Recommendation RAID Enclosure for Highpoint RocketRAID 4322

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dannymarr, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. dannymarr macrumors member

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    I'm at a loss at the moment trying to find a 4-bay SATA enclosure that is compatible with the Highpoint RocketRAID 4322.

    Could I get some recommendations please?

    Here's the RAID card:
    http://www.hptmac.com/US/product.php?_index=54
     
  2. WonderSausage macrumors member

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    You can convert an old SCSI external enclosure using this module, which is pretty economical since there are plenty of old enclosures around for cheap:

    http://www.cooldrives.com/misasdebr261.html

    You'll also need 4 4-pin-to-SATA-power adapters which are cheap.

    As for premade enclosures, ideally you want one with an SFF-8088 (a.k.a. "MiniSAS") connector same as your card. Stay away from anything that says "port multiplier" or "built-in RAID".

    http://www.scsi4me.com/enhancebox-e...-sas-sata-ii-hdds-minisas-host-interface.html

    http://www.pc-pitstop.com/sas_cables_enclosures/sas4bay.asp
     
  3. dannymarr thread starter macrumors member

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    Cheers WonderSausage! I actually was thinking about getting the Enhancebox E4-MS but seeing I just need a MiniSAS interface I'll go with that one and save money. =) Although Enhance make solid well built products...hmmm.
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    You could look at provantage.com ($364.12 for ML version, they may be able to order the MS model) or nowdirect.com ($413.27)for the E4MS. They're usually cheaper than pcpitstop or scsi4me (same company BTW).

    At least they were with an E8MS. Got it for $550.
    As for a 4 bay enclosure, building one, or buying a less expensive model isn't a bad idea, if you don't care about looks.

    In the case of a 4 bay exclusively, the throughput difference between MS and ML won't make a difference at all. It does on an 8 bay however.

    If you plan to run from an internal SFF-8087 connector to an external enclosure, don't use port adapters. They won't work with SATA drives. It can be done with a special cable however, that has an SFF-8087 (internal MiniSAS) to an SFF-8088 (external MiniSAS), or SFF-8087 to SFF-8470 (MultiLane). But the MS ends are harder to find. (The ML as the external end has been around longer). Last I did this, the straight MS (internal & external) version had to be ordered, and was shipped directly from CHINA. IIRC, the lowest pricing was ~$75 USD each (slow shipping; takes up to 21 days). If you go this route with cabling, give yourself enough time to avoid overnight shipping, as it's expensive. ;)

    Good luck. :)
     

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