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Hydra Super-S LCM

As of January 1, 2015, the Hydra Super-S LCM has been discontinued and this model is no longer being manufactured, sold or maintained.

The Hydra Super-S LCM was a 4-bay storage enclosure with built-in hardware RAID designed for up to four 3.5" hard disk drives. It featured a 4-in-1 interface with eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0.

There is no new version available for this particular model. As an alternative, please consider the Taurus Super-S3 LCM, a 2-bay storage enclosure that also comes with a built-in RAID controller and similar interfaces, including eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 3.0.



Hydra Super-S LCM

Maximize your storage capacity with four 3.5" SATA hard drives with the Hydra 4-Bay RAID enclosure. An ultra durable aluminum casing provides efficient heat dissipation, plus an extra large powerful rear fan keeps your hard drives cool during long hours of operation. Advanced RAID technology provides extra protection for all your valuable data content. Additionally, this device comes with an LCD display, allowing the user to easily check the device status, monitor its performance and customize its settings! The Hydra will surpass all your high performance storage needs.


  • Configurable hardware RAID controller (JBOD spanning, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 3, RAID 5, RAID 10)
  • LCD display for easy device configuration, event information and access to details about the drives
  • Critical parameters such as HDD temperature and fan speed can be monitored easily with help of the LCD display
  • Utilizes Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology also known as S.M.A.R.T. to obtain data directly from the HDD
  • Versatile interface including eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0
  • Customizable smart fan that automatically regulates fan speed according to the internal temperature
  • 2TB volume option for systems that do not support large volumes
  • Utilizes hardware accelerated RAID rebuild engine
  • "Hot Swap" removable rack


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Model No. Hydra Super-S LCM
Part No.
  • HY-SAFBA5U2LOA1-AKTU (without drives)
  • CE
  • FCC
  • 2-year limited warranty
Case material
  • High quality aluminum for optimized heat dissipation
  • Two to four 3.5" SATA-I, SATA-II or SATA-III hard drives
  • Capacity 80GB - 4TB per HDD
  • Four hard drives of identical capacities are recommended
RAID mode
  • JBOD (spanning)
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 3
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 10
  • 1x eSATA port
  • 2x 9-pin FireWire 800 ports
  • 1x 6-pin FireWire 400 port
  • 1x USB 2.0 High Speed port
Data transfer
  • eSATA up to 3Gbps (300MB/s)
  • FireWire 800 (1394b) up to 800Mbps (100MB/s)
  • FireWire 400 (1394a) up to 400Mbps (50MB/s)
  • USB 2.0 up to 480Mbps (60MB/s)
System requirements (PC)
  • eSATA: Windows XP or above
  • FireWire 400/800: Windows XP or above
  • USB 2.0: Windows XP or above
  • Your hardware device must have the correct corresponding port (e.g. USB 2.0, FireWire 800 or PCI card)
  • eSATA Plug and Play support required for host card driver
System requirements (Mac)
  • eSATA: Mac OS 10.4 or above
  • FireWire 400/800: Mac OS 10.2 or above
  • USB 2.0: Mac OS 10.2 or above
  • Your hardware device must have the correct corresponding port (e.g. USB 2.0, FireWire 800 or PCI card)
  • eSATA Plug and Play support required for host card driver
System environment
  • Operating Temperature: 5°C ~ 35°C
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C ~ 60°C
  • Relative Humidity: 5% ~ 95% (non-condensing)
Power supply
  • Internal power supply (UL, cUL, CE, TUV approved)
  • Protection: OCP, OVP, Short
  • Input: AC 90-260V, 50Hz/60Hz
  • Output: DC +5V/8.4A, +12V/6A (12V peak current 4A/10sec)
Fan noise level
  • 38 dB(A)
Dimensions (LxWxH)
  • 9.6 inches x 7 inches x 5.3 inches
  • 24.5cm x 17.7cm x 13.5cm
Package contents
  • Hydra enclosure (HDD not included)
  • eSATA cable
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • FireWire 400 cable
  • FireWire 800 cable
  • User manual
  • Retail Box Size: 12.9 x 10.7 x 8.4 in. (32.7 x 27.2 x 21.4 cm)
  • Carton Size (2pcs per carton): 17.7 x 13.6 x 11.8 in. (45 x 34.5 x 30 cm)
  • In order for the computer to access volumes larger than 2TB, both the hardware and Operating System need to support large volumes (e.g.: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.4 and above).