AAPL Stock: 118.03 ( -0.85 )

Printed from

Highpoint launches USB 3 Backup and RAID enclosures

updated 09:00 pm EDT, Mon March 12, 2012

Can use dual USB 3 port for up to 10Gb per second

HighPoint Technologies has launched two new Mac and PC compatible external storage solutions using USB 3.0 for a theoretical speed of up to 5Gb per second per port, or 10Gb per second total possible throughput in the dual-bay, "toaster" design RocketStor Smart Backup and RocketStore Smart RAID. The units can accommodate two SATA standard-size HDD and SSDs up to 6Gb per second in speed and can work with add-on USB 3 PCI-E cards.

The units, which are also backward-compatible with USB 2, are hot-swappable and hot-pluggable and come with a configurable "Snap" button that can be set up to run automatic backups. The Smart Backup is aimed at small business and media professionals who need flexible, easy-to-use backup solutions. The unit offers an adaptive backup mode that intelligently backups up only new or updated files, and a timestamp feature that allows users to restore files from previous versions.

When connected to a USB 3 PCI-E card such as HighPoint's own line of Mac-compatible RocketU cards, transfer speeds up to a theoretical 10Gb per second can been sustained. Both it and the Rocketstor Smart RAID come with an included USB 3 cable.

The RocketStor Smart RAID is designed specifically for Mac Pros and OS X 10.7 Lion. The unit is the same external enclosure as the Smart Backup, but comes bundled with a 2-port USB 3 PCI-E 2.0 x4 controller card. In addition to all the features of the RocketStor Smart Backup unit, it comes with a browser-based management interface that lets it be set up for RAID 0, 1 and JBOD arrays and up to a possible 10Gb per second throughput utilizing the included controller card.

The unit also supports single drives and non-RAID configurations, and can work with SATA devices between 3-6Gb per second. Both the Smart Backup and Smart RAID will be available over the course of March from a variety of resellers as well as directly from HighPoint. Prices have not yet been announced.

by MacNN Staff



Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented