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Q. What storage devices can be
installed into the Storage Tower?
A. Any standard size ATAPI DVD, CDRW, DVD+/-RRW and Mobile Rack (the removable
hard drive kit) can be mounted into the Storage Tower. For 3.5" hard
drive, you need a set of hard drive mounting brackets which is available
from Addonics online store and many computer stores. For 2.5" hard
drive, you will need the same mounting brackets for 3.5" hard drive
plus the Addonics 2.5"
to 3.5" converter kit.
Removable drive such as Iomega ZIP, MO, Interface Flash
reader, Addonics internal DigiDrive or any 3.5" ATAPI device can
be installed using a 3.5" to 5 1/4" mounting bracket. This bracket
comes with a front bezel and is different than the bracket for the 3.5"
Q. How are the storage devices
inside the Storage Tower connected to eSATA, USB or Firewire port of the
A. Depends on the interface of the drive. In the case of a SATA device,
it connects to the SATA cable inside the Storage Tower. The SATA cable
is connected on the other end to a eSATA connector mounted on the back
panel of the Storage Tower. You can then connect an eSATA cable from the
back panel of the Storage Tower to the eSATA port of any computer.
In the case of IDE or ATAPI device, it connects to the
IDE ribbon cable inside the Storage Tower. The other end of this IDE cable
is connected to the Addonics USIB interface board mounted on the back
panel of the Storage Tower. You can then attach an Addonics USB or Firewire
USIB interface cable from the back of the Storage Tower to either the
USB or Firewire port of any computer.
Q. Can SATA, IDE and ATAPI devices
be mixed in the same Storage Tower?
A. Yes. That is the flexibility of the Storage Tower. But be sure that
you choose the correct Storage Tower model that havs the back panels with
the correct connectors and cables. There are models with back panel that
have both eSATA and USIB connectors. The eSATA is for SATA storage and
the USIB interface is for IDE or ATAPI devices.
You can also connect IDE device to the SATA cable by using
Addonics IDE to SATA converter.
Or connect SATA device to IDE cable by using Addonics SATA
to IDE converter.
Q. How far can the Storage Tower
be from the system?
A. This depends on the type of interface connection. For eSATA, the specification
is 2 meter or 6 feet maximum. We have tested the Storage Tower using 6
feet eSATA cables and notice no change in performance in data transfer.
The actual distance was more like 6 feet 8" including the connecting
cable from the back panel to the storage device. At this time, there is
no repeater available to extend eSATA beyond this 6 feet limit.
For USB and Firewire, maximum distance is 15 feet. You can extend this
15 feet segment continuously with multiple
repeater cables or hubs.
is USIB connector?
A. USIB stands for Universal Storage Interface BUS, a standard defined
and developed by Addonics for connecting various storage devices to computers.
Different USIB interface cable can be attached to the same USIB equipped
storage device and enable the storage device to attach to computer with
various interface connections. Visit the USIB
tutorial page for more detail information.
Q. Do I need to shut down or restart
the computer if the Storage Tower is turned off?
A. Not for USB or Firewire connection. For eSATA, be sure the SATA controller
in your computer supports hot swap. You can check with your system manufacturer
if you are not sure.
Q. When using Mobile Rack in the
Storage Tower, can the drive be hot swapped without restarting the computer?
A. Yes with SATA Mobile Rack. For IDE, Addonics Mobile Rack has a power
sensing connector on the Drive Cradle to provide hot swap via the USB
or Firewire connection. Other manufacturer Mobile Rack does not have this
support and thus will require shutting off the Storage Tower first when
swapping out the hard drive.
Q. How can the Storage Tower be
connected to my system that has only regular SATA port?
A. You can select a connecting cable with eSATA at one end and regular
SATA on the other end. The is cable is available from Addonics online
store and the part # is AASA2SA100C.
Q. Does the Storage Tower have
A. No. This Storage Tower is a general purpose enclosures. There is no
built in RAID function. But you can set up the hard drives inside the
Storage Tower with various RAID configuration by connecting to a RAID
controller. The Storage Tower provides individual drive connection through
the back panel. For eSATA, Addonics offer a family of RAID
controllers that allows the hard drives in the Storage Tower to be
configured as RAID 0,1, 5, 10, 1+S or JBOD.
Q. Can the Addonics SATA USIB interface
cable be used on the USIB connector of the Storage Tower?
A. Our testing discovered instability of data transfer using the Addonics
SATA USIB interface cable. As a result, we do not recommend using this
cable at this time. We are still looking into the cause of the problem.
It is our goal to support all Addonics USIB interface cable on the Storage