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Orico Releases HDD Enclosures That Hold Up to 10 HDDs

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A Chinese company, Orico, has released three hard drive enclosures that can hold a number of hard drives, ranging from five to ten. The first, the 1088USJ3, holds up to ten 3.5" hard drives, the 8988USJ3 holds eight drives, and the 5988SUSJ3 can hold up to five hard drives.

All the units are powered by standard ATX power supplies, and they are built using matte black SECC steel enclosures.

The drives all have a SATA3 interface for 6 Gb/s of bandwidth, and all the units feature USB 3.0 connectivity except the 5988SUSJ3, which has USB 3.0 connectivity and eSATA connectivity. Sadly, the units do not have any form of RAID support, so each hard drive will be accessible as a single device. How many partitions the user creates on each drive can result in an insane number of accessible volumes through a single USB 3.0 connection.

The units will cost 1399¥ ($227), 1999¥ ($325), and 2399¥ ($390) for the 5988SUSJ3, 8988USJ3, and 1088USJ3, respectively, with no word on availability just yet.

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    abbadon_34 , May 1, 2013 11:00 PM
    I just use old cases. Why cubes never caught one i'll never know.
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    Rune Olsen , May 2, 2013 12:14 AM
    This is useless without Raid
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    Wamphryi , May 2, 2013 4:12 AM
    The only reason to have that many drives would be to run a RAID in my opinion. As it does not support RAID I could find no use for it. I suppose it may be possible to run a software driven RAID at OS level but that is not very inspiring for the price.
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    mouse24 , May 2, 2013 4:40 AM
    Am I the only one that finds the price acceptable? I know I know you could just use some spare parts you have laying around to just make one of these. But assuming you don't have the parts these are quite nice for the price. I doubt you could grab a cheap case/mobo/cpu/psu for under 227/325 that had the same number of drive bays.
    Not to mention these would look cool as hell in a "server closet"
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    Innocent_Bystander , May 2, 2013 5:09 AM
    you could set it up as win8 storage space or RAID the drives from the system if I'm reading this right.
    IB
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    CrArC , May 2, 2013 5:14 AM
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    This is useless without Raid


    I agree in general, but the price would be enormous if you built that functionality into an 8 or 10-bay chassis. Seeing as the drives are independently addressable there's little stopping you from setting up RAID with the individual volumes on the host machine.

    In its current configuration it's probably suited to users who want to run lots of individual drives (perhaps for VMs, or recording multiple video streams) and manually organise backups/mirroring of the drives in their host system's software.

    The bigger problem for me is network access. I wouldn't want that much potential storage to be local to one machine.

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    Innocent_Bystander , May 2, 2013 5:54 AM
    you could set it up as win8 storage space or RAID the drives from the system if I'm reading this right.
    IB
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    drwho1 , May 2, 2013 5:58 AM
    This is very interesting .... not to mention USEFUL to me.
    I don't need RAID, in fact none of my drives are in RAID.
    I have been looking for something like this for a long time.
    I will definitely keep my eye on this.
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    drwho1 , May 2, 2013 6:10 AM
    This is very interesting .... not to mention USEFUL to me.
    I don't need RAID, in fact none of my drives are in RAID.
    I have been looking for something like this for a long time.
    I will definitely keep my eye on this.
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    Ro0ster , May 2, 2013 6:28 AM
    So close to actually being useful. Without RAID, this solution has gimped itself. Sure, it's nice to have all that storage, now you just need to navigate through drives E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, and N. No thanks. I want one logical drive please.
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    mouse24 , May 2, 2013 6:38 AM
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    So close to actually being useful. Without RAID, this solution has gimped itself. Sure, it's nice to have all that storage, now you just need to navigate through drives E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, and N. No thanks. I want one logical drive please.


    If you have windows 8 (storage spaces) you can do it with that. Though that said you can also just create shortcuts on one drive to various other drives, or just rename the drives and change the icons and boom, there folders with a limited amount of space. (up to however much your hdd can hold.) and again thats where shortcuts come in, ran out of room on that hdd for say large videos? Put them on another drive and make a shortcut to it in that "folder" and boom, problem solved.
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    Ro0ster , May 2, 2013 6:56 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    So close to actually being useful. Without RAID, this solution has gimped itself. Sure, it's nice to have all that storage, now you just need to navigate through drives E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, and N. No thanks. I want one logical drive please.


    If you have windows 8 (storage spaces) you can do it with that. Though that said you can also just create shortcuts on one drive to various other drives, or just rename the drives and change the icons and boom, there folders with a limited amount of space. (up to however much your hdd can hold.) and again thats where shortcuts come in, ran out of room on that hdd for say large videos? Put them on another drive and make a shortcut to it in that "folder" and boom, problem solved.


    I'm not familiar enough with Win8 to comment on it. My next question then would be if Win8 allows the data to be striped with parity for hot-swap drive replacement/rebuild. Or does it just show the drives as one logical array and treat them as clusters?
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    PrvtChurch , May 2, 2013 10:51 AM
    This would need raid support AND Thunderbolt for me to care.
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    marthisdil , May 2, 2013 11:36 AM
    Use FreeNAS and ZFS and you don't need hardware raid. ZFS is better anyways.
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    torbendalum , May 2, 2013 12:43 PM
    I want one !!! that 10 bay one would be perfect for me, i have been planing to build a nice storage server. Set i up as a raid5 with hot spare. Those of you that complaints it does not have raid ??? why wold you want to. You want the raid to be controled by the computer you plug it into. most nas boxes with raid have a tine atom cpu, if you connect it to a computer with a i3/5/7 it will run raid5 much much faster. RoOster you can do precise what you ask with win2012/win8 or normal linux mdadm.
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    dalethepcman , May 2, 2013 1:14 PM
    Considering the price of a drobo or similar raid enabled enclosure, you could purchase one of these and a mini pc and setup a software based raid.
    Toms did a review of software based raid, and the performance is pretty good now days. This would be a good way to spin up a massive amount of storage on a budget.
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    Rune Olsen , May 2, 2013 1:23 PM
    I find this one quite interesting, Raid and all, cheap too http://www.ssi.com.tw/en/goods.php?act=view&no=33
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    rmse17 , May 2, 2013 1:42 PM
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    This is useless without Raid


    Just use ZFS with RAID-Z, no need for a RAID controller, and arguably works better for home use anyway (unless you are hosting a high-demand server with a lot of clients, then you will need some serious RAM for ZFS). ZFS can also use an SSD along with the main storage HDDs to improve performance. :) 
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    rmse17 , May 2, 2013 1:47 PM
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    Use FreeNAS and ZFS and you don't need hardware raid. ZFS is better anyways.


    Better to use Oracle Solaris 11 Express - still free, and you get newer version of ZFS. The ZFS in FreeNAS lags behind in features.
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    ipwn3r456 , May 2, 2013 6:37 PM
    Multiple HDD enclosures without RAID support? Are you kidding me? Great I have a navigate 10 separate HDDs, and gotta pay attention to make sure you don't put the files to the wrong HDD... And, its weird that the 5 HDD enclosure get the eSATA port, but the 8 and the 10 HDD enclosures don't have that?
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