RocketStor 5212

Layers Magazine by Erik Vlietnck

Fast Thunderbolt Disk Docking Station

The RocketStor 5212 is the first Thunderbolt disk-docking station on the market. It’s a dual-bay dock that can simultaneously handle 3.5? and 2.5? disks of up to 4 TB each. Made of white ABS plastic, the RocketStor 5212’s one Thunderbolt port dictates that the unit sits at the end of the daisy chain.

I ran various tests on the device, including its ability to maintain transfer speeds suitable for video editing. A Western Digital Blue 1-TB disk docked in the RocketStor 5212 gave me a 140-MB/s write speed and a 135-MB/sec read speed. Under ideal circumstances, this disk maxes out at a 179-MB/s burst rate. You can use the RocketStor 5212 for extended periods of time, although this will heat up the disk considerably.

During this test, I found the RocketStor 5212 shows S.M.A.R.T. (self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology) data as if the inserted disk was an internal one—no firmware gets in the way. I copied a total of 48,000 files, images, and video. The copying test took one-and-a-half hours to complete. read more...

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