Saturday 4 June 2011

ShadowProtect Backup Via USB 3.0

This is pretty neat:


A standard 500GB Seagate 7200 SATA drive is plugged into one of the NexStar USB 3.0 docks to run a backup of the drive.

It is averaging about 90MB/Second for the job as of now. The job finished in a little over three minutes averaging 87.5MB/Second!

Compare that to the average 20MB/Second that same drive would have run on a USB 2.0 connection and we can see the time savings benefits right away for the refresh we did on this Data Mule system (previous blog post).

NOTE: We could not get the Vantec NexStar USB 3.0 dock (NST-D300S3) to work when it was plugged directly into the USB 3.0 port on the back of the Intel Desktop Board DQ67SW. We needed to plug a Vantec USB 3.0 Hub (UGT-MH430U3) into the motherboard’s port and then the NexStar into that before any drive would be picked up.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

*Our original iMac was stolen (previous blog post). We now have a new MacBook Pro courtesy of Vlad Mazek, owner of OWN.

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jasper said...

Do you have recommended USB 3.00 card fro current generation Intel Server Motherboards?



Philip Elder Cluster MVP said...


Anything I have seen so far has been "No-Name" stuff which would never find its way into a server.

If Adaptec, 3Ware, LSi, or other like storage vendor had one that would be the route we would go. Even if the card cost four times or more than the consumer card.