Raidon GR5630-WSB3 4-Bay Desktop Storage System ReviewNemo - November 3, 2011
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The GR5630-WSB3 does not come with any hard drives, which means you'll have to purchase and install your own. All this entails is a screwdriver to install the drive in the removable hot swap drive trays.
The tray removal process is simple, as all you need to do is press the release button for the hard drive clamp and move the arm to the left to unlock the tray. Then you simply remove the tray by pulling it off the drive bay. Once the tray is removed, you'll notice that, unlike most of the NAS units we've reviewed, these drive trays do not have a bottom. Instead, there is a plastic spacer that gives the assembly enough rigidity to install it in the drive bay when there is no drive present. You will need to remove the four mounting screws from the tray (be sure to save the screws for later) and remove the plastic spacer as shown in the screen shot below. You install the drive with the printed circuit board side down and the power/data connectors facing the rear. You will need to line up the side mounting holes with those on the drive and install the mounting screws. You can use the four screws you removed earlier and additional screws are included in the accessory pack. The completed hard drive assembly should look like the final screen shot below.
With all the trays removed, you can get a good look at the interior of the drive bay with the four power/data connectors located on the backplane at the rear of the bay. The completed tray/hard drives slide along the mounting rails until they make contact with the backplane. A firm push will get them seated securely, at which point you can close the locking arm.
With the installation process completed and the trays back in the enclosure and locked down, we're ready to connect the unit to the PC. With three different interface connections available, you'll need to choose between eSATA, FireWire 800, and USB 3.0. Once you've decided, you can use the appropriate cable from the accessory box to get things hooked up. The final act is to connect the power cable to the GR5630-WSB3 and power the system on.
Looking at the configuration of the GR5603-WSB3, our first move is to check out the installation CD to look at the user manual as well as install any utility associated with the unit. Unfortunately, there was no manual on the CD associated with our model number, nor was there a utility listed for the GR5603-WSB3. Contacting Raidon didn’t shed any light on the situation, as we didn’t get a response from either the marketing contact or the technical support group. So, how do we set this unit up? Fortunately, the quick installation guide (QIG) card was of some use here, as was the LCM display. According to the QIG, once the unit has powered up and finished the initialization process, it is ready to go and the display will show 'Active'. Unlike the NAS units we’ve reviewed, where the display was a nice feature to have with a management GUI to serve as the primary interface, on the GR5603-WSB3 the display will be our only means of interacting with the device.
With the unit up and initialized, the only remaining configuration step is to go into the operating system and create a partition and then format the volume using the file system of your choice. That’s it, which is a real change of pace from the pages and pages of options provided by a NAS server. Our next move is to examine the features before we move on to testing.