Thunderbolt JBoD with 5x SATAIII 6Gb/s - Just about time

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  1. FireWire2, Nov 6, 2013
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    Finally, it looks like someone has made exactly what I need. A tray-less 5-bay Thunderbolt JBoD enclosure.

    Thunderbolt to 5x hot swap SATAIII (6Gb) independent drives

    It seems this is the only one in the market. It is $469.

    This seems to be good solution for the JBoD mode, that is what i need for my app

    I'm curious if anyone has experience with this. Or am I going to have to be the guinea pig?
     
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    sBOX-TJ's Price just drop to $399.95 - Nice!

    Just ordered one :)
     
  4. propower macrumors 6502a

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    ^^^^^^ shipping end of Nov.
    post back when you get it and let us know how it works!
     
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  6. riahi macrumors newbie

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    Hey Firewire2, nice find. When I was looking at the website I was curious if this was a 2x thunderbolt enclosure or only a single port. I used the support-chat feature on the site, and the agent told me they forgot to put the option up for 2x thunderbolt ports. Looks like it's $139.95 for the dual thunderbolt option.

    I wanted to make sure you knew that your enclosure was most likely only going to have 1 thunderbolt port.
     
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    Thank for the post
    Call them and make sure, my box will be a 2x Thunderbolt ports
    They will ship me 2x Thunderbolt ports with an $139.00 upgrade
     
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  9. leifp macrumors newbie

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    waste of money to add Thunderbolt to JBoD

    Greetings. I posted a similar response to a similar dilemma on my way here...

    Thunderbolt is wasted on a HDD JBoD setup.

    If you want a faster external system, switch to RAID. RAID 5 is the best compromise - faster than mirroring, safer than striping, lets you have more storage space than either. RAID 10 (or 01 if you prefer - at 4 drives it doesn't matter) is faster and safer than RAID 5, but you lose storage. e.g. 4x1TB RAID 10 = 2TB available. 4x1TB RAID 5 = 2.7TB available. Choose your poison. Of course, switching from a JBoD system to a RAID system is much more expensive. But when you've copied over your files, you can sell your JBoD system including HDD. And you will notice a massive difference.

    But I would not waste my money moving a JBoD to Thunderbolt. The difference in speed is not sufficient to make up for the hassle and the cost. Specifics: most 7200 rpm HDD (regardless of SATA variant - it is the HDD and not the interface that is the limiting element) max out around 156MB/s. You'll almost never achieve that, certainly not in a JBoD setup. In my own RAID 5 system I hit near 500MB/s on Thunderbolt. Regularly. Up to you, of course.
     
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  11. FireWire2, Nov 18, 2013
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    Sort of agree, but there are different application for JBOD.
    1- Near-line backup - A 20TB backup space (Using Span mode in DU)
    2- Time machine back up from Monday to Friday - 5x drives
    3- Off site Archive hot swap - weekly rotation.

    Thank you for your suggested - Since I still waiting til 11/20.

    I reconsider the newer model tRAID-T2, which offers JBOD and/or RAID5
    http://www.datoptic.com/ec/dual-thunderbolt-raid-with-5x-sata-bay-for-mac-and-windows.html

    Thinking set it up as
    4x HDD RAID5 - #1 to #4 drives
    1x Hot Swap Drives - Weekly Archive rotation back up

    Currently offer $130.00 off as Introduction instant discount. I have to make up my mind within 2 days.

    But that is $200.00 different!!!! $399.55 vs 599.95

    Oppss correction only $70.00 different! TB JBOD with Duat TB is 539.90 not $399.00

    Switched.
     
  12. riahi macrumors newbie

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    Hey Firewire2, how did you get the dual TB RAID drive for $599? It's showing as $729 for the RAID version with two thunderbolt ports....


    NEVERMIND: Found that on checkout there is a $130 discount that effectively pays for the TB upgrade.
     
  13. propower macrumors 6502a

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    Does any one have any experience with Datoptic???

    Seems other choices have a lot more history --
     
  14. d0nK, Nov 19, 2013
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    No it's not if you have a late 2011 mbp like me and require access to many drives.

    The bandwidth of TB will allow access to multiple drives at once with little drop in speed.
    A long as I can access multiple hard drives at their rated speed without an interface throttle (i.e. Thunderbolt) I'm very happy (as happy as I can be with having to use external hard drives).

    I do audio work and graphics.

    USB 2.0 is out of the question.

    Daisy-chain TB is also required for an external display.

    I will get an iMac at some point and then I will still require a JBOD.
     
  15. FireWire2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    tRAID-T2

    Just came back from Thailand - Nice little vacation
    The tRAID-T2 is in the house - That is a good sight.
    Play with it a little bit - nice LCD touch screen to

    Will use it post the result later, so far it looks good.

    If anyone wants to know a specific feature please let me know
    I will try to get the it for you, but don't' expect fast respond! cuz have to pay the mortgage 1st :)
     
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    I'd specifically like to hear your opinion on noise levels.
     
  17. FireWire2 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    tRAID-T2 Thunderbolt RAID5/10 hot spare

    It's over a month at work, we can't even tell it there. It's super quite and fast I can get it 245~265MB/s

    I will update with screen shot
     
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    DATOptic Review

    They have very good rating in AMAZON.. Look them up
     

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