by Adam Armstrong

Netstor Releases Portable NVMe Drive

Today Netstor Technology released a new portable NVMe flash device with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C interface, the NA611TB3. The NA611TB3 can house two M.2 NVMe such as the Samsung 960 EVO and be configured in either RAID1 or RAID0. Netstor states that users can see performance up to 2.75GB/s, depending on the M.2 drives chosen.

Over the years portable storage has been getting progressively faster. With the advent of the consumer based cloud, everyday users starting moving files such as documents and pictures to the cloud versus portable storage. However, creative professions are only getting better and better equipment that makes larger and larger files. These users not only need a lot of capacity, they need the ability to offload the data quickly or edit workflows quickly with programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, and RED REDCINE-X PRO.

The new NA611TB3 fits in the palm on one’s hand and can be loaded with two M.2 NVMe drives. As of this writing that would bring the total capacity up to 4TB (though higher than 2TB capacity for consumer M.2 NVMe drives is most likely right around the corner). The device can be setup in no RAID, RAID1, or RAID0, for the right amount of capacity, performance, and data protection needed. According to the company, the new device leverages Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe to be over seven times faster than the external USB 3.1 Gen1 SSD storage device.

NA611TB3 specifications:

  • Host Interface: Thunderbolt3 (USB-C)
  • Data Transfer Rate: 40Gbps
  • NVMe Interface: Two M.2 x4 M key (Two PCIe 3.0 x2 electrical)
  • NVMe Type: Supports 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 PCIe SSD
  • Capacity: NVMe SSD sold separately
  • RAID Mode: Non-RAID (RAID0 or RAID1 can be provided by OS)
  • LED Display for Enclosure  
    • Standby - orange
    • Power on - blue
    • NVMe Access - flashing white
  • Dimension: 125(D) x 150(W) x 35(H) mm (4.92(D) x 5.9(W) x 1.37(H) inch)
  • Material: Aluminum housing
  • Power Adapter:
    • AC Input: 100–240V, 50-60Hz
    • DC Output:+12V/5A, 60W
  • Cooling: One 20 x 20 x 10 mm Cooling Fan
  • O.S. support: macOS High Sierra 10.13 above, Windows 8 / 10
  • Weight: 0.6 Kgs / 1.32 lbs (w/o Adapter)
  • Operating Temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
  • Storage Temperature: -10 to 50°C (14 to 122°F)
  • Relative Humidity: 20 to 80% (non-condensing)
  • Scalability: Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy-chain up to 6 devices

Netstor NA611TB3

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