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CalDigit HDOne

Editors are the unsung heroes behind every movie you’ve ever watched. Theirs is a difficult and often extended job sometimes made easier and faster by superior editing tools. In the past, they had to rely on inferior hard drives that store too little data and often fail at the most inopportune times. These days SATA drives that can store up to one terabyte of information are sold for approximately a hundred bucks each. With RAID systems, editors won’t even have to worry about drive failures. RAID-5 and RAID-6 refer to RAID systems that are designed for both data protection and speed, which means you can keep on working without losing your data even if your hard drive has inexplicably failed.

With the lightning advancement of technology, there are even some hard drives out there that are fast and dependable. However, having a RAID system installed will give you additional peace of mind while working, although they can gat a bit expensive. One of these excellent hardware solutions is made by a small Californian company called CalDigit Inc. CalDigit recently released HDOne. It comes in an attractively printed, glossy, yellow, white, and black box that smacks of the CalDigit’s distinctive trademark. CalDigit HDOne features pre-striped, pre-formatted, tested, configured, drives that are ready to be installed in a RAID-5 configuration. Each drive is even numbered, making it easier to tell its proper location in the HDOne enclosure. Installment is a breeze. All you have to do is simply pop open the pre-mounted; locking arm cover plate with the small key provided and slide each drive into the proper slot. The drives simply lock into place with a small click.

CalDigit HDOne works only with MacBooks. Before you can start using CalDigit HDOne, you still need to install the CalDigit bridge card. CalDigit HDOne does not have a controller card because the controller is built into the enclosure. CalDigit HDOne works with all types of Macs whether it has PCIx slots, PCIe slots, or a MacBook Pro with an Express card slot. Owners of Power Mac G4 or a pre-XW8000 Avid HP workstation need not despair; CalDigit HDOne also works with these models. As an added bonus, CalDigit HDOne has two-lane cards that allows you to run two 8-bay HDOne towers from a single card.

The beauty of CalDigit HDOne is its unobtrusiveness. Once installed, you tend to forget it’s there. It doesn’t make a lot of noise when it’s working and even though it holds eight hard drives, it doesn’t take up that much space. Having CalDigit HDOne gives you a great deal of confidence that comes in knowing that it has your back just in case your hard drive fails. CalDigit HDOne is a fairly sturdy unit, but when some of its parts do wear out, replacements are easy to find.

If you’re looking for a reliable RAID system to back-up your files, you can do worse than CalDigit HDOne, but you certainly can’t do better.

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