The Granite Digital SATAVue Hot-Swap has an industrial look. Constructed of heavy aluminum, it feels practically tank-like. However, underneath the heavy shell hides a hare, not a tortoise.
The SATAVue has two SATA connections on the back, each one going to its own drive. You create a software RAID via Apple’s Disk Utility.
Formatted as RAID 0 (combining both drives as a single volume), the SATAVue performed very well in our QuickBench tests, scoring the fastest average read speed (125 MBps) among similar drives we’ve tested recently.
Granite Digital has some interesting options when it comes to powering the SATAVue. First, it offers redundant power supplies for the RAID (if one power supply fails, your RAID can still operate). The company also offers a PCIe SATA host adapter that can pass electrical power to the RAID, so you don’t even need external power supplies.
|Price per gigabyte||$0.96|
|Connectors||(2) eSata “L”|
|Rotational Speed||7,200 RPM|
|Other capacities||320GB ($360), 500GB ($480), 1.5 TB ($1,360)|
|Average Read Speed||125 MBps|
|Average Write Speed||136 MBps|
|Copy 1GB to Drive||0:30|
|Duplicate 1GB on Drive||0:35|
|Low Memory Photoshop CS Suite||0:57|
Macworld’s buying advice
While the Granite Digital SATAVue Hot-Swap may not win any design awards, it performed very well in our tests. It’s a heavy-duty, speedy RAID. At $960, the 1TB version is a little pricey considering that you can buy the bare enclosure for only $160 from Granite Digital and then fill it with drives.
[ Anton Linecker is a writer and video technical advisor living in Los Angeles. ]SATAVue Hot-Swap 1TB