HornetTek Gemini 2-Bay USB 3.1 RAID Enclosure

HornetTek Gemini 2-Bay USB 3.1 RAID Enclosure

HornetTek Gemini 2-Bay USB 3.1 RAID Enclosure

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HornetTek Gemini 2-Bay USB 3.1 RAID Enclosure

HornetTek Gemini 2-Bay USB 3.1 RAID Enclosure

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  • Supports 2 x 3.5" SATA I/II/III HDDs
  • USB 3.1 Type-A & Type-C Connectivity
  • Data Transfer Rates of up to 10 Gb/s
  • JBOD / Normal / RAID 0 / RAID 1
  • Aluminum Enclosure & Built-In Fan
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  • 1Description

The Gemini 2-Bay USB 3.1 RAID Enclosure from HornetTek fits up to two 3.5" SATA I, II, or III hard drives and provides them with a speedy and convenient USB interface. It can accommodate up to a total of 8TB, or 4TB per drive, and adheres to the USB 3.1 standard, enabling it to transfer data at up to 10 Gb/s. The Gemini supports multiple RAID modes including JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1 for capacity, redundancy, or speed. Its aluminum enclosure keeps the drives cool while a built-in 5 cm fan provides extra heat dissipation. LED indicators on the device will notify you on the device's status as well as drive activity with just a quick glance. Furthermore, with its USB Type-A and Type-C connectivity, you'll be able to connect it to a wide variety of systems.

Accommodates two 3.5" SATA I, II, or III drives up to a max capacity of 8TB (4TB per drive)
USB 3.1 provides transfer rates of up to 10 Gb/s
USB Type-A and Type-C connectivity ensures compatibility for a broad range of devices
Supports JBOD / Normal / RAID 0 / RAID 1
Backwards compatible with USB 3.0, 2.0, and 1.1 systems
Aluminum housing and built-in fan for heat dissipation
UPC: 799599165152
In the Box
HornetTek Gemini 2-Bay USB 3.1 RAID Enclosure
  • Power Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • USB Type-A to Type-C Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Number of Bays 2 x 3.5"
    Connections 1 x USB Type-B (USB 3.1 Gen 2)
    Compatible Drive Interface SATA III
    Form Factor Not Specified by Manufacturer
    RAID Modes RAID 0, 1, JBOD
    Operating System Support Linux, Windows, macOS/OS X
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    Power Source Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Security
    Encryption Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Security Features Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Physical
    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Cooling 1 x 50 mm Fan
    Bridge Chipset ASMedia ASM1352R
    Status Monitoring Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 10.5 x 6.0 x 7.2" / 192.0 x 75.0 x 129.0 mm
    Weight 4.2 lb / 1.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.5 x 7.6 x 5.9"
    Gemini 2-Bay USB 3.1 RAID Enclosure is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very disappointed I thought this would be an easy setup and reliable unit. I was wrong. First of all, the instructions are less then stellar. It took me quite awhile to sort out how to setup a RAID 1. I've set them up for years and never had a problem before. This unit took way too long to figure out. The key for sorting this out is the reset button (as you set the switches for the specific RAID setup you want). The next issue is the unit runs hot. The fan periodically stops. Even when the fan does run the unit gets too hot for long-term use of hard drives. To solve this problem I took the cover off and now direct a small fan directly at the drives to keep the heat under control. In the future I won't try and save a few bucks and will buy units with more reviews.
    Date published: 2017-10-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the one Just buy this one. It doesn't disappoint like most of the others. It's extremely fast and reliable.
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stay Away RAID 1 and 0 Big problems I wanted a USB 3.1 drive for backing-up Large video files. I connect it to a USB 3.0 port with the supplied USB cable. It take 20 minutes before Windows 7 sees the drive on a good day. Most of the time it never recognizes the drive. Returned because I thought it was defective but the replacement does the same thing. When I called Hornetek and they had no solution.
    Date published: 2017-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice drive enclosure I have purchased many drive enclosures over the years and this one I like a lot. It's fast with the USB-C port and reliable. I don't experience the problems that the other reviewers are saying. I'm impressed with the quality / price point and it works wonderful with our new Dell Optiplex Windows 10 computer.
    Date published: 2018-03-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bad Start To Fine Finish. As many may discover, finding an external hard drive with USB 3.1 Gen-2 connections is sort of slime in the economy drives. The next solution is a new enclosure with the 3.1 Gen2 option. There are plenty out there but I choose this one. The metal case is rigid and sturdy and better crafted than I thought it would be. I was expecting an all plastic casing. It is easy to open and install either 2.5" or 3.5" drives. Where things went bad: I installed two seagate drives. The instructions state no reformatting required for drives if installed in NORMAL mode (two separate drives). The instructions manual is not very clear on the toggle settings and I set the toggles to JOBD (Just one big drive) because the instructions seem to show this setting as the NORMAL mode setting. The graphics in the manual are misleading. Well, this caused the drives to wiped of their formatting.� Enter Customer Support. Now HonetTek doesn't have a Support Section per say so I used their contact us form. They replied back with the same day and explained the toggles better than the instructions manual (which I commented about). But the response was good and very helpful. After I set it to the actual NORMAL mode, the drives still would not come up. I removed them and replaced them in the Seagate cases – nothing. They're were unreadable (other than doing a disk recovery). Fortunately, the hard drives were back up with Apple TimeCapsule so I did not lose my files. I reinstalled them in the casing, and since they were trashed, I reconfigured them back to the JOBD setting to create a 4TB drive. Then restored my files to the drive. All is well. The drive passes all the drive tests and diagnostics and is now backed up. When the iMac goes to sleep and wakes up, the drives power settings seem to respond and act properly. So a rough start to a fine finish. The USB cable that comes with it is a USB-C to USB-A cable. Along with it comes the USB-C to A adapter. Using this configuration or with a true USB-C cable, I am getting the full 10GBS speed – equal to the original Thunderbolt connections. Until Thunderbolt 3 enclosures come down in price, this is a fairly fast and easy on the wallet solution. The price to quality performance is excellent – at least on an iMac (Mid-2017). �I will be buying another one soon.
    Date published: 2018-04-05
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