When it finally came time to replace my trusty Glyph PortaGig 100 GB hard drive, I did so with the buspowered PortaGig 62, priced at $279 street (the line lists for $309 to $785).

The PortaGig 62 is a portable RAID data storage system in a tiny package (4.8 inches wide, 3.6 inches deep and 1.7 inches tall). The PortaGig’s all-metal enclosure surrounds a pair of 2.5-inch SATA hard drives, 1 to 3 TB sizes at 5,400 RPM and 320 GB to 1 TB at 7,200 RPM.

When configured to RAID 0, drive performance is improved but there is no redundancy. RAID 1 configuration provides redundancy by allowing data to be written identically to both internal drives. Spanning mode writes data sequentially across both drives. The included Glyph Manager software provides easy drive configuration and performance monitoring.

The PortaGig 62 features connectivity and bus-power via FireWire 800 or connectivity via USB 2.0 or eSATA ports. The drive includes a wall-wart as an alternative to bus-power.

Although larger than my Porta- Gig 100 GB hard drive, the Portagig 62 is still small and, considering its data transfer speed, connection options and software control, it’s massively more powerful. In use since last December, and it has performed flawlessly.

Used in sessions with large track counts at up to 192 kHz, the drive worked perfectly in all RAID modes.

Besides the lack of a protective carry case, the PortaGig 62 comes as close to perfection as possible.

Glyph Technologies