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Apple Promise SmartStor DS4600 4x1TB RAID System - TX711VC/A

The Promise SmartStor DS4600 is a complete 4-bay Firewire/USB RAID solution equipped with four 1TB 7200-rpm SATA drives and powerful hardware RAID engine for small servers, creative pro workstations or users that need fast external storage   Learn more about the product
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Promise SmartStor DS4600 4x1TB RAID System
The Promise SmartStor DS4600 is a complete 4-bay Firewire/USB RAID solution equipped with four 1TB 7200-rpm SATA drives and powerful hardware RAID engine for small servers, creative pro workstations or users that need fast external storage and robust data protection.

The Promise SmartStor DS4600 delivers blistering performance and robust data protection in a compact, ultra quiet design. No configuration is required; simply unpack and connect your power cable and Firewire 800, or USB 2.0 cable, to complete your installation. With four 1TB 7200-rpm drives and a powerful hardware RAID engine, the SmartStor DS4600 is the perfect solution for small servers, creative pro workstations and users that need fast external storage with great capacity. Perfect for protecting your valuable data of any type – pictures, music, video, data files. In addition, audio/video enthusiasts can utilize its fast data transfers for media content editing.

Easy to Use management software

SmartNAVI is an easy to use management application that can be used to provide vital enclosure information such as fan speed, temperature and voltage with event logging and email event notification. SmartNAVI also features a dashboard that provides the this vital information the moment the application is launched.

Best in Class Performance

The SmartStor DS4600 features the best in class performance over Firewire 800 and High Speed USB 2.0 interfaces. Transfer your digital media at lightning speeds between your Mac and the SmartStor DS4600.

Hardware RAID Protection for Small Business

Protect your valuable business data with a reliable hardware RAID solution. The SmartStor DS4600 can be used as large storage for a desktop system or as external storage solution on a small server. Providing 3TB of storage in RAID 5, youll have the capacity you need for data and backups with the protection of hardware RAID.

Desktop Workspace for Creative Mac Professionals

Photographers, video post production engineers, audio engineers and amateur professionals have the perfect companion in the SmartStor DS4600. Mac OS X professionals craving cost effective direct attached storage to protect valuable workflows, photo sessions, audio recording sessions and other irreplaceable digital content, should look no further than the SmartStor DS4600 to satisfy their multi-interface, high performance, direct attached storage needs.

Final Cut Studio professionals can utilize the raw power and high data transfer throughput of the Firewire 800 interface to Ingest and manipulate DVCProHD, ProRes, ProRes HQ and other SD and HD video formats with responsiveness and ease. The small form factor of the SmartStor DS4600 is ideal for those requiring portable storage for moving digital media between jobs and locations.

Cost Effective Expandable Storage for the Home

In todays digital world, you consistently acquire and amass large amounts of personal digital media using smart phones, digital cameras and digital video cameras, in addition to downloadable digital media acquired through online stores such as iTunes. With memories meant to last a lifetime, the SmartStor DS4600 can protect digital content from single drive failures whilst providing data protection, high availability and high reliability.

Flexible Backup Solution

Connect SmartStor DS4600 to your Mac for use with Time Machine to backup your critical system files, applications, data files, music, pictures and videos. SmartStor DS4600 also includes SmartSync client backup software for scheduled backups of your important data and digital media.

Use One Touch Backup to backup data “on the fly”. Create a schedule and then press the One Touch Button on the front of the SmartStor DS4600 at anytime to backup your computer.

Ultra Quiet, Low Power and Eco-Smart

The SmartStor DS4600 is RoHS compliant; in simple terms the SmartStor™ DS4600 is eco-friendly, keeping harmful lead out of the environment and our delicate ecosystems. Consuming a mere 40W under full load with four hard drives installed, it uses roughly 13% of the power consumed by the average 300W power supply in standard computers.

The Standby feature of the SmartStor DS4600 allows hard drives to spin-down during periods of inactivity, thereby reducing power consumption to as little as 14W.

Sporting a new enclosure design, a fan-less integrated power supply and a state-of-the-art fan control mechanism, system noise is never an issue making the SmartStor DS4600 idea for desktop, small office environments and any room in the house.


4TB of raw capacity (2.7GB in RAID 5, formatted with HFS+)
Advanced hardware RAID engine
Supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10
Attractive, compact and sleek enclosure
Ultra quiet design
USB 2.0 and Firewire 400/800 host interfaces
Hot-Swappable Bays for effortless replacement of failed drive
Robust error handling provides superior data protection
System Requirements:

Mac OS X 10.4.x or higher
One of the following host interfaces:
Firewire 800 (1394b) interface
Firewire 400 (1394a) interface
High-speed USB 2.0 interface
100 MB of Free Hard Disk Space
CDROM/DVD-ROM Drive for software installation

Whats in the box?

SmartStor DS4600
Firewire 800 (1394b) cable
High Speed USB 2.0 cable
Power cable
CD-ROM Disk with SmartNAVI Management Software and Product Manual
Quick Start Guide

Technical Specification

4-bay RAID Enclosure
Four 1TB 7200-rpm SATA drives – 4TB raw capacity (2.7TB in RAID 5 formatted HFS+)
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1 with hot spare, RAID 5, RAID 5 with hot spare and RAID 10 modes
One Firewire 400, two Firewire 800 and one High Speed USB 2.0 interfaces

Max Interface Transfer Rates

Firewire 800: up to 800Mbits/s (100MB/s)
Firewire 400: up to 400Mbits/s (50MB/s)
Hi-Speed USB 2.0: up to 480Mbits/s (60MB/s)
Sustained Data Transfer Rates

Firewire 400: up to 45MB/s
Firewire 800: up to 90 MB/s
High Speed USB 2.0: up to 35MB/s

Backup Software and One Touch Backup

Supports Time Machine in Mac OS X
SmartNAVI Management software with SmartSync backup
Create Scheduled backups and Restore backups to host system with a few clicks
Supports Drag and Drop of directory and files to backup
Use One Touch Backup Button to execute backup “on the fly”

Power Consumption

40W full load (read and write)
36W idle mode
15W standby mode


Power Adapter: 90-100W with PFC, 100-230V auto-ranging, 50-60Hz AC
Weight: 10.75 lbs
Dimensions: 188.2x152.5.229.6 mm (7.4x6.0x9.0 in)


2 Year Warranty with 1 Year Limited on Fan and Power Adapter

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