ORICO NAS RAID/JBOD Enclosure Review

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Orico 9558RU3 – an excellent home-use NAS appliance

We would rate the Orico 9558RU3 5-Stars. We’re using the ‘priced-right’ enclosure as an appliance to put a collection of 2Tbs to 4Tbs HDs on line rather than have them just sitting in a drawer. Our use case employs this Orico 9558RU3 enclosure and its JBOD (Just a bunch of drives), as opposed to a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) strategy, as a backup and storage archive for a life of digital pictures, family videos and important documents. This appliance effectively functions as a backup appliance capable of supporting 5x HDs to 6Tbs each, to the data on our Seagate 8Tbs Personal Cloud.

Having built our home with a Gigabit LAN wired infrastructure throughout, we have extensive experience with a myriad of home-user bandwidths besides Gigabit LAN. Eg.:
USB 2.0 – maximum bandwidth of 480 Mbit/s
USB 3.0 – maximum bandwidth of 5 Gbit/s, also known as SuperSpeed USB - that translates to 640 MBps (megabytes per second)—ten times faster than USB 2.0 (aka Hi-Speed USB)
eSATA – maximum bandwidth of 6 Gbit/s

We are particularly interested in Network Addressable Storage (NAS) to protect our 2x Win-10 HP Laptops, 2x Win-10 Desktop(s), 2x Samsung Android S6 & S7 Smart Phones and 2x Samsung Android Tab S2 Tablets. We were disappointed to learn that, after purchasing our Seagate 8Tbs Personal Cloud, that this Seagate cloud was purposely crippled against Win-10 HD image backups and was not recognized as a backup destination for a Win-10 HD image backup across our Gigabit LAN infrastructure without the additional purchase of the Acronis Backup Software Suite. However, the Seagate Cloud was a compatible destination for Win-10 continuous file version backups. Further, the Orico eSATA interface required adding an eSATA multi-function card to access the 4-drives installed in the 4-drive enclosure. Only one drive was seen by the Win-10 default eSATA interface.

Installation of the Orico appliance was a snap for a Win-10 system with an available USB 3.0 port and connection through a USB 4-port hub. My strategy was to move, without re-formatting, 4-drives from a previous, aged eSATA Orico enclosure, to the new Orico USB 3.0 only enclosure and not lose any archival data or even having to re-identify the drives for my backup strategy with the previous Orico eSATA box. It worked like a charm and our home system archival strategy continued unabated.
Unlike the Seagate 8Tb Personal Cloud with a hardwire Gigabyte LAN interface, the Orico USB 3.0 interface Enclosure is recognized by Win-10 for every backup and archival strategy without additional S/W or hardware.

The enclosure feels solid and is a quiet, and is a welcome addition to our home computing environment. Further, I like that we are able to bring a laptop into our home office and plug the enclosure into a laptop 3.0 interface port and access the drives conveniently just as if they were plugged into an office desktop.

At first blush, we give the ORICO 9558RU3 purchased from Newegg for $159.99 with free shipping on 1 Jan 2017, a rating of 5-stars. Further, we find the USB 3.0 interface transfer rate totally adequate for our use case purposes. ~ Steve