HighPoint RocketStor 5322 Reviewccokeman - February 15, 2013
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HighPoint RocketStor 5322 Closer Look:
Taking a look at the 5322 on its own is a short trip around the dock. From the front you have the RocketStor logo with the transfer method to the top right. The left and right hand sides are void of connectivity while the top and rear views are where all of the interesting parts are. On the top of the RocketStor 5322 are a pair of SATA 6Gb/s drive sockets that are capable of using both 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch form factor disk drives. The drive socket covers flip down to accommodate either size drive. Along the top of the dock at the front is the power button power LED combo. To the right are the buttons used to eject the disk drives out of the drive sockets; eject one out of the socket while powered up and the RocketRAID 642L will let you know as it screams in protest. To the left side of the dock are the drive activity lights for each drive socket.
Connectivity options for the RocketStor 5322 are limited to, as might have guessed by now, a pair of 6Gb/s capable eSATA ports that can be connected to a PC or Mac via the included one meter long 6Gb/s eSATA cables. The drive is backward compatible with eSATA 3Gb/s devices with a reduction in overall bandwidth capacity. By pairing the RocketStor 5322 with the RocketRAID 642L the 5322 will deliver up to 12Gb/s of data throughput. To the right of the eSATA connections is the power supply port that connects to the Channel Well Technology-built power brick to deliver the 12v DC current needed to power the 5322.
Installing disk drives into the RocketStor 5322 is as simple as it gets. Line up the drives data and power connections, firmly push the drive into place to seat it, and you are done with that part of the process. By supporting both 2.5 and 3.5 inch form factors the dock supports the widest array of drive options. Each of the dual bays can be accessed independently at speeds that truly approach what you would see with the drive mounted internally and run off a SATA port integrated into the motherboard. Additionally you can run a RAID configuration using a pair of identical drives or JBOD configurations with a pair of different drives.
Without the configuration tools the RocketStor 5322 is going to need some help running a RAID set. Let's look at the tools available to the end user to set up the operating parameters of the RocketStor 5322.