Sabio Storage’s drive includes two 500GB drives as standard, which can be expanded to a total of 2TB if necessary. The array includes a plethora of connection options, with a MiniUSB port, an eSATA connection and two FireWire 800 ports, allowing you to daisy-chain devices together.
The RAID offers four types of storage out of the box, along with a neat piece of software that helps you set up the one you need. If you need a high-performance drive that will write files quickly, RAID 0 is the way to go. If you want to ensure you never lose files, you’ll be wanting to set it up using RAID 1. For a more simple solution you can use SPAN, which will combine the disks into one large storage space, or JBOD, which will allow you to use each disk individually.
The software included makes it simple to set these up, and the options available are excellent. However, what was really impressive was the performance of the drive. We tested with a number of video and image files, and all were extremely quick. If we’re honest we didn’t notice much difference between RAID 0 and the rest of the set-ups, but that’s because they were all extremely quick. The use of the FireWire 800 port obviously helped with this speed, but with eSATA being (theoretically) even faster, we really are impressed by how this array performs. It’s not cheap, but the options for storage on this array means you can choose to store you data however you like.