How fast can a quartet of hard drives push data across Thunderbolt 2?
Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate on the fast-speed bus. The problem is that the introduction of new ports doesn't preclude the need to use old ports. Highpoint has a solution for those eSATA drive cases in the Thunderbolt 2 RocketStor 6324L host adapter for eSATA devices. Bridging devices for older connectors can be expensive, and sometimes its worth it to replace the enclosure instead -- does the value equation hold up for this speed-oriented adapter? Check our review to find out.
New dock features dual USB 3.0, eSATA, audio, pass-through Thunderbolt
HighPoint Technologies has launched the "world's first" Thunderbolt 2-powered connectivity dock, the RocketStor 6351A. Each of the dual five-gigabit-per-second USB 3.0 ports and 6Gb per second eSATA port is powered by dedicated controller, allowing for peak speed for connected peripherals. Audio and Gigabit Ethernet ports round out connectivity options, with a pass-through Thunderbolt 2 port to daisy chain up to five devices downstream of the dock.
HighPoint launches RocketStor 5422A 2-Bay USB 3.0 Drive Dock
HighPoint has announced the release of its third-generation, dual-dedicated, 5GB-per-second USB 3.0 storage dock, the RocketStor 5422A. Capable of supporting any off-the-shelf SATA SSD and hard drive, the dock is compatible with any performance level from SATA 1 to SATA III, supports 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors, and hard drives up to 6TB in capacity can be accommodated. The RocketStor 5422A supports common Power Management features provided by Windows and OS X operating systems, such as Sleep Mode and Hibernation. Priced at $60, the drive dock is now available.
SmartShell, FlexFit, and SlimShell cases now available for iPad Air, mini and iPhone 5
Patriot has announced the launch of three new cases for iPad Air, iPad mini and iPhone 5 family, featuring various polycarbonate designs. The SmartShell has an integrated polycarbonate casing with a microfiber material screen cover, providing 360-degree coverage with elevated bezels for screen protection. The FlexFit is thinner, and offers more basic scratch protection. Featuring a "Smart Sleep" function, the iPad enters sleep mode when the cover is closed over, and reactivates upon opening. Both iPad cases' covers fold into a multi-position stands for various viewing and typing angles.
Four- and eight-channel devices adapt older external storage enclosures
Storage and networking device maker Highpoint is adding a pair of new Thunderbolt devices to its product lineup. The storage connectivity vendor has debuted the eight-channel Rocketstor 6328L, along with the four-channel RocketStor 6324L eSATA and SAS Thunderbolt 2 adapters at this week's National Association of Broadcasters show.
Hardware solution supports eight SAS, SATA drives in RAID, more with multipliers
One of the first hardware RAID adapters for Thunderbolt 2 has popped up on the market from accessory maker HighPoint. The RocketStor 6328 features seven RAID configurations, supporting SAS and SATA hard drives and solid state drives.
Can a pricey dual-drive Thunderbolt dock make a dent in the market?
Highpoint has a wide series of hardware for every aspect of drive connectivity. Its only logical that the company would churn out a Thunderbolt version of its 5000-series dual-drive dock. Sure enough, earlier this year, the RocketStor 5212 Dual-Bay Thunderbolt Storage Dock for both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives shipped a bit earlier this year, to take advantage of Intel's and Apple's new connectivity standard. Check our review to see if the latest drive dock from Highpoint is a vital IT pro's toolbox.
Drive dock duplexes pair of USB 3.0 connections for max throughput
We've spoken about the convenience of drive docks in the past. If a user has any significant quantity of data to back up, optical media just won't do -- magnetic high-density media, like hard drives, are the way to go. Docks are a logical and flexible device to procure to eliminate the need for costly cases for multiple drives. We reviewed the SATA-3 version of the 5122B dual-channel drive dock, but is the ubiquity of the USB 3.0 port a benefit, or a hindrance to the device? Read on to find out!
New cards support up to 32 drives with port multipliers
HighPoint, an industry leading Storage HBA and solutions manufacturer, has launched a new selection of cost-effective hardware RAID HBAs for PC and Mac platforms -- the RocketRAID 362x series. The new line of PCI-E RAID cards are ideal for large-scale configurations of 6Gb per second SATA hard drives, and were designed specifically for I/O intensive business and media applications that require data redundancy coupled with consistent transfer rates.
Speedy OSX and Windows USB 3.0 RAID implementation tested
Apple was one of the first -- if not the first -- major computer manufacturers to provide then-fledgling USB support at the expense of legacy ports on its iMac line some 15 ago. Since then, the Mac maker hasn't always been the fastest at adding new USB protocols to machines, generally lagging six months or more behind, depending on the product line. The Mac Pro is languishing these days, awaiting a revamp -- but still has no USB 3.0 ports, despite an incremental update last summer boosting the speed of the computer somewhat. Highpoint Technologies has had strong support for the Macintosh and OS X despite only one current line of hardware having PCI-E slots. The latest offering from the company is the quad-channel Rocket-U 1144CM 4x PCI-E USB 3.0 card for the Mac Pro, and MacNN got a chance to test one out.
Each port slaved to individual USB 3.0 controller
HighPoint Technologies is now shipping the industry’s first USB 3.0 Storage Host Bus Adapter (HBA) available for Mac OS X 10.68 through 10.8.x -- the RocketU 1144CM. This third-generation, PCIe 2.0 x4 RAID HBA delivers 5Gb per second per-port performance and supports up to four external USB SSD’s, hard drives or enclosures.
Electronista evaluates how quick a drive dock can get
Modern drive docks are awfully convenient. Without taking the time or expense to case a hard drive, contents are readily accessible to the user -- and with the advent of eSATA drives docks, most are hot swappable (assuming the OS allows it). Storage solution provider HighPoint has an excellent paired solution for PCIe equipped machines -- the HighPoint RocketStor dual-channel 5322 SATA drive dock, and the newly-released RocketRaid 642L PCI-E x4 expansion card. Electronista was recently given the chance to give the pair a spin. See what we thought about this speedy drive dock.
HighPoint cross-platform 642L RAID card examined
While a handful of drives is adequate for most, there are situations calling for a truly epic amount of storage -- either internal or in external RAID cases. Or perhaps a specific computer has an older SATA protocol on its motherboard, and the need for speed is beckoning -- on a budget. Either situation is addressed by the new PCI-E x4 HighPoint RocketRaid 642L. By itself, the specs for the HighPoint RocketRaid 642L card are fairly impressive. The card is a full 6Gb per second PCI-E controller with a pair of external e-SATA ports, and a pair of internal SATA as well. With port multiplying cases, the e-SATA ports can support five drives each, for a total of ten external drives. Specs are one thing, actual utility is another. Electronista was given a chance to try out this new card, click to see what we thought!