Frequently asked questions

Crest

What is TRIM?

What is Crest?

Can I use Crest in my laptop?

What sizes are Crest SSD drives available in?

What are the technical specifications of Crest SSD drives?

Do Crest drives support TRIM?

What is TRIM?

SSDs are faster than traditional hard disk drives, but they can't keep up their quick speed forever. In order to maintain an SSD, you need the TRIM command, a garbage collection utility that is built in to the background of your Operating System. Crest Mac SSD is the only 3rd party SSD that supports TRIM for Mac straight from the box.

What is Crest?

Crest is a Solid State Disk (SSD). It allows you to save your files just like a normal Hard Disk Drive (HDD) can.

 

The main advantage of SSDs is their breathtaking access times, transfer speeds and IOPS.

Can I use Crest in my laptop?

This depends on your laptop.

 

The quickest way to check if it will fit is by taking your current Hard Drive out of your laptop. Now the connector of your drive must be a SATA connector, and the height of the drive should be 9.5mm (0,374in) or more.

What sizes are Crest SSD drives available in?

At the moment of writing we have Crest in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB.

 

Click here to visit the product pages.

What are the technical specifications of Crest SSD drives?

Please click here to visit the product page which includes all technical details.

Do Crest drives support TRIM?

Yes.

Wings

Wings Driver Installer - The Installation was not Possible / Die Installation ist fehlgeschlagen

What is Wings?

Can I boot OSX from a RAID array on Wings?

Can I boot Windows from a RAID array on Wings?

What operating systems can be used with wings?

What raid levels are supported?

Is proper cooling required?

What type of drives can I connect to Wings?

Who needs Wings?

Advantages for Audio Professionals

Advantages for Video Professionals

Advantages for Servers

What is RAID?

What is RAID 0?

What is RAID 1?

What is RAID 1+0?

What is the maximum storage space?

How many Wings can be used together?

Why should I choose Wings?

What is the USB port used for?

What is the white power connector for?

Do I need to buy the power cable seperate?

Is it easy to install Wings into a computer?

What different versions of Wings are there?

What can the onboard drive of Wings be used for?

Can regular 2.5” SATA Hard Disk Drives be connected to Wings?

Can regular 3.5" Hard Disk Drives be connected to Wings?

What is the power cable used for?

Wings Driver Installer - The Installation was not Possible / Die Installation ist fehlgeschlagen

There is an known issue in OSX with the certification process in the installer package.

By installing the "Apple Software Installer Update 1.0" via the automatic software update, this issue is solved and the installer will work as intended.

You can manually download this update here: http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1512

What is Wings?

Wings is a storage controller. It allows you to access your files very very fast.

 

This means programs start faster, projects load faster, files copy faster, games load faster; anything needing high speed data access will be faster.

Can I boot OSX from a RAID array on Wings?

Theoreticly Yes. Although this is possible, we do not support it since it is not supported by OSX.

As well the risk of data loss on System updates is to high.

So we strongly recoomend not doing this!

Can I boot Windows from a RAID array on Wings?

No, it is not possible to boot Windows from a software RAID array since it is not supported by the Windows operating system.

What operating systems can be used with wings?

Wings is supported on Apple® OSX and Microsoft® Windows™ Vista and later. Although officially unsupported, Wings also works with Windows XP, and out of the box with Linux and FreeBSD.

What raid levels are supported?

Wings depends on the software RAID drivers implemented in the operating system of the computer. This means that for each operating system different RAID levels are supported. In the table below, SPAN mean a concatenated disk set. It is also called Linear RAID, and often wrongly called JBOD. Nesting means that a RAID volume can be used in another RAID volume. This allows one to create 0+1, 1+5, etc. For more information on the different RAID levels, please look here.

 

Windows
Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate0, 1, SPAN
Windows 7 Starter, Home, Basic, PremiumNo RAID support
Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, Ultimate0, SPAN
Windows Vista Home Basic, Home PremiumNo RAID support
Windows Server 20030, 1, 5, SPAN
Windows Server 20080, 1, 5, SPAN
Windows XP Home, Professional0, SPAN
Apple Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.1 through 10.3.90, 1
Mac OS X 10.4 or later0, 1, SPAN, nesting
Linux
Linux 2.4 or later0, 1, 4, 5, 6, SPAN, nesting
FreeBSD
FreeBSD 8.2 or later0, 1, 3, 5, nesting

Is proper cooling required?

The Wings PCIe card as well the SSD and HDD produce heat.
If the cooling of the components is unsufficient, they may get irreparably damaged. 

We strongly advice to proper cool you computer system.
Silent computer systems are not capable to be used with the Wings PCIe system. 

Overheated Wings PCIe cards and SSDs are NOT covered by warranty!

What type of drives can I connect to Wings?

You can connect almost any 2.5” SATA disk. We recommend Angelbird SSD drives.

 

Wings is designed for SSD drives, but you can also use regular hard disk drives. However, you will not get the optimal speed Wings when using regular hard disk drives.

Who needs Wings?

Wings can be used by anyone who works with big files, or many small files.

 

For example Audio and Video professionals can work with their projects much faster.

 

Also gamers will benefit from wings. It reduces the loading time of games and will help provide smoother gameplay. No more lag when entering a new area.

 

Wings also delivers great benefits when employed in servers, improving access times and transfer speeds.

 

Wings supports most popular and modern Operating Systems, therefore you can easily manage a multi-OS machine with Wings and use the on-board storage to host a graphical boot loader.

 

Advantages for Audio Professionals

If you have your sample library on Wings, loading times become very short. There will be hardly any latency. For example, if you have a audio project with a lot of regions and software instruments which carry thousands of samples, you will experience smooth playback, no crackles and very short loading times. This is a big difference with normal hard disks, where loading time is much longer.

 

When using Wings in combination with Crest SSD drives, thanks to the SSD technology, you won’t hear any background noise from the drives, which you would have with traditional hard drives.

 

When using Wings with your chosen DAW setup, you will be able to use a vastly increased number of plugins before noticing a slowdown of your machine, and any glitches or drops in Audio.

 

When bouncing/rendering files you will benefit from faster offline file completion speeds.

Advantages for Video Professionals

Video professionals work with very big files. By using wings loading these files will be a matter of seconds instead of minutes.

 

For example if you load a file of 4.3 Gigabytes (size of a rendered DVD) it will take little more than 5 seconds.

Advantages for Servers

You can speed up your server using wings.

 

For example, you can put your database files on Wings and get many more IOPS.

 

For a file server or web server you could use Wings to store the caches and swap files to greatly increase responsiveness.

What is RAID?

RAID stands for "Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks", which means that multiple disks are combined as one virtual disk.

 

The computer sees only the virtual disk, called a RAID Set. There are a number of RAID "levels" which define how the storage media are combined. For Wings, RAID levels 0, 1 and 1+0 are recommended. To learn more about RAID, please refer to wikipedia.


Warning: RAID is not an alternative for backups!

What is RAID 0?

In a RAID 0 Set, all disks share the workload. A RAID 0 Set is also called a Striped RAID Set.

 

For example, with a RAID 0 Set of four Crest SSD drives on a Wings, each disks does 25% of the work. Each disk in the Set will get 25% of the data.

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Combining the disks like this allows Wings to add the speeds of each disk together. The Striped RAID Set of the example reaches read speeds of 800MB/s and write speeds of 750MB/s. The drawback is that if one disk breaks, all data is lost.

 

Make sure a proper backup system is in place!

What is RAID 1?

In a RAID 1 Set, all disks have an identical copy of all data. A RAID 1 Set is also called a Mirrored RAID Set.

 

For example, with a RAID 1 Set of two Crest SSD drives on a Wings, each disk has a copy of all files.

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Combining the disks like this allows the computer to keep working even when a single disk breaks. At least one working disks is needed to allow the computer to keep working.

 

Depending on the operating system, read speeds also improve like RAID 0. The drawback is that the write speed will not improve over using a single disk.

What is RAID 1+0?

A RAID 1+0 Set is the result of combing RAID 1 Sets into a RAID 0 Set. A RAID 1+0 Set is also called a RAID 10 Set.

 

For example, with four Crest SSD drives on a Wings, a RAID 1+0 Set is made by making two RAID 1 Sets of two Crest each. Then these two RAID 1 Sets are combined into a RAID 0 Set.

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Combining the disks like this gives a good tradeoff between speed and reliability. In the example, two disks can break without stopping the computer from working. The speed will be roughly half of that of the RAID 0 Set with four Crest.

What is the maximum storage space?

You can decide this, since it depends on the drives you attach to Wings.

 

When you use 4 Crest drives of 240 GB per drive, you can get a maximum size of 960GB. At this moment the biggest 2.5” hard disk drives have 1 TB of storage. This means that if you use 4 of them on Wings, you get a maximum size of 4TB. Of course this is not as fast as using SSD drives.

How many Wings can be used together?

The only limitation is the amount of available number of PCIe x4, x8 or x16 slots on your motherboard.

Why should I choose Wings?

Wings is the only storage controller of its kind. It is the only controller where you can attach either 2.5” Solid State Drives and SATA Hard Disk Drives of your choice. This means that when you need more speed, you can add an extra drive to make it even faster.

 

For example, if you have 2 drives attached to Wings, and you add another 2 drives, you not only double your storage capacity but also your speed.

 

Wings is the only storage controller on the market that can boot on a Mac Pro. This means you can install Mac OS X on a drive attached to Wings (or on the on-board drive) and you can boot from it.

What is the USB port used for?

If your computer breaks, you can use the USB port to connect Wings to another computer and still access the files on the on-board drive. Remember to disconnect your Wings card from your computer when using the USB port. The USB port won't allow you to recover data on the drives attached to Wings, only from the on-board storage.

What is the white power connector for?

See the answer to the question "What is the power cable used for?".

Do I need to buy the power cable seperate?

No. A power cable is included with every Wings.

Is it easy to install Wings into a computer?

Yes. Installing the hardware is very easy, it's plug and play. You also need to install a software driver. The manual contains detailed instructions for both PC and MAC.

What different versions of Wings are there?

There are 3 versions. There is Wings Lite, which has no on-board drive. And there is Wings with either a 3GB or 16GB on-board drive.

What can the onboard drive of Wings be used for?

You can use it for many things. Below are some examples.

 

  • If you have Windows and Mac OS X installed on your computer, you can use this on-board storage to make a volume or partition to exchange files between them.
  • When using multiple Operating Systems on a machine, you can also install a graphical bootloader on the on-board drive.
  • You could use it just as an additional drive to store files and benefit of the reliability of Solid State Storage technology.

Can regular 2.5” SATA Hard Disk Drives be connected to Wings?

Yes, regular (mechanical) 2.5" SATA Hard Disk Drives can be connected.

 

To be able to connect them, you need a set of 3rd Party Drive Bolts. You also need to connect the power cable. Detailed instructions are provided in the manual.

Can regular 3.5" Hard Disk Drives be connected to Wings?

No, this is not possible.

What is the power cable used for?

The power cable is used to provide the attached drives with energy.

A power cable is included with every Wings.