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Fusion 500P
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More SATAsfaction in a Box!

Is it just your imagination, or are your data storage needs multiplying faster than the national debt? Get your storage demands under control and think inside our box! Sonnet's Fusion™ 500P 5-bay Serial ATA (SATA) drive enclosure combines support for the fastest SATA drives with hot-swap versatility in a package built for performance. Fusion 500P is compact, but its small footprint will make a big impression—with its powerful built-in universal power supply, it is a great solution for anyone looking to store large amounts of data in a little package.

One Cable to Connect Them All

Fusion 500P employs a high performance SATA II port multiplier to manage the enclosed drives and connects to a SATA host controller card through a single port (1)—connect up to 5 drives to your computer with just a single eSATA cable! Auto-negotiation for 3 Gb/s and 1.5 Gb/s drives guarantees no switches, jumpers, or control panels need to be set, so installation is as simple as securing the drives to the trays.

Maximum Flexibility

With support for 3 Gb/s drives and backward compatibility with 1.5 Gb/s drives, you'll get maximum flexibility in drive choice for years to come. The five hot-swap drive trays offer great freedom for building your own storage solution—you don't get locked into a specific configuration. Start out with a single drive for simple data storage and then add additional ones as the need arises. Or, fill the enclosure with five drives up to 750GB each to create a huge 3.75 Terabyte striped RAID set—combine one for uncompressed 10-bit HD video capture and editing—Fusion 500P is truly versatile. Connect up to four Fusion 500P enclosures to a Tempo™ SATA E4P or Tempo SATA X4P host controller to create the ultimate storage solution—using today's highest capacity drives, you'll have 15TB of data storage at your disposal! Need even more storage space? Pick up additional trays so you can add drives to your arsenal for daily backups or project management.

Form Meets Function

Fusion 500P is attractive and user friendly. Its handsome door hides the drive trays, yet status indicator LEDs for each drive shine through. The drive trays have built-in locking levers that double as handles to make swapping drives easy. Or if you choose, you can secure each drive tray in place with the built-in locks; great for added security. And the whisper-quiet fan that cools everything is even hot-swappable.

Technical Notes:

(1) Western Digital manufactures Desktop edition (WD Caviar, Caviar SE, Caviar SE16, and Raptor X) hard drives and Enterprise (RAID) Edition (WD RE, RE2, and Raptor) hard drives. Each type of hard drive is designed to work specifically in either a desktop computer environment, or connected to a RAID controller (hardware or software-based). If you intend to configure Western Digital drives in a RAID set, Sonnet and WD recommend using only their Enterprise edition hard drives. For more information, see this Western Digital FAQ.

(2) Fusion 500P requires a SATA host controller that supports port multipliers, such as Sonnet's Tempo SATA E4P for computers with PCI Express slots, Tempo SATA X4P for computers with PCI-X slots, or Tempo SATA EXpress 34 for portable computers with an ExpressCard slot.

Key Benefits
Five hot-swappable 3.5" drive trays

SATA II compliant, 1.5 Gb/s and 3 Gb/sSupports 3.5" Serial ATA drives (1)

Built-in port multiplier for one cable to host simplicity (2)

Drive activity and drive presence LEDs

Built-in universal power supply

Hot-swappable, whisper quiet fan for noise sensitive environments

Platform independentworks with Mac®, Windows® or Linux® computer with compatible SATA controller

Locking individual drive bays

Standards-approved eSATA connector rated at 5,000 insertions

Mac, Windows, and Linux computers with compatible SATA controller card
Technical Specifications

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(United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia)



1-year limited warranty

External Connectors


Drives Supported

1.5 & 3 Gb per second Serial ATA; up to 10,000 RPM

Data Transfer Speed

Up to 300 MB per second per drive

Supported Video Formats

10-bit uncompressed HD 1080/60i, 8-bit uncompressed SD: 7 streams, DVCPro HD, DVCPro 25/50, HDV, DV, DVCAM

Power Supply

90-260V Universal

Operating Temperature

+41º F to +131º F (+5º C to +55º C)


8.7x5.9x11" (220x150x280 mm)


10.25 lbs

Package Contents

Disk enclosure, five 3.5" drive trays, drive mounting screws, power cord, one 1 meter eSATA data cable, User's Guide


Fusion 500P Drive Tray - Spare drive tray for Fusion 500P and Fusion 400

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Specifications subject to change without notice.

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