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RAID’ing Sharkoon Enclosures

Posted on July 16, 2012 AT 08:44pm

Sharkoon, known for their large assortment of computer and gaming hardware, is expanding the assortment of external RAID hard drive enclosures that they offer. 5 and 8-Bay RAID Stations contain both 2.5 and also 3.5 inch SATA hard drives, they are a great base for a fail-safe backup system, SOHO environments or even backing up that massive iTunes library! (Not to mention doing system backups prior to taking your laptop in for servicing!

While these cases certainly look impressive, I must honestly admit that my RAID knowledge is not quite up to IT level. So instead of fumbling through the descriptions, here is a direct quote form Sharkoon:

“Both cases are presented in a classy medal design from black SECC steel. Concealed behind the plastic front door with a mesh insert is the mounting frame for hard drives in both 2.5 and 3.5 inch formats. The frames with screwed in place storage mediums can simply be slide in place and locked by a lever. To cool the hard drives, a 120 mm silent fan is pre-installed in the rear panel.

The Sharkoon 5-Bay RAID station with, five mounting frames, supports RAID levels Clean, Large, Clone, R0, R1, R3, R5 and R10. The modes Clone, R1, R3, R5 and R10 provide an automatic rebuild function for a replacement or Hot-Spare disk. The enclosure measures 282 x 150 x 215 mm and weighs 4 kg. The electricity is supplied through a 250 Watt power supply.

The Sharkoon 8-Bay Station, with eight mounting frames, supports the RAID modes Clean, Large, R00, R30 and R50 including the automatic rebuild function for the modes R30 and R50. The 340 x 150 x 340 mm wide and 6.5 kg enclosure is equipped with a 300 Watt power supply and additional mesh ventilation inserts on each side.”

The following list can let you know a bit more of what to expect as a user of these machines:

  • Easy set RAID modes (via the DIP switches on the rear panel)
  • USB3.0 or eSATA PC connection
  • a slot bracket with SATA port
  • SATA speed autonegotiation
  • Hot-Plug in Clean mode
  • port multiplier function support (port multiplier aware and non-port multiplier aware host in RAID mode)
  • Native Command Queue (NCQ)
  • asynchronous signal recovery
  • Spread-spectrum clocking
  • BIST
  • Loopback mode
  • 48-bit LBA addressing
  • asynchronous notification
  • OHCI, UHCI and EHCI are all supported when connected through USB

Available at local retailers, customers can expect the price tags to be as follows:

Sharkoon 5-Bay RAID Station: MSRP 199.00 euros/$244.29 USD

Sharkoon 8-Bay RAID Station: MSRP 329.00 euros/$403.88 USD

For further information or for a retailer near you, please go to

8840 Wilshire Blvd.,
Third Floor,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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