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Direct Attached Storage

Portable Drives (for high-end laptops)

USB C (3.1)

Thunderbolt 3

Glyph BlackBox Plus SSD with USB C interface

Glyph BlackBox Plus

TEKQ Rapide Thunderbolt 3

Features

Features

Drive Type
Interface

Capacity
Transfer Speed
Size (WxDxH)
Weight
Warranty

SSD
USB C 3.1 – Compatible with:
USB 3.0, 2.0 & Thunderbolt 3
512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3.8TB & 7.68TB
Up to 450MB/sec
93 x 145 x 20 mm
476g 

3 years

Drive Type
Interface

Capacity
Transfer Speed
Size (WxDxH)
Weight
Warranty

SSD
Thunderbolt 3 – Not compatible with:
USB C 3.1 or Thunderbolt 1 & 2
240GB, 480GB, 960GB
Read 2.3GB/sec & Write 1.3GB/sec

45 x 98 x 12 mm
135g 

1 year

Portable Drives (for most laptops)

Thunderbolt & USB 3.0

FireWire 800 & USB 3.0

G-DRIVE Mobile with Thunderbolt
OWC Mercury On-The-Go

G-DRIVE Mobile with Thunderbolt

OWC Mercury On-The-Go

Features

Features

Drive Type
Interface
Capacity
Transfer Speed
Size (WxDxH)
Weight
Warranty

Conventional
Thunderbolt & USB 3.0
1TB
Up to 136MB/sec
82 x 129 x 13 mm
295g 

3 years

Drive Type
Interface
Capacity
Transfer Speed
Size (WxDxH)
Weight
Warranty

Enclosure (You choose the hard drive)
Thunderbolt & USB 3.0/2.0
TBD
TBD 
76 x 140 x 25 mm
312g 

1 year

Desktop Drives (Non-RAID)

Thunderbolt 3 & USB C

FireWire 800 & USB 3.0

G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Rear

G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt

OWC Mercury Elite Pro

Features

Features

Drive Type
Interface
Capacity
Transfer Speed
Size (WxDxH)
Weight
Warranty

Conventional
Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.1/3.0/2.0
2TB, 6TB, 8TB & 10TB
Up to 250MB/sec
5.12 x 8.27 x 1.79 inch
2.73 lbs 

5 years

Drive Type
Interface
Capacity
Transfer Speed
Size (WxDxH)
Weight
Warranty

Enclosure (You choose the hard drive)
FireWire 800 & USB 3.0/2.0
TBD
Up to 300MB/sec
4.6 x 9 x 1.5 inch
3 lbs 

1 year

Desktop Drives (RAID)

Dual Drive Array

5 Drive Array

Akitio Thunder3 RAID Station Rear-View
TerraMaster D5 Thunderbolt 3 front view

Thunder3 RAID Station

OWC Mercury On-The-Go

Features

Features

Drive Type
Interface
Capacity
RAID Support

Transfer Speed

Size (LxWxH)
Weight
Warranty

Enclosure (You choose the hard drives)
Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.0/2.0
Up to 20 TB in RAID 0
RAID 0, RAID 1, SPAN, Non-RAID

Thunderbolt 3: 40 Gbit / USB 3.1: 10 Gbit 
23.8cm x 8.5cm x 14.7cm
6.35 lbs
2 years

Drive Type
Interface
Capacity
RAID Support

Transfer Speed
Size (WxDxH)
Weight
Warranty

Enclosure (You choose the hard drive)
Thunderbolt 3
Up to 60 TB in RAID 0
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, JBOD, and Single

Thunderbolt 3: 40 Gbit 
227 x 225 x 136 mm
2.46 kg 

2 years

Network Access Storage (NAS)

2-Bay Freestanding

Standard

Fire & Water Proof

ioSafe 218 angle view

Synology DiskStation DS218+

ioSafe 218

Features

Features

Processor

Memory
Capacity
Interfaces

Size (HxWxD)
Weight
Noise Level
Warranty

Intel Celeron J3355, Dual Core 2.0 burst up to 2.5 GHz
2 GB DDR3L expandable to 6GB
Up to 12TB in mirrored RAID 1
RJ-45 1GbE LAN, USB 3.0 & eSATA 
165 x 108 x 232.2 mm
1.30 kg
19.3 dB

2 years

Processor

Memory
Capacity
Interfaces
Size (WxDxH)
Weight
Noise Level
Warranty

Marvell Armada 385 Dual Core 1.3 Ghz

512MB DDR3
Up to 8TB in mirrored RAID 1
RJ-45 1GbE LAN, 2 xUSB 3.0, USB 2.0

150 x 230 x 292 mm
28 lbs (12.7 kg)
19.9 dB

1 year

5-Bay Freestanding

Standard

Fire & Water Proof

Synology DiskStation DS1517+
ioSafe 1517 front view

Synology DiskStation DS1517+

OWC Mercury On-The-Go

Features

Features

Processor

Memory
Capacity
Interfaces

Size (HxWxD)
Weight
Noise Level
Warranty

Intel Atom C2538, Quad Core 2.4 GHz

2/8 GB DDR3 expandable to 16GB
Up to 36TB in RAID 6
4 x RJ-45 1GbE LAN, 4 x USB 3.0 & 2 x eSATA 
166 x 250 x 243 mm
4.46 kg
26.2 dB

3 years

Processor

Memory
Capacity
Interfaces

Size (HxWxD)
Weight
Noise Level
Warranty

Annapurna Labs Alpine AL-314, Quad Core 1.7 GHz
2 GB DDR3L
Up to 36TB in RAID 6
4 x RJ-45 1GbE LAN, 2 x USB 3.0 & 2 x eSATA 
157 x 248 x 233 mm
4.15 kg
22.4 dB

3 years

Rackmount

4-Bay

12-Bay

Synology RackStation RS818+
Synology RackStation RS2418RP+

Synology RackStation RS818+

Synology RackStation RS2418RP+

Features

Features

Processor
Memory
Capacity
Interfaces
Size (HxWxD)
Weight
Noise Level
Warranty

Intel Atom C2538, Quad Core 2.4 GHz2
2GB DDR3 expandable to 16GB
Up to 24TB in RAID 6 or 10
4 x RJ-45 1GbE LAN, 2 x USB 3.0 & eSATA 
44 x 480 x 492.6 mm
6.21 kg
28.5 dB

3 years

Processor
Memory
Capacity
Interfaces

Size (HxWxD)
Weight
Noise Level
Warranty

Intel Atom C3538, Quad Core 2.1 GHz
4 GB DDR4 expandable to 64GB
Up to 120TB in RAID 6
4 x RJ-45 1GbE LAN & 2 x USB 3.0
88 x 482 x 724 mm
13.85 kg
54.1 dB

3 years

Bare Drives (SATA)

Conventional Hard Drives

Recommended

High Capacity

Seagate BarraCuda Pro Hard Drive 2TB

Seagate BarraCuda Pro Hard Drive 8TB

Features

Features

Form Factor & Intf
Spindle Speed

Max Sust. Transfer Rate
Cache

Operating Power
Weight
Warranty

3.5″ SATA 6Gb/sec
7200 rpm
195 MB/s
128MB
9 Watt 
550g / 1.21lb
5 years

Form Factor & Intf
Spindle Speed

Max Sust. Transfer Rate
Cache

Operating Power
Weight
Warranty

3.5″ SATA 6Gb/sec
7200 rpm
220 MB/s
256MB
6.8 Watt 
705g / 1.554lb
5 years

Solid State Drives

Standard

Fire & Water Proof

Crucial MX500 SSD

Crucial MX500 250GB

Crucial MX500 500GB

Features

Features

Form Factor & Intf
Sequential R/W
Warranty

2.5″ 7 mm SATA 6Gb/sec
560/510 MB/s

5 years

Form Factor & Intf
Sequential R/W
Warranty

2.5″ 7 mm SATA 6Gb/sec
560/510 MB/s

5 years

Conventional Hard Drives designed for NAS

Minimum Capacity

High Capacity

Western Digital Red Pro 2TB
Western Digital Red Pro 8TB

Western Digital Red Pro 2TB

Western Digital Red Pro 8TB

Features

Features

Form Factor & Intf
Spindle Speed

Max Sust. Transfer Rate
Cache

Operating Power
Weight
Warranty

3.5″ SATA 6Gb/sec
7200 rpm
164 MB/s
64MB
7.8 Watt 
1.58 lbs / 0.72 kg
5 years

Form Factor & Intf
Spindle Speed

Max Sust. Transfer Rate
Cache

Operating Power
Weight
Warranty

3.5″ SATA 6Gb/sec
7200 rpm
235 MB/s
256MB
8.8 Watt 
1.58 lbs / 0.72 kg
5 years