Best RAID solution?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by rickeames, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. rickeames macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    After having a complete meltdown of a server last night, I'm looking for a new solution for my mac -- My goal is to get a good mirrored 2TB drive to connect to the mac and run my backups to.

    There is drobo, newertech, lacie -- anyone have a recommendation for any of these?
  2. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I just built up my own NAS using freeNAS from and it works very well. It's a nice solution and if you shop smart it won't cost your an arm and a leg (just one or the other -- cost me $600 complete with drives for 2TB with backup). I use ZFS and 1 bit parity. So now if one of the drives fail, it will not only detect it, it will email me and I can replace it. It would take two drives for it to fail and for me to lose data. I considered using unRAID from and it looks good but the OS costs money if you want more then 3 drives. The nice thing is, if you get a decent case for the computer you can add more internal drives as you need space and just keep expanding. As I was saying, with unRAID you need to buy it if you want more then 3 drives; but freeNAS you can just keep adding.

    Now, you do need to know what you're doing to set these things up, they aren't perfect or 100% easy. There are a ton of advanced features I haven't played with yet, but so far, it hasn't been THAT difficult.

    All this being said, there are several nice prebuilt raid servers out there. The Synology DS509+ is a nice machine and about the same price as building your own.

    Good Luck.

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