The Sabio DM2-PT from Origin Storage Solutions is a portable hard drive offering high capacity and performance in a small case.

At first glance this little external hard drive looks very similar to Apple’s Time Capsule. The very slim (155x155x22.5mm) form factor would be welcome on overcrowded desks and in laptop bags, but you do have to pay for the Sabio DM2-PT's level of miniaturisation.

The Sabio DM2-PT's RAID enabled option that can take either two 9.5mm or 12.5mm SATA hard drives – combined using SPAN mode, or left as mirrored or stripped storage – gives you ultimate control over how your storage capacity is managed. The built-in RAID controller makes set-up fast and efficient.

The Sabio DM2-PT drive’s performance is pretty impressive. Fast, very quiet and unobtrusive, we liked the fact that it offers masses of configurable storage in a device that hasn’t skimped on the fine details. For instance, connect this drive using FireWire 800 and you can dispense with the power adaptor; USB 2.0 and eSATA are also supported. In addition, the drive ships with all the cables you’ll need, which is a nice touch.

The build quality of the Sabio DM2-PT drive is excellent, and the aluminium casing helps with heat dissipation, as this drive doesn’t use any fans. And if you do need to upgrade the capacity of the drives, this is easily accomplished. As the drive is aimed at users that need to transport large amounts of data, you’ll probably want to invest in a much sturdier case than the vinyl slipcase provided.

The small footprint is ideal if you need to transport the Sabio DM2-PT drive, or have limited desk space.

Also supplied is the configuration utility. This is well laid out and makes it easy to get the RAID configuration you want, and also complete a rebuild if you use a mirror set up that fails.

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Sabio DM2-PT: Specs

  • Hard drive array
  • 155x155x22.5mm
  • White
  • Installed Devices/Modules Qty: 2
  • Serial ATA-300
  • Total Array Capacity: 1TB (2TB available)
  • HDD Array External Interface: FireWire 800, Hi-Speed USB, Serial ATA-300
  • RAID - integrated
  • Max Storage Devices Qty: 3
  • RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD
  • 2x500GB
  • 2 x IEEE 1394b (FireWire 800) - 9 pin FireWire 800 1 x Hi-Speed USB 1 x eSATA - 7 pin external Serial ATA
  • 3 years warranty
  • Hard drive array
  • 155x155x22.5mm
  • White
  • Installed Devices/Modules Qty: 2
  • Serial ATA-300
  • Total Array Capacity: 1TB (2TB available)
  • HDD Array External Interface: FireWire 800, Hi-Speed USB, Serial ATA-300
  • RAID - integrated
  • Max Storage Devices Qty: 3
  • RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD
  • 2x500GB
  • 2 x IEEE 1394b (FireWire 800) - 9 pin FireWire 800 1 x Hi-Speed USB 1 x eSATA - 7 pin external Serial ATA
  • 3 years warranty

OUR VERDICT

Overall, the Sabio DM2-PT external hard drive is excellent. We liked the low profile of the unit and its almost silent operation. The number of configurations you can choose lends this drive to mass storage when you’re on the move. But this drive is also superb if you’re deskbound and need additional storage.

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