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CalDigit ships CalDigit VR storage system

updated 11:40 pm EST, Mon February 2, 2009

CalDigit VR storage system

CalDigit has announced that its CalDigit VR two drive RAID storage system is now shipping. Designed with a quadruple interface, the storage system supports USB 2, FireWire400, FireWire 800, and eSATA drives. CalDigit VR comes complete with two swappable drive modules for simpler replacement and expansion, along with the ability to replace the fan if necessary. The storage device offers speeds of up to 220MB/sec in RAID, and over 110MB/sec with RAID 1 protection.

Other features include an environmental monitor that displays information on temperature, fan RPM, and hard drive health, and security capabilities that allow the device to provide password protection, and a security lock that keeps the drives in place. A temperature controled smart-fan is used to determine when the storage device needs cooling. CalDigit also comes with software that provides diagnostic reports, e-mail notifications, management and firmware-update capabilities, and monitoring of the device.

CalDigit is priced at $500 for the 1.28TB model; a 4TB model is expected to be released soon.

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  1. Guest

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    Serious Design Flaws

    The CalDigit VR is a terrible Raid. There are at least 4 major design flaws:

    The two biggest issues are two points in the actual enclosure design.

    1. The front panel is basically 'sitting' there without any secure connection to the top part of the enclosure. This will eventually cause a rattle from the horizontal vibrations from the cheap fan that has a CalDigit label slapped onto it. The top of the front panel should be screwed on to the inner tray panel.

    2. The aluminum case (slipped over the drive tray like a sock and attached with the rubber feet) has the same issue. It is basically just sitting there without any connection to the drive trays. This is bad for cooling and again, is causing a rattle from the vertical vibrations of the drives. In a design like that the free sitting enclosure should at least be connected with a rubber square as seen in many 30-60$ aluminum enclosures.

    The electronics and OS are fine although the front controls are really just a gimmick and are not really needed.

    Editors: Unless you want to work with earplugs don't buy them. The Vent is cheap and noisy. Compared to the G-Raid 3... No, the G-Tech products are in a completely different league. This is a very poorly designed Raid that looks flashy, is a disaster under the hood and will be guarantied trouble.

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