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A-Data Launches New SSD RAID Enclosure

With A-Data's SSD RAID enclosure, you can switch between the seven supported RAID modes with a simple hardware switch.  Take that, bulky RAID configuration screens!

For those of you sporting two or more solid-state-storage devices (and who isn’t?), A-Data has released a new RAID-themed enclosure that could help you boost your speeds and eliminate that ugly stack of drives that’s sitting inside your PC.  The company’s new XPG Dual SSD 3.5-inch RAID enclosure combines two 2.5-inch SSDs into a single, 3.5-inch form-factor drive cage.  You can run each drive independently from the other, or you can have the enclosure slaps your two drives together in one of seven different RAID modes: JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, Span, SAFE33, SAFE50, or GUI.

The neat and/or perilous part of the enclosure is that you can switch between the different raid modes using a switch on the back of the device.  While we hope the device has some kind of foresight to not wipe your data and reinitialize a new RAID should you accidentally choose a new level, A-Data doesn’t mention exactly how the hardware switch works.  You can install the RAID enclosure internally (connected via SATA cables) or you can opt to mount the entire drive box externally and connect using a standard USB cable. 

You’ll have to wait a little bit for A-Data’s device to come to stores.  The company expects the XPG Dual SSD 3.5-inch RAID enclosure to be ready by the end of the first quarter of 2009.  Expect to shell out roughly $30 for a non-RAID version and $60 for an enclosure with RAID functionality.

  • mtyermom
    Intriguing! Two 64GB SSDs in RAID 0 in this enclosure would make a great OS drive.
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  • caskachan
    holy cow i want one =D

    and two drives as well XD
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  • Wonder if this will work with standard 2.5" magnetic drives? $60 for a hardware raid 0 solution that doesn't need drivers or an expansion slot isn't bad...
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  • theubersmurf
    caskachanholy cow Me too :P
    i want one =Dand two drives as well XD
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  • malveaux
    That enclosure is fantastic. I want! :)
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  • Shadow703793
    stuart72Wonder if this +1will work with standard 2.5" magnetic drives? $60 for a hardware raid 0 solution that doesn't need drivers or an expansion slot isn't bad...
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  • grieve
    Indeed, this thing would be a nice addition to my unit. It will also be a nice subtraction from my wallet.
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  • nekatreven
    I've always wanted something like this for regular 2.5in hdds! You can't beat the portability and redundancy! I've never seen them available though!

    Perhaps it is a heat issue that keeps this from working for small hdds? I may have to try hdds in this thing and monitor the temps, at least until ssds catch up fully in capacity.
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  • Grims
    Wonder why they didn't opt for ESATA, SATA for a RAID enclosure is kinda strange.
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  • when will it be available ?
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