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abasak
Jul 24, 2011, 01:41 PM
I'm a currently looking into getting a Mac Mini to replace my secondary workstation, a core2quad hackintosh, that I built to function as my home workstation. It is starting to be quite slow for what I need it to do, and it is noisy, ugly and uses a lot of power.

The duo i7 seems to fit my needs, except for one thing: storage.

Is it possible to get some sort of external enclosure that can fit 4-5 3.5" drives, and connect that with firewire to the Mac Mini? The enclosures that I find are all RAID, and I would like to have my drives show up as independent drives on the Mini. Is that possible with external solutions?

Hope you can help me, as this would make the decision much easier.



simsaladimbamba
Jul 24, 2011, 01:43 PM
Even if they are RAID capable, it doesn't mean you need them to use in RAID. I have a RAID capable HDD enclosure and I use two different HDDs in them, not in RAID.

Gav2k
Jul 24, 2011, 01:44 PM
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There are lots of solutions. I choose drobo's I wouldnt be without mine tbh. Promise etc all make raid enclosures that meet your needs.

Google 'FireWire 4 bay enclosure' for a nice list

cooljoe349
Jul 24, 2011, 02:16 PM
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There are lots of solutions. I choose drobo's I wouldnt be without mine tbh. Promise etc all make raid enclosures that meet your needs.

Google 'FireWire 4 bay enclosure' for a nice list

I love my Drobo! Wish I would have bought one earlier.