Specifications, Availability and Pricing
The Proware Technology EP-m501-AA is a 5-bay direct access storage solution that connects to your PC via eSATA. The unit has an integrated RAID controller that is able to run the system in RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 10, LARGE or CLONE. I think most users looking to use the system for storage will want to run the system in RAID 5 since it offers data redundancy and still provides a large amount of usable space for your data.
As mentioned previously, the miniEPICa Series EP-m501-AA uses 2.5 inch form factor hard drives. You are able to use the largest, 12.5mm drives with the system as long as they are SATA or SATA II. Many enthusiasts area already familiar with this size of drive since the Western Digital VelociRaptor is only available in the 12.5mm height. Seagate makes a handful of 12.5mm drives and the latest Constellation Series is one of the newest that is available with a SATA II interface.
The most efficient way of adding a miniEPICa Series EP-m501-AA to your personal computer is with an eSATA bracket and cable. The bracket attaches to an available SATA port in your PC and puts an external eSATA port on the back of your system. The enclosure then connects to your system cable and has its own independent power source.
When it comes to power, the system only uses a maximum of 60 watts. One of the biggest benefits to 2.5 inch drives is their ultra low power consumption and it shows in the miniEPICa systems.
When it comes to price, the miniEPICa Series EP-m501-AA is still new and difficult to find. Proware Technology has several products in Europe and the APAC region so it is reasonable for us to believe it will show up there first. Proware does have a new warehouse in California, so in the near future we should start to see their products carried by more U.S. e-tailers.