Vantec NST-640S3R-BK Quad 3.5
Vantec Thermal Technologies
Manufacturer Part# NST-640S3R-BK
UPC Code: 844767020334
This is one very nice device that I found this year.
I don't know when they started selling but I'm sure glad Provantage.Com had them as an option.
Vantec NST-640S3R-BK Quad 3.5 SATA to USB 3.0 & ESATA External Hard Drive Enclosure
I needed a RAID 5 and RAID 10 setup and when I found this 4 drive external self-contained unit claiming to be cool but not saying really how fast I thought it was worth a try for the $112 online listed price.
I found that this little unit offers much more than meets the eyes.
I loaded it up with 3TB Seagate drives and set the dip switches.
That's it, I was transferring from my live master RAID to this off the main network storage RAID.
I'll say it out loud, I was transferring sustained speeds over a 1Gb LAN single two switch second subnet at 146Mb per second.
146 MB/s going into my $100 HP managed switch out to my XTM 330 WatchGuard and back to my Intel Workstation which was used to connect the eSATA RAID 5 drive.
I used BitKinex to do the thousands of file transfer using 8 streams. It was loading great but did have issues after a few hours of transfer. I ended up transferring the larger VHD and then used FastCopy v2.11 (which is very slow in comparison) to finish out the smaller files.
All in all after 4 days I have my old RAID transferred over to my new 12TB external RAID.
Ran the File Duplicator check and started to load the transfer files back on the new 6TB Alfresco DMS RAID server.
Now, what this means for all you that use only a simple computer setup and might have DLNA demands. This external drive will push more than most all of you devices can handle.
I'm thinking you might be able to slow it down if you had over 150 devices streaming at once. But the problem would be your switch at that point.
Anyway, connected it to your Wireless network using the USB 3 or the eSATA and you'll find some quick transfers.
I run RAID 5 because I feel it works best for my applications.
You might need RAID 1/0 or as they print it RAID 10.
It runs with the newer 3TB drives and clearly indicates that in the documents. I'm sure with a firmware update the 4TB drives will be good to go but be careful about having to much on one drive.
I'll be adding a second and maybe a third to run backup .
Great unit, fast, quiet!!!
Best of all the blue flashing lights are viewed from directly in front of the unit so when I face it to the wall it's "Lights Out" no big LED light in the room.
Unless you enjoy the flashing lights 24/7 I like the design so I can forget it's even connected.
That's until I need to transfer some VHD over.
Here's the product list:
Seagate Desktop Hard Disk Drive 3TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5"
ST3000DM001 Each: $114.49
Vantec Thermal Technologies Vantec NST-640S3R-BK Quad 3.5 SATA to USB 3.0 & ESATA External Hard Drive Enclosure
NST-640S3R-BK Each: $112.38
The packaging doesn't show cables included but it does come with the larger class USB 3.0 cable and a 1m eSATA cable.
If you're wondering, it was $570.34 total plus shipping at the time.
I was told also that some 4TB drives are in the same price range but I stuck with the 3TB due to the manufacturer stating very clearly that the unit was designed for up to 12TB.. The old math, 3TB x 4 Drives = 12TB total