Storage Tower

The Storage Tower is another innovative storage enclosure solution from Addonics that offers tremendous customization flexibility to fit practically any storage application that you can ever imagine. Comes with 4 standard 5 1/4" drive bays, a strong power supply and in a compact footprint, the Storage Tower can accommodate up to 4 full height optical drives or six 3.5" hard drives or a combination of these devices in various mixes. With choice of back panels featuring eSATA, SATA Multilane, USB, USIB or a mix of these connectors, various IDE, ATAPI or SATA devices installed into the Storage Tower. The drives inside the Storage Tower can be individually interfaced to computers via USB 2.0, Firewire, eSATA connection or can be combined via a Port Multiplier (PM) to form a large capacity, high performance external RAID system with redundancy to protect against data loss due to drive failure.

Example of back panels with different interface connection

Using the back panel with eSATA or the latest SATA Multilane connectors, you can build yourself a high performance (up to 6 Gbits/sec using SATA III) external storage system or a terabyte storage farm, and connect it up to 6 feet away from the computer system! Any SATA devices inside the Storage Tower can be easily converted into eSATA (the latest external SATA standard). Each drive can be connected directly to a eSATA host controller for maximum throughput in any system. For better cable management, multiple SATA devices inside the Storage Tower can be connected to system via one cable by installing a Port Multiplier (PM) or a SATA Multilane bridge.

The Storage Tower with a built-in Hardware Port Multiplier (HPM) is an ideal external RAID storage solution for sharing by different computers. Once the HPM is configured, the entire RAID set can be attached to any eSATA port or USB 3.0 port of any system. Click here for a Port Multiplier Tutorial.

With Addonics USIB interface on the back panel, any IDE or SATA device in the Storage Tower can be converted into USB 2.0 or Firewire connection by attaching the Addonics optional USIB interface cables.

illustration of 3.5" hard drive installation

When combines with various Addonics Mobile Racks, the Disk Array 3SA , 2.5" to 3.5" IDE converter and the optional drive mounting brackets, the configuration possibilities for the Storage Tower become almost endless. enlarge image for more detail click for detail click for more detail enlarge image for more detail click for more detail click for detail click for more detail enlarge image for more detail click for detail For the security conscious, Diamond Cipher Drive Cartridge System or Saturn Cipher Cipher Mobile Rack can be added to provide bullet proof hardware security to protect the data.

Examples of various storage devices that can be installed into the Storage Tower
Click here for a complete List of Storage Devices that can be Installed into the Storage Tower


A list of devices which can be installed in the Storage Tower

To ensure efficient cooling of all the storage devices inside the enclosure, the Storage Tower includes two high CFM cooling fans and well ventilated side panels. Both side panels can also be easily slide open to provide easy access for storage device installation and cable connection.

Note: drive mounting brackets and connecting cables outside the Storage Tower as shown in the above pictures are for illustration purpose and are available as options.

  • Great for variety of storage applications - external RAID storage, Video storage, Server storage
  • 4 standard 5 1/4" drive bays
  • Accommodate up to maximum 4 standard ATAPI optical devices or 4 3.5" hard drives, 5 3.5" hard drives (requires the Disk Array 4SA and 1 mobile rack) or 6 3.5" hard drives (requires additional 2 Disk Array 3SA)
  • Back panels with the following connection choices or a combination:
    • Hardware Port Multiplier-XU (AD5HPMREU) to connect up to 4 SATA/SATA II/SATA III hard drives to computer via any eSATA or USB 3.0/2.0 port. Can be configured as RAID 1, 0, 10, 5, 3, BIG, or Clone mode. (RAID setting is configured through onboard dip switches or included Windows software)
    • 5x1 eSATA Hardware Port Multiplier-XA Enclosure Version (AD5HPMRXA-E) to connect up to 4 SATA/SATA II/SATA III hard drives to computer via any eSATA port. Can be configured as RAID 1, 0, 10, 5, 3, BIG, or Clone mode. (RAID setting is configured through onboard dip switches or included Windows software)
    • 5X1 eSATA Port Multiplier (AD5SARPM-E) to connect up to 4 SATA/SATA II/SATA III hard drivesanddagger to computer as via 1 eSATA port (requires a PM compatible SATA controller). Can be configured as RAID 1, 0, 1+0, RAID 5, JBOD or as individual drives.
    • Multilane bridge (AD4SAML) for the latest SATA Multilane connection to connect up to 4 SATA/SATA II/SATA III hard drives to system via 1 Infiniband Multilane cable
    • JBOD USB (AD4IDEU2) to connect up to 4 IDE hard drivesanddagger as JBOD (1 large combined drive or 2 large combined drives), or 4 individual drives to computer via 1 USB 2.0/1.1 port
    • 4 eSATA connectors for connecting 4 hSATA/SATA II/SATA III ard drives to system via 4 individual eSATA cables.
  • Stylish clear acrylic exterior
  • Light weight and sturdy aluminum construction
  • Compact size
  • Ventilated side panels for efficient air flow
  • Dual ball bearing high CFM low noise cooling fans
  • 220W 110/220 power supply
  • Individual drive can be hot swapped* when SATA Mobile Racks or Disk Array are installed into the drive bay

* For eSATA connection, hot swap feature depends on the controller. All Addonics SATA controllers support the hot swap feature. The Storage Tower can be powered down and restarted to swap out hard drive without rebooting the system.

**Independent drive configuration is only supported with controllers with Silicon Image SIL3124 or SIL3132 chip set or via USB port.

anddagger IDE and SATA hard drive can be mixed in the Mini Storage Tower. IDE hard drives can be changed to SATA interface with the addition of IDE - SATA converter. SATA hard drives can be changed to IDE interface with the addition of SATA - IDE converter.

Drive Bays 4 standard 5 1/4" drive bays
Connectors on back panel
  • ST45HPMXA, ST45HPMXA-B - eSATA connector
  • ST45HPMXU, ST45HPMXU-B - eSATA and USB 3.0/3.0 connectors
  • ST5X1PM, ST5X1PM-B - 1 eSATA connector
  • ST4SAML, ST4SAML-B - 1 MultiLane 4X connector
  • ST4IDEU2, ST4IDEU2-B - 1 USB 2.0 type B connector
  • ST4US, ST4US-B- 4 USIB connectors
  • ST4ESA, ST4ESA-B - 4 eSATA connectors
  • STMPC,STMPC-B - no back panel

Supported Operating Systems

  • USB 2.0/1.1 - Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Linux kernel 2.4 and higher, Solaris 9.0 and higher, Mac OS 10
  • Firewire/iLink - Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Mac OS 9.0
  • eSATA - DOS, Windows NT/SP6, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, 2003, Linux kernel 2.4 and higher, Mac OS 10

Power Supply:

220 Watts 110/220V input

Cooling fan 2

Weight:

9.1 lb (4.13 kg)

Size:

8.19 x 12.94 x 8 inch (W x D x H)

Operating Humidity:

20% - 80%

Operating Temperature:

5°C - 35°C

Warranty:

One Year

Note
The compatibility of ATAPI DVD+/-RRW and CDRW drives connecting to USB or Firewire depends on several factors: the firmware in the ATAPI drive, the software, OS and the USB 2.0 electronics. We have tested a number of drives in this enclosure using Nero Express software and Cyberlink PowerDVD. The table below summarizes the list of drives that have been tested to work with this enclosure. It is not possible for us to test all the different models of ATAPI devices out in the market. We will constantly update this list whenever new device has been tested. We cannot guarantee that all ATAPI devices will work in this enclosure. If you are installing a device that is not in the list below, make sure you are using the latest version of software and firmware to ensure better compatibility. We apologize that we cannot offer technical help on devices that are not in our list. However, we can offer to test the drive for you if you can send us the drive. To make arrangements, email us using the Tech Support query form.


System Requirements

  • PC/AT or Compatible System
  • One of the following IO ports: eSATA, USB 2.0/1.1, or Firewire/iLink port
  • Pentium II 350 MHz or Greater
  • Minimum 64 MB RAM

PRODUCTS

STMPC-B - (Storage Tower for Mini PC, black color)
power cord and user guide,
Price: 119.00
ST45HPMXU-B - (Storage Tower in black color with 5X1 HPM-XU installed)

Connect to system via eSATA port or USB 3.0/2.0 port. 5 drives can be configured as RAID0, RAID1, RAID3, RAID5, RAID10, JBOD, Clone Mode using built-in hardware RAID.

Price: 225.00
ST45HPMXA-B - (Storage Tower in black color with 5X1 HPM-XA installed)
Connect to system via eSATA port or USB port using optional eSATA to USB adapter. 5 drives can be configured as RAID0, RAID1, RAID3, RAID5, RAID10, JBOD, Clone Mode using built-in hardware RAID.
Price: 209.00
ST5X1PM-B - (ST (black), 5X1 Port Multiplier)
power cord, 4 4P-15 pins SATA power connectors (AA4PSAPC), and 5 SATA data cables (AASAIDC18I) and user guide.,
Price: 189.95
ST4IDEU2-B - (Storage Tower (black) with JBOD USB 2.0 )
power cord, 2 12inch UDMA IDE cable (AA2IDE80-12), and user guide.,
Price: 145.00
ST4MS-B - (ST (black) with mini SAS (SFF-8088))
ST4MSL-B Storage Tower (black color) with 4 SATA - mini SAS (SFF-8088) connector on back panel. Connect up to 4 SATA device inside Storage Tower to any system via 1 external mini SAS cable.
Price: 149.95
ST4SAML-B - (Storage Tower (black) SATA Multilane)
power cord, 4 4P-15 pins SATA power connectors (AA4PSAPC), 4 SATA data cables (AASAIDC18I) and user guide.,
Price: 149.95
ST4SAUS-B - (Storage Tower (black), 4 USIB for SATA)
power cord, 4 internal SATA 8inch cables, user guide,
Price: 155.00
ST4US-B - (Storage Tower (black), 4 USIB ports)
power cord, 4 IDE 80-pin 8inch ribbon cable, user guide,
Price: 155.00
ST6ESA-B - (Storage Tower(black), 6 eSATA ports)
ST6ESA-B Storage Tower (black color) with 6 eSATA ports on back panel.
Price: 139.99
STMPC - (Storage Tower for Mini PC, silver color)
STMPC Storage Tower (silver color) with removable back panel. Great for Mac Mini or small PC applications.
Price: 119.00
ST45HPMXU - (Storage Tower in silver color with 5X1 HPM-XU installed)

Connect to system via eSATA port or USB 3.0/2.0 port. 5 drives can be configured as RAID0, RAID1, RAID3, RAID5, RAID10, JBOD, Clone Mode using built-in hardware RAID.

Price: 225.00
ST45HPMXA - (ST (silver color), with 5X1 HPM-XA)
Storage Tower (silver color) with 5X1 HPM-XA Enclosure Version installed. Connect to system via eSATA port or USB port using optional eSATA to USB adapter. 5 drives can be configured as RAID0, RAID1, RAID3, RAID5, RAID10, JBOD, Clone Mode using built-in hardware RAID.
Price: 209.00
ST4IDEU2 - (Storage Tower (silver) with JBOD USB 2.0)
ST4IDEU2 Storage Tower (silver color) with JBOD USB 2.0 bridge. Connect up to 4 IDE hard drives via 1 USB 2.0 connection. The 4 Hard drives can be configured as 1 drive or 2 drives JBOD or as individual drive. External USB connecting cable is not included.
Price: 145.00
ST4SAML - (Storage Tower (silver) SATA Multilane)
ST4SAML Storage Tower (silver color) with SATA Multilane connector on back panel. Connect up to 4 SATA device inside Storage Tower to any system via 1 4X Infiniband Multilane cable.
Price: 149.95
ST6ESA - (Storage Tower(silver), 6 eSATA ports)
ST6ESA Storage Tower (silver color) with 6 eSATA ports on back panel.
Price: 139.99

ACCESSORIES

AAMS150 (Ext. Mini SAS to Mini SAS cable,150 cm)
External mini SAS (SFF-8088) to external mini SAS (SFF-8088) connector cable, 150 cm (~ 4.9 ft.)
Price: 55.00
AAMS300 (Ext. mini SAS to mini SAS cable, 300 cm)
External mini SAS (SFF-8088) to external mini SAS (SFF-8088) connector cable, 300 cm (~9.8 ft.)
Price: 75.00
AAMSIB150 (Mini SAS to InfiniBand cable,150 cm)
External mini SAS (SFF-8088) to InfiniBand connector (SFF-8470) cable, 150 cm (~ 4.9 ft.)
Price: 59.00
AAMSIB300 (Mini SAS to InfiniBand cable, 300 cm)
External mini SAS (SFF-8088) to InfiniBand connector (SFF-8470) cable, 300 cm (~9.8 ft.)
Price: 79.00
AASA2SAP15C (eSATA - SATA converter cable, 15 cm)
AASA2SAP15C Converter cable for adapting external standard SATA cable to the new External SATA (eSATA) connector. Require additional SATA cable to connect to standard SATA devices. This adapter cable is ideal for connecting SATA storage devices to controllers with eSATA ports such as the Addonics 4-port External SATA II PCI-X controller ADS3GX4R5-E.
Price: 9.00
AASAEDC3F (External SATA data cable, 100 cm.)
AASAEDC3F 100 cm. external Serial ATA cable with standard SATA conncectors on both ends of the cable. Constructed with heavy duty shielding and connector to ensure reliable connection to external data storage devices.
Price: 9.00
AASA2SA100C (External eSATA - SATA cable, 100 cm)
AASA2SA100C eSATA to SATA connecting cable, 100 cm. eSATA connector on one end and heavy duty SATA1 (regular SATA connector) on another end. Great for connecting external SATA storage device to eSATA port.
Price: 12.99
AAESATA100C (eSATA - eSATA cable, 100 cm.)
AAESATA100C 100 cm. eSATA connecting cable with eSATA connectors on both ends. Full compliance with eSATA specification. Great for connecting external storage device with eSATA connectors to eSATA host controller.
Price: 9.00
AAESATA200C (eSATA cable, 200 cm (6 ft.))
AAESATA200C 200 cm. eSATA connecting cable with eSATA connector on both ends. Full compliance with eSATA specification. Great for connecting external storage device with eSATA connectors to eSATA host controller.
Price: 13.99
AAIB4C150 (Infiniband 4X multilane SATA, 150 cm.)
AAIB4C150 Infiniband 4X Multilane SATA cable. 150 cm with secure thumb screws. Compliant with SFF 8470 and include SATA2 blocking keys
Price: 59.95
AAUSBAB6F (USB A-B cable 6 feet)
AAUSBAB6F 6 feet USB 2.0 A-B cable. Compatible with Addonics Storage Tower ST4IDEU2, external drive enclosure AE5IDECSU2, AE5IDECSUF, AE5SACSU2 and AE5SACSUF. Can also be use as a replacement USB printer cable.
Price: 3.99
ADU3ESA (USB 3.0 to eSATAp adapter)
one USB 3.0 to eSATAp Adapter, user guide,
Price: 29.95
AAHDMK53 (3.5" hard drive bracket in 5.25" bay)
AAHDMK53 Mounting brackets for 3.5" hard drive in 5 1/4" drive bay.
Price: 3.50
STSSDVR (tool for security screws)
STSSDVR Special tool for tightening and loosing the security screws on the Storage Tower.
Price: 14.95
STSS-R6X32 (Security screws for Storage Tower)
STSS-R6X32 A pair of security screws for locking the side panels of the Storage Tower, top cover of the Mini Storage Tower and other Addonics Storge Tower. Screws also used to secure top cover on standard computer cases. This screw prevents users from opening the Storage Tower or computer case to temper the inside.
Price: 2.00
AAMK53 (3.5" drive bracket for 5.25" Bay-Black)
5 1/4inch drive bay mounting bracket (black) for 3.5inch removable drive such as Addonics internal DigiDrive, 2.5inch Mobile Rack, MO or Iomega ZIP,
Price: 5.00
ASTBP3 (ST back panel III, 1 PM, 2 eSATA, 1 USIB)
ASTBP3 Storage Tower back panel only with pre-punch holes for installing up to 1 Port Multiplier or 2 SCSI 50-pin connectors, 2 eSATA and 1 USIB ports
Price: 6.00
ASTBP4 (ST back panel IV, 2 SCSI-1, 3RJ45,silver)
ASTBP4 Storage Tower back panel only with pre-punch holes for installing up to 1 Port Multiplier or 2 SCSI 50-pin connectors and 3 RJ45 connectors. Designed for installing Addonics iSCSI sub system.
Price: 6.00
ADSAUSPCB (SATA - USIB connector converter PCB kit)
SATA-USIB Connector, USIB PCB power cable, Addonics Cradle USIB PCB power cable, 8inch SATA data cable, user guide,
Price: 27.99
STPS220 (220W power supply for Storage tower)
STPS220 Replacement power supply for Storage Tower
Price: 49.95
AASATAB-e (1 eSATA port with 12" cable)
AASATAB-e SATA to eSATA connectorwith 12" cable. Designed to mount onto Storage Tower back panel. Convert any SATA device to eSATA female connection.
Price: 3.00