Fusion QR 4-drive
Reliable, Simple & Flexible Storage
Looking for an affordable desktop multi-drive storage system? Sonnet’s Fusion QR should be on your short list. This versatile 4-drive RAID 5 SATA storage system delivers reliable operation, simple configuration, and flexible connection options in a small, budget-friendly package. This Sonnet storage system is equipped with a high-performance internal storage controller that manages the enclosed 3.5" hard drives and offers five drive configuration options (including RAID 5). Its USB 3.0, eSATA, and dual FireWire® 800 ports provide you flexibility in connecting the system to just about any computer. The QR even includes a built-in carrying handle to make this rugged and lightweight system highly portable.
Hardware-Based RAID 5 Storage Controller Onboard
The Fusion QR’s integrated storage controller supports RAID 5 formatting without additional hardware or software, providing data protection in the event of a single drive failure and eliminating the need for a specialized RAID controller card. In addition to RAID 5, the QR supports RAID 10, Span, and JBOD(1) drive formatting. With RAID 10, two drives are combined into a single volume, while the remaining two drives mirror the data on the first two, providing good performance and better file security. Span formatting combines all four drives` capacity into a single, large volume. The JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) formatting option enables more concurrent audio file editing capabilities. Whichever mode you choose, setup is as simple as setting a switch. Drive operation and health status is available at a glance with multi-color LEDs.
Choice of Connections
Connecting the Fusion QR to your computer is simple. This storage system features a quad interface that requires just a single data cable to connect the enclosure your computer, simplifying setup and cutting cable clutter without compromising performance. The USB 3.0 port enables you to connect the system to nearly any computer equipped with USB ports. The eSATA port allows you to connect to computers with eSATA controller cards, and it supports Sonnet’s exclusive locking eSATA cables that prevent accidental cable disconnection. FireWire 800 connectivity is provided to support older computers. For your convenience, Sonnet includes the cables for each interface (USB 3.0 with standard full-size A and B connectors, FireWire 800, and eSATA with Sonnet-exclusive locking connectors) so you don`t need to buy a new one or search for a spare. In case you want to use an interface your computer lacks, Sonnet offers a wide variety of
Compact, Rugged & Portable
The Fusion QR is compact—it`s not significantly larger than the four hard drives it holds. Its outer enclosure is made of extruded aluminum, making it lightweight, yet rugged. A large, built-in carrying handle makes the QR easy to carry, but for times when you prefer to keep it in place, the QR incorporates a slot for Kensington® and similar security locks to secure the system and deter theft.
Quiet Enough to Sit Beside You
To keep things cool, the Fusion QR uses an external power supply, allowing the use of a single, large fan to cool the drives. The fan runs quietly, make the QR suitable for use in many noise-sensitive environments, too.
The Fusion QR delivers data transfers up to 250 MB/sec read and 240 MB/sec write with its drives configured as a RAID 5 group. The flexibility and interoperability that the QR provides are a great match for the various operating systems, applications and output demands your workflow requires. Because this Fusion storage system uses an integrated storage controller, it supports Mac®, Windows®, and Linux® computers, no configuration software required.
Just Add Drives
With new, higher-capacity hard drives introduced every few months, your choice of drives continues to expand. To allow you the widest selection possible, Sonnet sells the Fusion R400 RAID USB 3.0 without hard drives; just purchase the drives that best suit your capacity and performance needs(2).
- When connected to your computer via eSATA, JBOD formatting requires the use of a SATA host controller with port multiplier support.
- In all modes except JBOD, Sonnet strongly recommends the use of four identical drives in the Fusion QR. Due to varying operating characteristics, the use of different drives may lead to issues ranging from reduced total capacity, to louder operation, to RAID failures.
Protected Data—RAID 5 support offers enhanced security for your critical files, providing data protection in case one of the drives fails
RAID Controller Onboard—Integrated hardware RAID controller supports RAID 5, RAID 0, RAID 10, JBOD, and span drive configurations with no specialized controller card needed
Quad Interface—Choice of USB 3.0, dual FireWire 800, and locking eSATA interfaces; three cables included
Simple Configuration—A simple switch enables you to select RAID modes and configure the drives to meet your performance and data security needs
Simple Status Display—Determine operating status at a glance
Highly Portable—Rugged and lightweight enclosure with built-in handle allows the QR to be picked up and moved easily and securely
Quiet Fan—Low fan noise level makes this Fusion storage system suitable for use in noise-sensitive environments
Mac (Intel-based), Windows, or Linux computer
OS X® and OS X Server 10.6.8+
Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista®, and Server: 2012, 2008