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Glyph Technologies 16TB ForteRAID External Hard Drive Array

B&H # GLFTRD16000 Mfr # FTRD-16000
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Product Highlights
  • 16TB (4x4) SATA II 3Gb/s
  • 7200 RPM 64MB Cache Hard Drives
  • eSATA Port x 1
  • FireWire 800 (9-Pin) Ports x 2
  • FireWire 400 (6-Pin) Port x 1
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Port x 1
  • Max Transfer Rate: 3Gbps
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 10 & Spanning
  • Designed for Audio & Video Production
  • Mac & PC Compatible

The 16TB ForteRAID External Hard Drive Array from Glyph Technologies is a desktop array system with a dedicated hardware RAID controller. It features 7200rpm hard drives and can connect to a computer via eSATA, FireWire-800, FireWire-400 or USB 2.0. The ForteRAID is fully compatible with Windows, Mac, UNIX, Linux and BSD operating systems.

Your Desktop Production Partner
ForteRAID squeezes a ton of technology in a compact tabletop enclosure. Building on the same technology in the GT 062E, it uses an Oxford 936 chip which is capable of hardware RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 10 and spanning modes. These RAID modes provide speed, fault-tolerance or a combination of both. If a drive fails when running in one of the fault-tolerant drive modes, you can remove and replace it with another drive without losing any data. ForteRAID also allows for a "hot-spare": an online spare drive present in the chassis, allowing for immediate rebuild without user intervention. When connected by FireWire 800, USB 2.0 or eSATA (with Glyph's HighPoint card on Mac OS), the ForteRAID reports the health of the four internal drives using Glyph Manager software.
Designed for Audio and Video Production
ForteRAID features an eSATA port, which enables a 230MB/s sustained transfer rate in RAID 0 mode. With up to 16TB capacity, it supports NLE applications such as Avid Xpress and Adobe Premiere. It has been tested with Final Cut Pro. With large capacities, fast transfer rates and fault-tolerant RAID modes, ForteRAID is also perfect for digital photography applications, content creation and huge sound libraries. Audio production users may choose to configure the unit in RAID 5 or RAID 10 mode, both of which are fault-tolerant modes and can survive disk failure without losing valuable data. ForteRAID has been tested with Digidesign Pro Tools in multiple RAID modes.
Configured with Glyph Manager
A software utility for setting the internal RAID mode, Glyph Manager 4 also displays the health status of the enclosure and drives inside. While many other RAID systems are configured using a rotary switch and LEDs, Glyph Manager offers a rich user interface that reports case temperature, fan speed, each drive's health status and drive errors or rebuild failures. Glyph Manager constantly monitors the health of the ForteRAID as a background task using S.M.A.R.T. commands. If a problem is detected, it blinks the front LEDs red and bounces an icon in the Mac OS X dock or displays an error balloon from the windows system tray, alerting the user to open Glyph Manager for more information. By constantly monitoring the drives, you have a chance to back up your data before any is lost due to drive failure.
Stylish Protective Enclosure
The ForteRAID is constructed with a scratch-resistant aluminum chassis and includes a large 80mm low-RPM fan. The aluminum chassis offers additional heat transfer properties while allowing the system to be lightweight and portable.
Professional Power
Professionals know that high quality power supply is one of the most important components in any piece of equipment. Glyph uses an internal power supply in the ForteRAID for this reason. All internal power supplies are fully auto-switching for international use.

Configurable Drive Modes

RAID 0 (Striping)
RAID 0 is designed for increased speed but offers no redundancy benefits. RAID 0 spreads data across array members in blocks, and is ideal for situations where speed and capacity are most important. It's a proven technology for video editing, working with huge graphics files, sound libraries, and streaming instruments that play hundreds of samples simultaneously. RAID 0 provides the full capacity of the drives, and is the default shipping drive mode.
RAID 1 (Mirroring)
RAID 1 uses only two of the 4 internal drives. It offers data redundancy and real-time backup by writing the same data to two hard drives at the same time. Should a drive failure happen, data is still available on the remaining drive. Usable capacity is equal to the capacity of 1 drive.
RAID 3 (Striping with a Dedicated Parity Drive)
RAID 3 offers speed and data redundancy by using parity data which is stored on a dedicated drive. Should a drive failure happen, the remaining members of the array calculate the missing data and rebuild to a spare drive. The spare drive can be inserted after the failure, or can be online and waiting (hot spare). For RAID 3, usable capacity is 3/4 of the entire capacity. For RAID 3 + hot spare, usable capacity is half the entire capacity.
RAID 5 (Striping with Distributed Parity)
RAID 5 offers speed and data redundancy by using parity data which is striped across all drives. Should a drive failure happen, the remaining members of the array calculate the missing data and rebuild to a spare drive. The spare drive can be inserted after the failure, or can be online and waiting (hot spare). For RAID 5, usable capacity is 3/4 of the entire capacity. For RAID 5 + hot spare, usable capacity is half the entire capacity.
RAID 10 (Striping + Mirroring)
RAID 10 creates two pairs of mirrored drives, and stripes across them for a very good balance of speed and redundancy. Useable capacity is equal to half of the entire capacity. RAID 10 is perfect for situations where the data integrity is more important than the capacity, such as audio recording and editing, photography, and sample libraries/sound libraries.
Spanning Mode
Spanning mode simply shows all four drives as one large volume. Spanning provides the full capacity of the drives, with no benefits to speed or redundancy.
Capacity 16 TB
Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
Interface / Transfer Rate (Max) eSATA x 1 / 3Gbps
FireWire 800 (9-Pin) x 2 / 800Mbps
FireWire 400 (6-Pin) x 1 / 400Mbps
USB 2.0 x 1 / 480 Mbps
Bridging Chipset Oxford 936
Spanning Mode
Average Seek Time 8ms
Maximum Transfer Rate eSATA: 3Gbps (300MBps)
Sustained Data Transfer Rate eSATA / RAID 0: 230MBps
Cache 256MB (64MB per drive x4 Drives)
Compatible Operating Systems Mac OS 8.6, 9.X, 10.X
Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Modern Unix-Based, Linux or BSD
(Glyph Manager 4 supports Vista with SP1)

(If you have Windows 2000 and/or XP 32-bit, choose a ForteRAID capacity & RAID mode that yield a volume of 2TB or less since their Master Boot Record doesn't support volumes larger than 2TB)
Applications Final Cut Pro
Avid Media Composer
Adobe Premiere
Digidesign Pro Tools
Steinberg Nuendo and Cubase
Apple Logic
MOTU Digital Performer
Cakewalk Sonar
Sony Vegas

(Pro Tools does not support record or playback on volumes 2TB or larger. If using Pro Tools, choose a ForteRAID capacity and RAID mode that yields a volume 2TB or smaller)
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements Internal Universal AC 100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.3 x 7.0 x 9.6" (13.5 x 17.8 x 24.4 cm)
Weight 8.6 lb (3.9 kg)
Glyph Technologies 16TB ForteRAID External Hard Drive Array
  • Glyph Manager Software Installer CD
  • EC2 eSATA Card
  • FireWire 800 Cable (9-Pin)
  • FireWire 400 Cable (6-Pin)
  • USB 2.0 Cable (A to Mini-B)
  • eSATA Cable 39.4" (1.0 m)
  • IEC Power Cable
  • 3-Year Full Warranty
  • 2-Year Free Basic Data Recovery Policy
  • 1-Year Advance Replacement on Removable Drives (US Continental 48 States Only)
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