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The OWC / Other World Computing 12TB (4 x 3TB) Mercury Elite Pro RAID With 3.5" SATA Hard Drives Kit from B&H is a package consisting of a Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 Quad Interface 4-Bay RAID Solution and four 3.0 TB 5K3000 Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Hard Disk Drives.
The Mercury Elite Pro offers a convenient enclosure, which affords installation of your own set of four matched 3.5" Serial ATA (SATA I/II) hard disk drives into a stylish RAID enclosure that supports data transfers up to 3.0 Gb/s. The Qx2 is equipped with a custom Oxford 936 Chipset that's compatible with eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 / 1.1 connectivity.
The single eSATA port offers the fastest data transfer rates, up to 3.0 Gb/s or 300 MB/s. The dual 9-pin FireWire 800 ports facilitate 800 Mbps or 100 MB/s transfer rates, while the 6-pin FireWire 400 interface supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps or 50 MB/s. The USB 2.0 port, which is also backwards compatible with USB 1.1, supports up to 480 Mbps or 60 MB/s transfer rates, as well as 12 Mbps or 1.5 MB/s USB 1.1 transfer rates. All supported interface connector cables are included.
The Qx2 enables easy configuration of Redundant Array of Independent Disks, or RAID. NRAID, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 are all supported. NRAID (Span) combines the capacities of 2 or more drives of equal size into 1 volume, and combines drives of varying sizes based on the lowest capacity in the set. RAID 0 (Stripe) splits data into blocks over 2 or more drives at a time for high-speed and high capacity. RAID 1 (Mirror) enables data to be written simultaneously to 2 drives for the highest level of data safety and redundancy. RAID 5 (Stripe with Parity) is similar to RAID 0; data is striped while incorporating redundancy over 3 or more drives for the best combination of speed, capacity and redundancy. Like other quad-interface, 4-bay RAID solutions, the Qx2 is pre-configured as RAID 5. RAID 10 ensures that data is striped over 2 mirrored sets of drives for fast redundancy.
The enclosure is Windows and Mac compatible. It includes all required interface connector cables.
The four 3.0 TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA Internal Hard Drives from Hitachi are stellar upgrades for your desktop computer's hard disk drives. Each drive in this kit has a high capacity of 3.0 TB and a speed of 5400 rpm, and fits into your computer's 3.5" drive bay. Its SATA III interface can deliver data transfer speeds up to 6.0 Gbps! This HDD utilizes innovative CoolSpin technology to deliver a greater level of power efficiency and quiet operation. The optimization of motor speed provides the ideal balance of performance, power use and acoustics. This drive is ideal for environmentally-friendly desktop computers, as well as home or small office storage servers. It is Windows and Mac compatible.
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OWC / Other World Computing 12TB (4 x 3TB) Mercury Elite Pro RAID With 3.5" SATA Hard Drives Kit Review