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benmc
Jul 15, 2004, 05:30 PM
Hi All

I have got a 17" G4 imac and I am rapidly running out of HD space.

I keep all of my mp3 on the HD and I am looking to add a load more soon.

I have been looking at the lacie external firewire drives but they are too expensive. I then looked at getting an external FW case and putting my own drive in.

But I have found this

http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/product.php?productid=329&cat=94&page=1

Basically it is a 4 bay FW case.

Now would there be any problem in buying one of these, adding 2 250Gb drives and using that to store all of my mp3s?

Then when I wanted more space it would just be a case of adding another drive very cheaply.

Also, is there any way of making the 2 250Gb drives appear as one?

Regards
Ben

zv470
Jul 15, 2004, 07:00 PM
Hi yeah you can set them up in a RAID configuration. RAID 0 will make them appear as one drive... Not only that but they will run a lot faster... But if one drive fails the data on the other drive become useless aswell.

There are different RAID levels that offer different reliability/speed tradeoffs. Have a look on http://linux.cudeso.be/raid.php

You can RAID two or more drives using Disk Utility. :)