Bloggers, journalists, photographers and videographers make maximum use of digital storage and a simple USB stick may not be enough to save all those valuable work-related and personal files. HighPoint introduces a solution, a high performing USB 3.0 external drive for speedy, high volume backup.
Highpoint Technologies Inc. is an industry leader in manufacturing Host Bus Adapters (HBA) and storage solutions. HighPoint, following its USB 3.0 RocketU cards, introduces the RocketStor, the very first 10 GB/s dual-bay USB 3.0 external backup solution for both Mac and PC systems. It is not a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device but is still capable of communicating at fast rates.
At first glance, I thought I was looking at an oven toaster but realized that I am looking at a docking station, hence the resemblance.
Basically, the RocketStor is a USB 3.0 hard drive dock that is equipped with a pair of USB 3.0 connectors positioned at one end. The device utilizes two USB 3.0 links which allow it to perform at a rate of 10 GB/s. The majority of SATA, HDDs and SSDs are supported by the SATA 6.0 GB/s docking bay interface. The RocketStor is intended for small scale businesses and professionals in search of high performance, easy-to-use backup storage.
Highpoint offers two versions of this hard drive dock: the Smart Backup and the Smart RAID. The main difference between the two models is that the Backup version is intended for use in Windows computers and includes backup software enabling easy one touch backup. The RAID version is intended for Mac OS X and includes basic RAID drive management utility.
The idea is that the RocketStor ought to function with any USB 3.0 connection given that two ports are accessible and it has not been specified by Highpoint that a USB 3.0 add-in card is required. Both the Smart Backup and Smart RAID versions can accommodate up to two 3.5 or 2.5 inch drives.
The Smart Backup, intended for Windows computers, sells at around $90. The RAID, intended for Mac systems, sells for $189. The price of the RAID includes a two port PCI Express x4 USB 3.0 host controller.
Overall, the RocketStor USB 3.0 hard drive dock looks like a good investment to me. How does this USB hard drive seem to you? Comment below to let us know!