When I received the Mapower
MAP-TB32 dual SATA RAID enclosure for review, the first question I had was "Who is Mapower?" With a little research I learned that Mapower has been in business since 1987, and primarily manufactures industrial chassis, power supplies, external enclosures, and mobile racks. They are a relatively small company with a main office in Taiwan and two manufacturing facilities in China.
Mapower's product line includes several drive enclosures and network attached storage (NAS) devices. The TB32 is available in two versions, the MAP-TB32US and MAP-TB32CS. The TB32US supports USB2.0 and JBOD, while the TB32CS adds support for eSATA and RAID. Mapower offers the TB32CS in black or silver, and we will be reviewing the silver TB32CS version today.
The TB32CS can accept two 3.5” hard disk drives and supports USB2.0 as well as eSATA . The enclosure offers the following multiple disk configurations; Normal, SPAN, RAID-0, RAID-1 and two special configuration modes that Mapower calls SAFE33 and SAFE50. I will give you a better idea of what exactly these combined modes are later in the review.
Features & Specifications:
» Model No./ Interface: MAP-TB32CS-01-1A / USB 2.0 + eSATA
» Drive Type: Two 3.5" SATA HDD's
» Special Feature: RAID 0, RAID 1, SAFE33, SAFE50 and JBOD Support
» Front & Rear Panel: Plastic
» Outer Case: Aluminum
» Dimensions (WxDxH): 223 x 110 x 85 mm (8.78 x 4.33 x 3.35 inches)
» Package: TB32CS Enclosure, Data Cable, Adapter, User Manual
» Power Source: External Universal Switching Power Adapter (12V/5V)
» O.S. Support: MS Windows, Mac OS
» Hard Drives Supported:
» Western Digital drives up to 2TB (combined)
» Seagate drives up to 1.5TB (combined)
The front side of the box (below left image) depicts both the black and silver versions of the enclosure. The top side of the box (below right image) shows you which color you actually have.