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The ForteRAID offers huge capacity and blazing speed in a desktop package. Connected by eSATA, FireWire, or USB 2.0, it gives you the freedom to move projects between multiple systems and use the fastest interface available on each system. With hardware RAID 0, 5, 10, and Spanning modes, ForteRAID squeezes a ton of technology in a compact tabletop enclosure. These RAID modes provide speed, fault-tolerance, or a combination of both. If a drive fails when running in one of the fault-tolorent drive modes (RAID 5, 10), you can remove and replace it with a spare drive without losing any data. ForteRAID also allows for a "hot-spare": an online spare drive present in the chassis, allowing for immediate rebuild without user intervention.

High-performance RAID for content creators

With up to 12TB capacities, fast transfer rates and fault-tolerant RAID modes, ForteRAID is perfect for storing content creation assets, such as digital photographs, video files, audio files, and huge sound libraries. Configured in RAID 5 or RAID 10 mode, both of which are fault-tolerant modes, ForteRAID can survive a disk failure without loosing valuable data. In content creation environments, the highest possible bandwidth is needed. ForteRAID features an eSATA port, which enables 250MB/s sustained transfer rate using a high-performance eSATA card. (The included EC2 eSATA card provides general eSATA connectivity, up to 125MB/s). Check our knowledgebase for information about faster eSATA cards. ForteRAID has been tested with Digidesign Pro Tools** in multiple RAID modes, check our Pro Tools track count page for test results.

Configured with Glyph Manager

Take a closer look at Glyph Manager 4 Software

A software utility for setting the internal RAID mode, Glyph Manager 4 also displays health status of the enclosure and drives inside. While many other RAID systems are configured using a rotary switch and LEDs, Glyph Manager offers a rich user interface which reports case temperature, fan speed, individual drives' health status and temperature, as well as any drive errors or rebuild failures. Glyph Manager constantly monitors the health of the ForteRAID as a background task using S.M.A.R.T. commands. If a problem is detected, it blinks the front LEDs red, and bounces an icon in the Mac OS X dock or displaying an error balloon from the Windows System Tray, alerting the user to open Glyph Manager for more information. By constantly monitoring the drives, you have a chance to backup your data before any is lost due to drive failure. Download Glyph Manager 4 software here.
On 32-bit operating systems, Glyph Manager is supported using USB and FireWire. On 64-bit operating systems, Glyph Manager is supported using USB.

Configurable Drive Modes

RAID 0 (striping) is designed for increased speed but offers no redundancy benefits. RAID 0 spreads data across array members in blocks, and is ideal for situations where speed and capacity are most important. It's a proven technology for video editing, working with huge graphics files, sound libraries, and streaming instruments that play hundreds of samples simultaneously. RAID 0 provides the full capacity of the drives, and is the default shipping drive mode.

RAID 1 (mirroring) uses only two of the 4 internal drives. It offers the data redundancy and real-time backup by writing the same data to two hard drives at the same time. Should a drive failure happen, data is still available on the remaining drive. Usable capacity is equal to capacity of 1 drive.

RAID 3 (striping with a dedicated parity drive) offers speed and data redundancy by using parity data which is stored on a dedicated drive. Should a drive failure happen, the remaining members of the array calculate the missing data and rebuild to a spare drive. The spare drive can be inserted after the failure, or can be online and waiting (hot spare). For RAID 3, usable capacity is 3/4 of the entire capacity. For RAID 3 + hot spare, usable capacity is half the entire capacity.

RAID 5 (striping with distributed parity) offers speed and data redundancy by using parity data which is striped across all drives. Should a drive failure happen, the remaining members of the array calculate the missing data and rebuild to a spare drive. The spare drive can be inserted after the failure, or can be online and waiting (hot spare). For RAID 5, usable capacity is 3/4 of the entire capacity. For RAID 5 + hot spare, usable capacity is half the entire capacity.

RAID 10 (striping + mirroring) creates two pairs of mirrored drives, and stripes across them for a very good balance of speed and redundancy. Useable capacity is equal to half of the entire capacity. RAID 10 is perfect for situations where the data integrity is more important than the capacity, such as audio recording and editing, photography, and sample libraries/sound libraries.

Spanning mode simply shows all four drives as one large volume. Spanning provides the full capacity of the drives, with no benefits to speed or redundancy.

Stylish Protective Enclosure

The ForteRAID is constructed with a scratch-resistant aluminum chassis, and includes a large 80mm low-RPM fan. The aluminum chassis offers additional heat transfer properties while allowing the system to be lightweight and portable.

Professional Power

Professionals know that a high quality power supply is one of the most important components in any piece of equipment. Glyph uses an internal power supply in the ForteRAID for this reason. All internal power supplies are fully auto-switching for international use.

Best Warranty in the Industry

We are confident that our drive systems perform at the most reliable level. We back them up with a 3-Year warranty, 2-Year Free Basic Data Recovery Policy, and 1-Year Advance Replacement on the removable drives (U.S. Continental 48 States only).

ForteRAID is not qualified for Uncompressed HD (8-bit or 10-bit) playback or editing.

**Older versions of Pro Tools® (version 8 and lower) do not support record or playback on disks larger than 2TB. The problem has been fixed in Pro Tools 9 and higher. Please read our knowledgebase article for more information.

Older versions of Windows, such as 2000 and XP 32-bit, use Master Boot Record which doesn’t support volumes larger than 2TB. When the total capacity of the RAID is 2TB or higher, you must format the array using GPT in Windows. Please read our knowledgebase article for more information.

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