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Product Review: HighPoint Technologies 3614A RAID

August 23, 2015  •  By Larry Jordan

SYSTEM SETUP

The RocketStor 6314A RAID (hereafter called the “RocketStor”) arrives as an empty chassis supporting up to four drives, along with four drive sleds. When HighPoint asked me how I wanted the RAID configured, I told them to send me the RAID as it would be shipped to an end-user.

So, in addition to the chassis, HighPoint included a power cable, Thunderbolt cable, screws for mounting drives to the drive sleds (the unit supports both 2.5 and 3.5-inch drives, and a small installation guide.

In my case, the four Toshiba 5 GB drives were already mounted to the drive sleds, but not installed in the chassis.

NOTE: As an aside, I really like that the system does not require a wall wart, the power supply is included inside the chassis itself.

Installing the sleds is fast and easy, with a lever that quickly locks them into place. I liked the feel of the construction and the smooth operation of the levers.

The back of the unit has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, power plug, and two fans – a big one for the drives and a small one for the power supply. This second fan impresses me a lot – power supplies tend to heat up and having a dedicated fan is a smart decision.

The whole unit looks very nice on a desktop; about six inches wide, eight inches high and eight inches deep. It is easy to carry around from one desk to another, even with drives installed; though I would not describe this as a “portable” unit.”

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