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Cavalry 2 Bay eSATA + USB 2.0 RAID External Enclosure, RAID 0, RAID 1 EN-CADA2B-ZB01 (Black)
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- Two RAID modes: 0, 1
- Automatic rebuilding in RAID 1
- eSATA speeds of up to 3 Gbit/s (eSATA kit included)
- Plug-and-Play for Windows PCs
- Heat-dissipating aluminum enclosure with fan
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EN-CADA2B-ZB01 ;3.5IN EXTERNAL DUAL 2 BAY USB 2.0 + ESATA ENCLOSURE WITH RAI ; quantity is 1 The following are the serial numbers if available. "
At first I thought that this was an RMA submission process quirk, and tried twice to write to the e-mail address they provided above for questions, to try to figure out with them how it was possible for a product with 1 year warranty to be out of it in less than six months. I received no response.
Beware of this product, as well as the company that makes it. I can see that neither Amazon themselves, nor Newegg carry this item anymore, but it still appears to be available from an Amazon marketplace seller with a big discount (I bought mine for ~$55, while these guys are selling it below $40).Read more ›
Simply remove the four screws on the front cover and the innards nicely slide out to reveal the two drive mounting racks and a pack of drive mounting screws. A small bit of work with a Philips screwdriver and you are done.
One other note: apparently there are two versions of this case, one having Power, HD1, and HD2 lamps on the front and flip switches on the back and another (which is what I received) having Power, HD1, HD2, and Error lamps on the front and a rotary dial on the back.
For the first you want the manual here:[..]
For the later you want this manual: [...]
My only criticism: the dial is impossible to figure out except by experimentation. The dial has settings of 0 through 7 inclusive but no apparent "pointer" making it impossible to figure out which setting it is on. The dial rotates 360 degrees so that there is not even a "reference stop". I had to try every setting one at a time (with a full reboot to bios between each) to uncover the JBOD setting.
Oops, I do in fact have a second criticism: the fan is loud. I'm using the low power (i.e., "slow") drives and so I can disconnect the fan as there is little heat generated by the drives I own. If you plan on using the faster 7200RPM drives *and* want quiet then this unit may not be for you.
Nonetheless the unit was for me an excellent buy.
It supports HW Raid which is excellent. Both RAID-0 (i.e. striping) and RAID-1 (i.e. mirroring) are supported. However, you cannot set the stripe size. RAID-1 autorebuilds the array after a disk replacement. There are DIP switches to set before you begin depending on the OS. I set it for WinXP RAID-1 mode which worked in Linux and Windows 7 as well. The 2 x 2TB Samsung 5400rpm FE4 spinpoint drives formatted as NTFS in about 2 hours. This is not bad.
Over eSata, data transfers are quite fast and they are hitting around 100MB/s (800Mbps). SATA II drives have a throughput of 3Gbps and esata can typically transfer at speeds reaching about 300MB/s (i.e. 2.4Gbps) but I've never really seen that in real life. 100MB/s is quite good performance for this unit.
Overall, I am happy for this because I got it to replace my dying Fantom 1TB drive. I just bumped it once slightly and it now has lots of file IO errors. This is because the Fantom drive is just one drive on the side so its easy to topple to the side. Whereas this Cavalry unit smartly puts the drives horizontally on its back rather that on the side so the base profile is larger making the unit more stable.
There is a fan which can be replaced for quieter operation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Far more features and quality than I expected at this price point.
This enclosure works well, lets me monitor it remotely, and hasn't let me down yet. Read more
It wouldn't work and the staff could never figure out why. I sent it back on my dime once and the returned product still didn't work. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steve W.
Heavy, loud and hot. While it completes the basic tasks and offers basic RAID functionality, it's generally cumbersome and noisy as hell.Published on December 8, 2013 by Rob's Kindle
This is a great product, with solid construtction. It does seem to be a little bit loud but I don't know if that is the drives I'm using or if the fan is making the majority of the... Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Phil Ecker
Had this for about 2 years now, and it has held up well I'm using esata exclusively, good speed, reliable. For the price it's hard to beat for a budget raid enclosure. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by M. Mathis
Running two 2TB Seagate hard drives in Raid 1 config. I've been super gentle and vacuum dust off it every month. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by i.buy.random.things
I'll say that this product does what it does and leave it at that. As for some other buyers I did not have any tech issues. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by C. Kadoya
The enclosure will only see one of the drives no matter which mode it is set up in (both drives are verified good in another enclosure). Customer support is basically non-existent.Published on May 29, 2013 by Bill Osuch
LIKE that I can use eSATA or USB2, COULD be better at USB3 but at this price that's asking alot.
Directions are pretty slim, but how hard is it to figure out you need... Read more