(Caldigit Raid Card) Using the new card, inputs here

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by phildog33, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. phildog33 macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2006
    I may be one of the first people using this card, so I wanted to let you guys know... its actually very good and does everything we wanted it to.

    Good job to CalDigit. They are swamped right now and really indundated with calls and complaints from us, so I understand how they may come off this month. Everything will smooth itself out over the next few weeks as people get their cards and enjoy the speed and nice GUI to set up their arrays.


    The install is not too bad, you take the magnet cover off the cpu cage, unscrew the fan assembly and disconnect the iPass cable from the MB.

    The ipass cable connects to J18 on the raid card and then you slide the card into PCI slot #3 and put everything back in place. Not too bad.


    You select which of your internal drives you want to include in the array (found in preferences), Raid type and etc. I chose all 4 internals as Raid 5 and my 5th internal HD under the Optical Drive slot is my main OSX drive with apps and etc. Ive separated it from the Raid Array and its working great

    Initializing on my 4TB (~2.7TB usable) array took about 8 hours.

    Then use Disk Utility to intialize the array as a standard Mac OSX drive and it pops up on the desktop as an attached drive .. 2.7TB


    Im getting about 250-260mb speed as they quoted. Im very happy with the card. Its working excellent and their interface is a pleasure to use.


    They did it. Its working great and they came through, very happy with CalDigit again.

    Some of you guys are emailing me on the side, to talk about how you are disappointed with them. I was too a few weeks ago, but they did come through and its been worth the wait. They will get their shipments back to order soon and help everyone out. We'll all try to bear with them as they get through their system and calm everything down.
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  2. camhabib macrumors regular

    May 29, 2008
    Did you attempt to setup any software RAID to have a direct comparison between a the software implementation performance and the hardware performance? I'm looking forward to getting this card, but I wonder if it has any real benefits over software for a RAID 0.
  3. alyks macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2008
    CalDigit RAID card is compatible with any the external eSATA Serial ATA Enclosure (like FirmTek, miniG) or it works only with HDElement?
  4. phildog33 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2006
    Confirm that it works ONLY with HD element, shame
  5. alyks macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2008
    Thank you. One more question:
    Can I buy HDelements, and then replace its HDDs (insert my HDDs in drive trays)? Will it work?

  6. aliot macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2008
    Did anybody try to use a mini-sas to esata cable to connect 4 independent HD?
    Sencond,I still wonder can I install a windows on external HD.
  7. phildog33 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2006
    i bought a mini-sas to esata cable (breakout x4), nd it doesnt work with any ex drives either.

    I also tried formatting in the raid itself... and then moving this to outside the box with the cables and enclosures.. Nothing works.

    Yes you can replace all the HDs in the HD element with bigger capacity ones
  8. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    How can it only work with HD element?

    Supported only or won't work otherwise???

    Someone else please respond. Interested in card, but not with being tied in to a proprietary esata enclosure.
  9. phildog33 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2006
    Ive tried it guysm it wont work with any other enclosure. There is some sort of hardware check going on... and you have to use the HD element hardware enclosure

  10. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    Wow, well thanks so much for reporting that. I'm on to something else I think
  11. Virtuoso macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2008
    That is a shame. I think they said the pricing for the HD Element would be $0.99/GB, which would make the 4TB box a whopping $3,960.

    4x1TB Samsung F1 drives from Newegg = $720.

    Pretty though it is, $3,240 is a hell of a price for a drive enclosure! For that money, you could almost buy another 8 core Mac Pro and a RAID card.

    I'd pay $1,500 for a 4TB HDElement, but nearly $4k? No way.

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