Pros

  • Impressive read and write speeds
  • Smart NAVI software makes configuring easy
  • Multiple RAID levels

Cons

  • Slow
  • Physically bulky
  • Noisy during startup

Manufacturer’s Description

The Promise SmartStor DS4600 is a complete 4-bay Firewire/USB RAID solution equipped with four 1TB 7200-rpm SATA drives and powerful hardware RAID engine for small servers, creative pro workstations or users that need fast external storage and robust data protection.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number TX711VCA
Storage
Drives included 4.0
Drive type External
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • FireWire 400
  • FireWire 800
  • USB 2.0
  • eSATA
Firewire
  • FireWire 400
  • FireWire 800
USB 2.0 Yes
Serial ATA eSATA
Warranty
Warranty information 2 Years
Warranty information 2 Years
General Features
Bus Powered 0.0
Case
Internal Drive Bays 4.0

Warranty Information

2 Years

Performance

Macworld Lab
USB - copy 1GB to External Drive 45.0   (CLOB) seconds
USB - duplicate 1GB file on external drive 70.0   (CLOB) seconds
USB - Low memory Photoshop test 240.0   (CLOB) seconds
FireWire 400 - copy 1GB to External Drive 36.0   (CLOB) seconds
FireWire 400 - duplicate 1GB file on external drive 64.0   (CLOB) seconds
FireWire 400 - Low memory Photoshop test 216.0   (CLOB) seconds
FireWire 800 - copy 1GB to External Drive 28.0   (CLOB) seconds
FireWire 800 - duplicate 1GB file on external drive 42.0   (CLOB) seconds
FireWire 800 - Low memory Photoshop test 165.0   (CLOB) seconds