Recommendation RAID Enclosure for Highpoint RocketRAID 4322

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

  1. dannymarr macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    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:
  2. WonderSausage macrumors member


    Jul 3, 2008
    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:

    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".
  3. dannymarr thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    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

    May 6, 2008
    You could look at ($364.12 for ML version, they may be able to order the MS model) or ($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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