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Fusion D500P Video Editing WorkstationToday’s digital content creation and editing require more speed and space than anybody would have imagined just a few, short years ago—now, storage needs are spoken of in terabytes instead of gigabytes. FireWire drives used to be the storage solution of choice for users on a limited budget, but they don’t offer enough performance for all but the most basic needs, and high-end Fibre Channel storage systems are out of reach for most people. You probably need something in between—Sonnet’s Fusion D500P SATA storage systems offer speed, versatility, and reliability in a compact package—they are a great solution for anyone looking for an affordable storage system that will fit into a variety of workflows.

Maximum Performance

Connected to a Sonnet Tempo SATA E4P PCIe or X4P PCI-X host controller installed in a Mac or Windows computer, a Fusion D500P system’s drives can be accessed through its port multiplier(1) at high speed, whether configured as a RAID 0, 1, 10, or JBOD set. With its drives configured as a RAID 0 striped set, a single Fusion D500P achieves 240MB/sec, fast enough to support multiple streams of DV, HDV, DVCPRO, or uncompressed 8-bit 1080i............3... HD video. Up to four Fusion D500Ps can be ganged on a single Tempo SATA E4P or X4P controller for double, triple, or even quadruple the available streams (as well as increasing the number of supported video formats).

Fusion D500P storage systems integrate an ultra-quiet, user-swappable fan module using the Vantec Stealth™ fan. This fan is 480% quieter than a standard case fan, making this system perfectly suited for use in noise-sensitive environments.

Secure Connection
Fusion D500P enclosures link to Sonnet Tempo SATA E4P and X4P SATA host controller cards with Sonnet’s exclusive locking eSATA data cables with connectors that lock securely at both ends.

Safe and Secure

Fusion storage systems (except 0TB models) employ Enterprise/RAID Edition hard drives or select, Sonnet certified desktop drives(3) that have been selected for their superior performance, error handling, and reliability characteristics, especially when used in RAID groups. These drives are subjected to hours of additional, stringent testing to check for soft errors, vibration, and other reliability predictors. Just the sturdiest drives pass these tests and are prepared with special RAID-optimized firmware to become the building blocks of a super-reliable Fusion storage system.

One Cable, All the Data

Fusion D500P Connected to MacBook ProThe Fusion D500P enclosure employs a high performance SATA II port multiplier to manage the enclosed drives—just a single locking data cable connects the enclosure to a SATA host controller card. This efficient interface simplifies setup and cuts cable clutter without compromising performance.

Key Features

eSATA interface through an integrated port multiplier

0TB, 5TB, or 10TB configurations(2)

Up to 240 MB/sec transfer rate

Universal 180W, 110–240V, 50–60Hz power supply

Drive Activity, Drive Presence, and Power LED indicators

Quiet fans

Locking eSATA cable included

Compatible with Sonnet Tempo™ SATA PCI-X, PCIe, and ExpressCard/34 Host controller cards

RoHS compliant


Fusion D500P Grouping

For uncompromising storage needs, up to four Fusion D500Ps can be ganged on a Tempo SATA E4P or X4P for double, triple, or even quadruple the performance.


Fusion D500P in Studio

From studio to field, Fusion D500P empowers your creative desires with speed, capacity, and reliability.

Form Meets Function

Fusion D500P systems can be used for simple backup needs, but they are well-suited for use in editing suites employing applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro® and Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS4 video editing software, and video capture cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox and Bluefish444. With an attractive and user-friendly design, Fusion D500P's handsome door hides the drive modules, yet status indicator LEDs for each drive shine through. The drive modules have built-in locking levers that double as handles to make swapping easy. If you choose, you can also secure each module in place with the built-in locks (great for added security). To keep things cool, the Fusion D500P uses a swappable fan module with a fan that is 80% quieter than a standard case fan, making this system perfectly suited for use in noise-sensitive environments.

Expandability to Start

Looking for a desktop 5-drive, removable storage system to expand with your needs? Fusion D500P-0TB storage systems offer the same great features as Sonnet’s other D500P models, but without the hard drives(3). Of course performance, capacity, and RAID reliability are dependent on drive choice.



FUS-D5P Discontinued
Warranty 5-year
External Connectors One locking eSATA
Drives Supported Up-to-date compatible hard drives listed on our Certified Hard Drive Compatibility Chart
Data Transfer Speed Up to 240 MB/s, depending on interface used and configuration
Supported Drive Configurations JBOD; software-based RAID 0, 1, 10
Supported Video Formats 8-bit uncompressed HD 1080i, 8-bit uncompressed SD: DVCPro HD, DVCPro 25/50, HDV, DV, DVCAM
Power Supplies 110-240V Universal
Operating Temperature +32º F to +95º F (0º C to +35º C)
Dimensions WxDxH: 5.9 x 11.2 x 8.6 in (14.9 x 28.5 x 21.9 cm)
Weight 19.2 lbs (8.2 kg) with drives,
11.5 lbs (5.2 kg) without
Noise Fusion D500P: 42 dBA
(Ambient Office: 40-50 dBA)
Package Contents
  • Disk enclosure
  • Five 3.5" drive modules or drive trays (with drive mounting hardware)
  • Power cord
  • One locking eSATA data cable
  • User's Guide





OS Compatibility

Platform independent—Works with Mac®, Windows® or Linux® computers with compatible host bus adapter installed

Technical Notes

  1. Fusion D500P 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 Pro ExpressCard/34 or Tempo SATA ExpressCard/34 for portable computers with an ExpressCard slot.
  2. Although hard drive manufacturers and Mac OS X 10.6 define 1 gigabyte as 1,000,000,000 byte, many other computer operating systems calculate a gigabyte by dividing the bytes by 1,073,741,824 (). This distinction may be a cause of confusion, as a hard disk with a manufacturer rating of 1000GB may have its capacity reported by the operating system as 915GB.
  3. Creating RAID volumes under Windows requires dynamic disk storage, a formatting option available with Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows XP Professional (32- and 64-bit versions), or Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate (32- and 64-bit versions). In order to create RAID volumes larger than 2TB, you must do one of the following: Concatenate (link together in a virtual chain) the volumes, and then format them as NTFS. -OR- Use GPT formatting. Note that drives and volumes with GPT formatting are not visible to any version of Windows XP Professional, nor to the 32-bit version of Windows Server 2003 SP1.

About stream count testing:
We've conducted in-depth, real-world testing to provide you with realistic results. Testing was conducted after weeks of use, during which time projects were captured, parts deleted, more parts captured, rendered, and so on, leaving the drives 85% full and fragmented. The stream counts we present here reflect the reduced performance that results from day-in, day-out use. Many storage systems work well the day you get them, but the true test is whether one will continue to serve you when you push the envelope. Fusion storage systems won't let you down.

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Fusion D500P Benchmarks

Fusion D500P connected to Tempo SATA E4P host controller installed in Quad 2.66 GHz Mac Pro with 3GB of RAM and an AJA Kona3 capture card. Drives were configured as a RAID 0 set.



(1 stream=3.6 MB/s)


(1 stream=7.2 MB/s)


DVCPRO HD 720p 59.94
(1 stream=14.4 MB/s)


DVCPRO HD 1080i 29.97
(1 stream=16 MB/s)


HDV 720p
(1 stream=2.4 MB/s)


HDV 1080i 29.97
(1 stream=3.1 MB/s)


ProRes 422 NTSC SD
(1 strm=5.25 MB/s)


ProRes 422 HQ NTSC SD
(1 stream=7.87 MB/s)


ProRes 422 720p 59.94
(1 stream=18.375 MB/s)


ProRes 422 HQ 720p 59.94
(1 stream=27.5 MB/s)


ProRes 422 1080i 29.97
(1 stream=18.375 MB/s)


ProRes 422 HQ 1080i 29.97
(1 stream=27.5 MB/s)


Uncompressed 8-bit NTSC
(1 stream=21.0 MB/s)


Uncompressed 10-bit NTSC
(1 stream=28.0 MB/s)


Uncompressed 8-bit 720 HD
(1 stream=55.2 MB/s)


Uncompressed 10-bit 720 HD
(1 stream=73.6 MB/s)


Uncompressed 8-bit 1080i HD
(1 stream=124.3 MB/s)


Uncompressed 10-bit 1080 HD
(1 stream=165.7 MB/s)


* Supports 1 stream of playback. Capture supported if disk array is less than 80% full and not extremely fragmented.


Product image Product Name Part No. Description
Fusion RAID Drive Module Fusion 500GB RAID Drive Module FUS-RM-0500GB Spare drive module for Fusion D500P
Fusion 750GB RAID Drive Module FUS-RM-0750GB Spare drive module for Fusion D500P
Fusion 1TB RAID Drive Module FUS-RM-1000GB Spare drive module for Fusion D500P
Fusion 1.5TB RAID Drive Module FUS-RM-1500GB Spare drive module for Fusion D500P
Fusion 2TB RAID Drive Module FUS-RM-2000GH Spare drive module for Fusion D500P
Fusion Quiet Fan Module Fusion Quiet Fan Mocule FUS-XFAN Spare fan module for Fusion D500P

Expert Reviews Rating

Sonnet Fusion 500P Review
"Sonnet versions have beautifully engineered and robust drive tray handles and locks. The solid metal case doesn't pack drives or other components too tightly, and beefy cooling fans should make the most of drive life under constant heavy load. There's no token USB 2 port, just one eSata that feeds straight into its port multiplier interface. This enables the single eSata interface, when matched with an appropriate card in your Mac, to function as five wickedly quick directly connected disks…"

AMUG Reviews Rating

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