MFR # ROCKETSTOR 5212
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Product Highlights
  • SATA Interface up to 6 Gb/s
  • 1 x Thunderbolt Port
  • 2 x Drive Bays
  • Up to 10 Gb/s Data Transfer Rate
  • Fits 2.5" & 3.5" SATA HDDs
  • Up to 4TB Drive Capacity per Bay
  • Hot-Swap / Hot-Plug Compatible

The RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock from High-Point Technologies features two drive bays capable of holding 2.5" and 3.5" SATA hard drives or solid state drives with a capacity of up to 4TB per bay. Once the drives are inserted, you can take advantage an interface supporting both SATA 3 Gb/s and SATA 6 Gb/s standards and capable of providing data transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s through the integrated Thunderbolt port located on the back of the storage dock. The drives can also be swapped out quickly and efficiently without the need to power down your system as this storage dock supports both hot swapping and hot plugging processes.

Fast 10 Gb/s Transfer Bandwidth
Thunderbolt technology delivers enhanced 10 Gb/s transfer bandwidth from a single connection.
High-Speed Companion for SATA SSDs
The RocketStor's unique architecture ensures optimal performance for each SATA bay: ideal for dual-SSD configurations.
One Size Fits All
The modular SATA bays were designed to support various combinations of 3.5" and 2.5" SATA SSDs and hard drives.
4TB Per Bay
The RocketStor 5212 supports all industry standard SATA HDDs and SSDs up to 4TB capacity.
Ideal for Desktop and Workstation Environments
The RocketStor 5212 is a high-performance external storage solution for MacBook portables, iMac, and Mac mini systems with built-in Thunderbolt connectivity.
Specifications
Compliance Thunderbolt to 6 Gb/s / 3 Gb/s SATA compliant
Number of Ports 1
Number of Bays 2
Data Transfer Rate Max up to 10 Gb/s
Compliance SATA 3.0 / 2.0
Drive Interface Up to SATA 6 Gb/s
Compatible Drives 2.5" & 3.5" SATA hard disk and solid state drives
Max. Drive Capacity Up to 4TB per bay
Hot Swappable Yes
Hot Plug Yes
Buttons RocketStor 5212 Power LED: emits blue light when powered on
LEDs Individual drive active per bay
Operating System
Operating System Support Mac OS X
Platform Support MacBooks, iMacs and Mac platforms with Thunderbolt capability
Operating Conditions
Operating Temperature 32 to 122°F / 0 to 50°C
Non-Operating Temperature -4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
Power Input: 100-240 V AC
Output: DC +12V 4.17A
Material ABS plastic
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock
  • Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
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    HighPointRocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock
     
    4.6

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast connection (20)
    • Quiet (16)
    • Reliable (15)
    • Versatile (10)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

    • Flimsy construction (3)

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia (17)
    • Back-up (15)
    • Large projects (13)
    • Laptops (12)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (13), Multimedia professional (7), Tech professional (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (17), Personal (9)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    "Why you should get the RS5212

    As a storage profesional with over 20 years of experienced I was intrigued by this product. I needed fast external storage and my MacBook Pro has the TB port.

    I wondered...Read complete review

    As a storage profesional with over 20 years of experienced I was intrigued by this product. I needed fast external storage and my MacBook Pro has the TB port.

    I wondered if the some of the pitfalls from other reviewers were true. Since my job requires finding the truth I did some digging and research found some answers that lead me to purchase the RS5212. Three importants questions needed to be answered.

    First, was the RS5212 truely a ThunderBolt(TB) device? The answer is yes. The TB logo means the product is certified by Intel and Apple. Intel and Apple approves the product before it can get that TB seal of approval.

    Second, I will definetly purchase other TB products in the future but would a single TB connection on the RS5212 be a deal breaker. Turns out that is the way the product is designed, can't really fault it here besides I am looking into getting a TB hub or dock to add more devices.

    Third, what type of performance should I expect from the RS5212. Could a TB throughput be slower than USB 3.0? That would be unusal, according to my math, 10Gb/s TB beats USB 3.0 5Gb/s, thats based on the specification. Both I had to see and test for myself. Regardless of the device I was benchmarking (SSD or HDD) the TB connection does have higher performance than USB 3.0

    For any user looking for fast external storage you should get the RS5212, easy to intall and easy to setup.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Needs Improvement

    If you've got USB 3 and HDD, I think a Newer Voyager is a better investment for $37. This unit is manly for use with SSDs.

    Problems, in order of...Read complete review

    If you've got USB 3 and HDD, I think a Newer Voyager is a better investment for $37. This unit is manly for use with SSDs.

    Problems, in order of importance:

    #1: the circuitry in the unit gets very hot and this transfers to the drive making it hot to the touch. This is the first dock I've ever used that heats up the drive just from being inserted.

    #2: when your unmount your HDD from the desktop, the drive doesn't spin down.

    #3: no Thunderbolt cable is included (an extra $30-$40)

    #4: there is only one TB port, so you can't daisy chain the unit

    #5: there is no ON/OFF switch

    #6: Out of the box, using a Western Digital WD20ERFX Blackmagic Disk Speed Test reports slower performance than the Voyager Dock (the difference is negligible using HDD but it is slower).

    As an overall solution, I can't recommend it unless you are using SSD's to take advantage of the Thunderbolt speeds.

    Reviewed by 27 customers

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    4.0

    Descent dock for the price

    By Rolemodel1971

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Connectivity
    • Quiet
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

    • Backup
    • Laptops
    • Large Projects
    • Multimedia
    • Travel

    Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

    Its a descent dock for the price thunderbolt speeds with a nice ssd makes my mac boot way faster then it did new. I would be afraid it would break if I dropped it though.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Do

    By Keithg1957

    from Perth, Western Australia

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast Connectivity
    • Quiet
    • Reliable
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Laptops

      Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

      I'm suing the Thunderbolt Dock as additional storage space to my existing Thunderbolt Lacie drives, I already had spare hard drives to use in the dock, all daisychained together ensures high speed transfer rates. The RocketStor Thunderbolt Dock was very easy to install & use on my Mac, solid construction that will last. Regarding design faults with this dock, they should have installed a double Thunderbolt port on the unit, for daisychaining devices, & the dock should be supplied with a Thunderbolt cable as standard.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By MC Mechanic

      from Tampa, FL

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast Connectivity
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia

        Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

        Great piece of gear for my use as I'm coming from a Mac Pro tower
        & JBOD's to an iMac Thunderbolt. Works as advertised.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Excellent little drive bay

        By Aaron L

        from Jackson WY

        About Me Multimedia Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fast Connectivity
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Plastic Case

        Best Uses

        • Laptops
        • Large Projects
        • Multimedia

        Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

        In a word - it works! We received the drive bay, connected it with the B&H Thunderbolt cable, plugged in a WD black drive and had 90MB/s write and 100MB/s read according to Blackmagic speed test on a 2011 vintage iMac. It was nice that the drives came up instantly. We connected power, the thunderbolt cable and stuck a drive in. OS 10.9 recognized it instantly.It blows away the eSATA Sonnet 5-bay drive connected through a P34 to Thunderbolt system. That thing barely runs at 28MB/s. My USB3 WD Passports give me 48MB/s. I wish the case were more sound and that it covered more of the drive. It really looks like it was built for SSD based on the form factor. This isn't something I'd use in a tough field environment but at the desk, it's not too bad. The price is right, far below that of other way overpriced enclosures. Really should a 5-bay drive cost 6 bills? No, it should be priced at what this unit costs.Drive arrays are massively overpriced compared to all other electronics. But price for delivery, I'm happy we bought this. Once more reasonably priced arrays come up, we'll supplant this one but until then, it's working fine so far.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        Great SSD Dock

        By Mike Austin / KXSR

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Tech Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Connectivity
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Laptops
          • Large Projects

          Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

          Great dock to transfer your SS Drives via thunderbolt. Works with our samsung 512 SSD's. Wish the case was made of something other then plastic, but it works well for what it is - price was a little steam for a dock, but it is the only one on the market at the time of purchase at the lowest price.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Hi Speed SSD reader

          By Awakened Heart Productions

          from Dallas, TX

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                Thunderbolt SSD reader. one of my sad drives needs a solid tap to engage, but otherwise works great

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Fast and Efficient workflow addition

                By piersfh

                from New Zealand

                About Me Broadcast Editor, Editor, Multimedia Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Connectivity
                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Laptops
                  • Large Projects
                  • Multimedia
                  • Travel

                  Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                  This dock has far surpassed our expectations, we have used them for the last year and they have performed at a high level, handling our onsite solid state drives through to our 4TB seagate working drives. It has transformed our travel workflow meaning we can take less gear. More recently I used this dock with my laptop on a Red Dragon 6K project and again it performed as I expected a thunderbolt dock should. Excellent. The only downside is the lack of a built in fan for the longer periods of use.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  4.0

                  Cheap, fast

                  By Tim

                  from Philadelphia

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                        I use this for video editing with Premiere Pro CC. Currently, this dock is the cheapest way to transition from the Firewire 800 interface to Thunderbolt 1. Construction is good enough, a very simple design. One fairly cheap choice made by the designers is that they didn't bother to include a power button, which means I usually unplug this after ejecting the disk, to let it sit overnight (otherwise it will be spinning the HD all night, even when not in use). Also, it can get really hot, you might want to point a fan at it. At a third of the price of a robust, 4-bay enclosure like the Promise Pegasus line, you get what you pay for.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        3.0

                        Great for high speed data recoveries

                        By MacandPCRepairs

                        from Burleigh Heads, QLD - Australia

                        About Me Tech Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Connectivity

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Large Projects

                          Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                          Great for restoring system images to new drives in minutes, performing data recoveries or cloning drives. I do not like the light on the front which looks like a button and probably should be a power button but doesn't function as such. I would prefer the dock to have a second thunderbolt port to extend the chain further, but unfortunately this dock terminates the chain. It does function well, though my MacBook Pro had trouble recognising the dock and required several resets of the Parameter RAM (CMD+OPT+P+R) keys on startup before it functioned properly - this is not a problem of the dock, but a helpful tip for others experiencing issues with connections.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          HighPoint, High Value!!!

                          By kwolf22

                          from Riverside, CA

                          About Me Tech Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Fast Connectivity
                          • Quiet
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Laptops
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                            I purchased this product as part of a home backup solution, to work with a Mac Mini backup server. It worked great – no software or special configuration needed. Just plug in the hard drives, plugin in the power, then plug it into the Mac's Thunderbolt port. Suddenly I've got 8TB (2 4TB Hard drive – not included) of reliable high-speed storage. A few things to note with this product: 1) The hard drives plug into the top of the unit – like pieces of bread in an old-fashioned toaster – and about half of the bare drive is exposed. This wasn't completely obvious to me from the product's picture. 2) There's only one thunderbolt port – so you can't daisy chain multiple RocketStores together without a Thunderbolt hub. 3) Thunderbolt cable sold separately.

                            The ordering process at B&H went smooth, I received a tracking number and my order was delivered on time. Overall an A+ online shopping experience!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Perfect for motion design

                            By Bstall

                            from 46038

                            Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                            This dock is great for a motion designer. I am able to work off one and back up to the other. Backup time is extremely fast thanks to the thunderbolt connection.

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                            5.0

                            Super Copy Toaster!!

                            By Jordan

                            from Saratoga

                            About Me Multimedia Professional

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Fast Connectivity
                            • Quiet
                            • Reliable
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Laptops
                              • Large Projects
                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                              This 5212 Toaster indeed is a UNBEATABLE copy machine. I tried to copy 33GB of video from the 8bay highpoint 762 tower to a Samsung 840EVO SSD that installed in 5212 Toaster, the copy task completed in 56seconds. Surprisingly fast huh!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Highly suggest getting one!

                              By flyn_hawaiian

                              from Hawaii

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast Connectivity
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Drives Can Get Really Hot

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Large Projects
                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                              If you're running any Mac computer with Thunderbolt drive, this is a great investment. For the price of this storage dock and bare drives, you'll save quite a bit vs stacking up on separate external drives which usually run an average of $- for 1TB (YMMV).It's fast. I have a bunch of 3TB internal drives I buy online for about $.. so this thing is perfect for saving/archiving stuff and its fast enough to run FCP with work and project files on a caddy drive.

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                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              4.0

                              Thunderously fast

                              By Techweenie

                              from Saint Louis, Mo

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast

                              Cons

                              • Expensive

                              Best Uses

                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                              It's great to have a flexible dock with a Thunderbolt interface. It works. It's a little pricey, otherwise would be 5 stars.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              AWESOME!

                              By LMW

                              from Harrisburg, PA

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast Connectivity
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable
                              • SImple

                              Cons

                              • Plastic construction

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup
                              • Large Projects

                              Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                              I purchased this along with the new OWC dual elite thunderbolt enclosure and the RocketStor won out- Easily! And it was the cheaper option which made it even better.
                              The unit is dead quiet, super easy to use and incredibly simple to swap in and out drives! I read another review that said the unit got super hot to the touch, but after using it for a solid month I haven't had it get remotely hot. Abosultely love this product and wish I would have purchased it months ago!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Do

                              By adkero

                              from Delray Beach, FL

                              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Fast Connectivity
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Backup
                                • Laptops
                                • Large Projects
                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                                Plugged this into my iMac and installed a SSD drive. Simple, fast and easy. Perfect for Motion and Final Cut projects. Real time playback of video while editing.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                3.0

                                Works as expected

                                By djfern

                                from Hamilton, Ontario

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Fast Connectivity
                                • Reliable
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy Construction
                                • No Power Button
                                • Only One Thunderbolt Port

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                                  It's fast. I use it a lot and have had no issues.

                                  I have three complaints:

                                  1) It needs a power switch. I don't like hot swapping drives with the power running. I haven't had any issues, but it's asking for trouble.

                                  2) There needs to be two thunderbolt ports on future versions.

                                  3) It's very cheap plastic. I think they could spend a bit of time thinking how to make something more sturdy.

                                  Otherwise, it works very well.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  So Fast!

                                  By Zak Adams

                                  from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

                                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast Connectivity

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Ssd

                                    Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                                    Plugged this in to my thunderbolt equipped macbook pro and inserted a SSD that we use to record video on a Blackmagic Hyperdeck. It transferred a 3GB file in seconds. It's such a huge upgrade from the similar USB2 dock we were using!

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Works great for me

                                    By Kiwi Red Wing fan

                                    from New Zealand

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Fast Connectivity
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backup
                                      • Laptops
                                      • Large Projects
                                      • Multimedia

                                      Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                                      Rather than opening up my iMac to install an additional SSD startup disc inside with a kit I opted to use this. It works great, so much faster than the internal HD. Second one, the original HD failed all to quickly out of warranty. Plus, I still have an additional slot to access any of the old drives.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • Mac

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                                      5.0

                                      Fantastic

                                      By sinko

                                      from Melbourne, Australia

                                      About Me Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Fast Connectivity
                                      • Quiet
                                      • Reliable
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Backup
                                        • Laptops
                                        • Large Projects
                                        • Multimedia

                                        Comments about HighPoint RocketStor RS5212 Thunderbolt Storage Dock:

                                        Works as expected. Fast. You can have dual hard drives mounted. Unmount either with no problems. Copy from one hard drive to the other in the dock. Just makes thing so easy. And not having to buy external boxes all the time is even better.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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