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Edge10 4-bay DAS eSATA Hard drive enclosure (includes pcie card) - Delivered £99.99 @play
Edge10 4-bay DAS eSATA Hard drive enclosure (includes pcie card) - Delivered £99.99 @play

Edge10 4-bay DAS eSATA Hard drive enclosure (includes pcie card) - Delivered £99.99 @play

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Been looking for one of these for a while, but cheapest I had seen this before was £130 from a dodgy looking site and around £150 on amazon. Was £180 on Play

The DAS401 is a compact RAID tower that utilises the latest SATA II port feature, where one single eSATA cable connects up to four (3Gbps) SATA II Hard Drives. Designed with easy installation in mind, the trayless DAS401 allows instant installation by simply inserting the hard drives after opening the protective, ventilated cover.
The DAS401 supports JBOD and spanning modes for instant storage expansion. It also supports RAID 0,1,0+1, 5 and 5 + spare via the included software utility, for high performance and hard drive redundancy.
The package also includes a 2-port eSATA PCI express card, which allows the connection between two DAS401 units, using only two cables.

NOTE: It isnt USB (even though there is a port in the photo) it runs from eSATA (much faster anyway) and the PCI-e card it needs is included in the bundle and price!

* eSATA PCIe Card Included
* Quiet Operation
* RAID Levels 0, 1, 5 & 10
* Combine Mode to Maximize Capacity
* SATA Hard Drive Support
* Package Includes:
* DAS401 enclosure,
* Application & Manual CD,
* Mains Lead,
* eSATA PCIe card,
* eSATA Cable,
* Mounting Screws,
* RAID Levels 0, 1, 5 & 10,

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Just wish I could afford all the HDDs to go in one of these puppies ;-)

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TUSSFC

Just wish I could afford all the HDDs to go in one of these puppies ;-)



I hear you! Although, there is a deal on here for a WD 1.5tb at 54,99 from novatech, so for around £300, you could have an entire enclosure on esata with 6TB of storage lol, thats not bad at all.

this isn't a NAS though is it - no network interface in the spec?

ThePaulC

I hear you! Although, there is a deal on here for a WD 1.5tb at 54,99 … I hear you! Although, there is a deal on here for a WD 1.5tb at 54,99 from novatech, so for around £300, you could have an entire enclosure on esata with 6TB of storage lol, thats not bad at all.



I'd never be able to justify that to the missus, lol :-)

dt_matthews

this isn't a NAS though is it - no network interface in the spec?



No, it's not. But I'd have mine hooked up to my HTPC (Revo) .. *drools*

Nice price. I have 4 x 1TB drives lying around since my NAS expansion...shame I don't have a PCI-e slot

TUSSFC

No, it's not. But I'd have mine hooked up to my HTPC (Revo) .. *drools*



The E-Sata port on the Revo does not support port-multiplier, so you would only be able to use one drive. I have one of these units and it is quite well constructed. This is certainly a good price. I use a USBE-Sata dongle to connect mine to the Revo and it works well.

bytemaster

The E-Sata port on the Revo does not support port-multiplier, so you … The E-Sata port on the Revo does not support port-multiplier, so you would only be able to use one drive. I have one of these units and it is quite well constructed. This is certainly a good price. I use a USBE-Sata dongle to connect mine to the Revo and it works well.



Do you happen to have the model number please for the dongle?

bytemaster

The E-Sata port on the Revo does not support port-multiplier, so you … The E-Sata port on the Revo does not support port-multiplier, so you would only be able to use one drive. I have one of these units and it is quite well constructed. This is certainly a good price. I use a USBE-Sata dongle to connect mine to the Revo and it works well.



Interesting to know, thanks. Would also be interested in seeing the dongle, do you have a link? Is that on a 3610?

TUSSFC

Interesting to know, thanks. Would also be interested in seeing the … Interesting to know, thanks. Would also be interested in seeing the dongle, do you have a link? Is that on a 3610?



What like one of these ??

This is the dongle, but I don't know where you can get them. I bought mine a couple of years ago from ebay. Kenable also used to sell them, but I don't think they do any more. I only paid around £10 each.

The key factor is that the dongle needs to support Sata port-multiplier. I have never been able to determine if any of the dongles at DealExtreme do (they sell several). Addonics do sell one that is suitable but it is around £25-£30.

Actually I would recommend this unit from Startech £114.53 delivered. This 4-bay case supports E-Sata and USB, and you can toggle between them. I bought a couple of these recently and am very pleased with them. Downside against the DAS401 is that it doesn't include an E-Sata card, but you can pick those up for around £12, it also has an external PSU. Very quiet too.

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bytemaster

This is the dongle, but I don't know where you can get them. I bought … This is the dongle, but I don't know where you can get them. I bought mine a couple of years ago from ebay. Kenable also used to sell them, but I don't think they do any more. I only paid around £10 each.The key factor is that the dongle needs to support Sata port-multiplier. I have never been able to determine if any of the dongles at DealExtreme do (they sell several). Addonics do sell one that is suitable but it is around £25-£30.Actually I would recommend this unit from Startech £114.53 delivered. This 4-bay case supports E-Sata and USB, and you can toggle between them. I bought a couple of these recently and am very pleased with them. Downside against the DAS401 is that it doesn't include an E-Sata card, but you can pick those up for around £12, it also has an external PSU. Very quiet too.



Um, this deal includes an esata card with the box and a lead and delivered for inclusive £99.99

Best off buying a quality NAS brand second hand if you ask me.

Trust me, you'll get the bug and want all your videos and what not available everywhere in the house...I picked up an old 5 bay Thecus N5200 for £200 off ebay a while ago, plonked in 5 2TB drives and got 3 more connected to it by USB....then I have a Revo downstairs and in bedroom...all linked to me computer...it downloads of usenet\torrents, works as an FTP\HTTP server so can add torrents over the net using my phone when I'm out etc...

OK it works out as quite a lot of money, but once you've paid the £800-£1000 you've got a media dream

plus if your a pirate you'll never have to pay for a movie again and it's very slick you can leave it on all the time with minimal power use, same goes for the Revo's. You're talking about 28w for the revos each and 70w for the NAS (when it's being used) less otherwise.

Edge10 is good, I have a Dupe caddy. But for this price you can buy a proper internal RAID card, or a NAS enclosure. It only seems to function for people using a HTPC, but want large amount storage without the USB bandwidth limit.

Get a stora

ebuyer.com/pro…067

£67.49inc. vat with a 500GB drive too

forum1.netgear.com/sho…483

Standalone device that allows remote access and streaming beyond your home network

Users can manage their stored data

No other machine is relied upon

COCO

ThePaulC

Um, this deal includes an esata card with the box and a lead and … Um, this deal includes an esata card with the box and a lead and delivered for inclusive £99.99



The Startech does cost more, but it does have the additional flexibility of USB, so it is easier to connect it to other PCs/laptops if needed. The other key difference is that it has an external PSU. The DAS401 has internal PSU which has the benefit of not having another power brick, however if the PSU fails you probably have to scrap the unit, if the PSU fails on the Startech you just have to buy a new 12V 5A psu for about £12. I like the DAS401, but prefer the Startech.

So close. Shame the difference a D and N make.

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TaylorBA

So close. Shame the difference a D and N make.



Find me the NAS version of this for under £150 i'll happily take it, but for now this is a good deal regardless of what it isnt.

Smoking hot deal! I have one of these already and could really do with another but was putting off due to cost - can't miss out on this price, ordered - thanks OP!

There is a subtle difference to the startech in that it has on-board hardware raid support most of the others rely on software drivers

stevehaley

There is a subtle difference to the startech in that it has on-board … There is a subtle difference to the startech in that it has on-board hardware raid support most of the others rely on software drivers



I don't think the model that I linked to has the hardware raid support. I believe that is in a different model S354UFER, which also adds Firewire 400/800. It is also more expensive, around £185+.

I_SHOULD_COCO

Get a … Get a stora[url=http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225067]http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225067[/url]£67.49inc. vat with a 500GB drive too[url=http://forum1.netgear.com/showthread.php?t=54483]http://forum1.netgear.com/showthread.php?t=54483[/url]Standalone device that allows remote access and streaming beyond your home networkUsers can manage their stored data No other machine is relied uponCOCO



In what was is that anything like a comparable product?

Stora is NAS, the edge product is DAS. Different speed, different setup, just totally different.

On top of that, the stora has only two drives bays, limiting storage and removing options like RAID5 and RAID10.

i'd much prefer something with trays, the DAS501t has an extra drive bay too, various shops selling it for around 180ukp including the pci-e card (which i assume is a sil-3132?)

amazon.co.uk/Edg…top

they do sound useless for raid due to it being software-based, but then again most motherboard bios raid is softraid really, not real hardware like a 3ware with a couple of xscales doing the work.

All gone, was a great deal.

Is this thing the same as or better than a 'Drobo'?

creditcrunch

Is this thing the same as or better than a 'Drobo'?



Different.

The Drobo provides a sort of user-friendly raid to secure your data. You can upgrade by adding or replacing discs more easily that with a conventional raid setup. However I don't think that they do an e-sata version so you are limited to USB or Firewire.

If you want security for your data, than you could install two or more drives in a unit like this and then use soft-raid (If your OS provides it) or one of the many sync programs that are around. The latter option gives you control over how you balance security vs space. You can mirror a whole drive, or if you only have a smaller amount of critical data you could mirror just those folders, making more overall storage space available.
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