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Raidon Runner GR2660 RAID Storage Enclosure Review

Raidon Runner GR2660 RAID Storage Enclosure Review
Tyler takes a look at the Raidon Runner, a 2.5" storage enclosure offering RAID capabilities, in a solidly built unit, that also sells at a good price.
By: Tyler Bernath | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Sep 6, 2014 5:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Raidon

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Over the last few months, we have seen plenty of plug and play storage solutions come through the labs here at TweakTown. With that, we have also seen quite a few 3.5" storage enclosures, but we really have not seen many 2.5" enclosures supporting RAID.

 

Today, we get our first look at the GR2660 from Raidon. The GR2660 is a dual bay RAID enclosure supporting 2.5" solid state drive or hard drives.

 

Additionally, The GR2660 utilizes tool-less installation allowing easy setup of your storage solution. For connectivity, the Raidon device uses USB 3.0 with UASP support, while RAID modes include 0, 1 and JBOD. Compatibility of the Raidon Runner extends to Windows, OS X, and Linux.

 

MSRP for the Raidon Runner is listed at $134.99 with a one-year warranty.

 

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Scope of delivery for the Raidon Runner includes a USB 3.0 cable, power adapter, along with reading materials.

 

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The front of the Runner houses both bays each with LEDs for activity.

 

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The back of the Raidon is where you will find all the connectivity and RAID option switches. The default setting is RAID 1.

 

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In our first run through testing, we set the Raidon for RAID 0 with two Toshiba SSDs. Results in this mode came in at 408 MB/s read and 402 MB/s write.

 

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Moving over to RAID 1, we did not lose much performance at all. With our Toshiba SSDs, the Runner produced 408 MB/s read and 392 MB/s write.

 

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Lastly, we swapped over to JBOD and gave the Raidon another run through CDM. With JBOD, we were able to achieve 408 MB/s read and 402 MB/s.

 

The Raidon Runner is a rather decent drive enclosure for those wanting a RAID solution for spare 2.5" drives. The RAID switches worked without issues and the overall build quality seemed to be quite solid.

 

Performance of the Runner was rather good as well. We were able to reach 408 MB/s read in all three RAID modes with our Toshiba SSDs. In fact, the only thing holding the Raidon back from maxing out USB 3.0 is the JM561 RAID controller.

 

Overall, the Raidon is a pretty solid device thanks to its aluminium construction, and adding to that, performance that would be perfect for adding two high capacity 2.5" hard drives in a RAID 0 or even RAID 1 if you are looking for redundancy.

 

One downfall I did find with this enclosure was its availability. In fact, I could not find this enclosure anywhere in the USA at the time of this review.

 

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