Can anyone recommend a good RAID 1 enclosure?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by StressedSnowCat, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. StressedSnowCat macrumors member

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    I'd like one for professional use (Okay two enclosures actually!) with a "tray" system where you can pull the drives out and don't have to take apart the whole enclosure to access the drives. Two drives. I was gonna get a G-Safe but apparently they've been discontinued and aren't available in Europe anymore...

    I don't have USB3 on my Mac Mini so I'd need Firewire 800 or Thunderbolt.

    Thanks! :)
     
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  3. troop231 macrumors 603

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  4. StressedSnowCat thread starter macrumors member

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    Unfortunately this one has 4 drives and is more complex. In my experience RAID 1 enclosures are less likely to fail over time than enclosures that also support RAID 5. "Simplicity is the highest form of Sophistication" they say!
     
  5. thedeske macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you have a specific reason for raid 1, why not 2 or more single drives?

    That Said, Caldigit
     
  6. StressedSnowCat, Nov 4, 2013
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    StressedSnowCat thread starter macrumors member

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    Uniformity concerns. If I have three RAID 1 enclosures in the event of failure I have one drive to replace. If that drive isn't made anymore I buy two new drives, throw the old ones away and copy the files from another RAID 1 enclosure onto the new drives. This way whatever happens, even if a HD company goes out of business I only ever have to buy two drives at once. If I had a complex RAID 5 installation with say 16 drives and suddenly the brand stops making these drives I'd be in trouble for sure!

    Thanks for the Caldigit suggestion, I had never heard of them. Are they as reliable as G-Tech?
     
  7. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    A friend of mine has good experience with a Synology DS-series enclosure. He uses the 5-series (i.e. 5 bays) but they have 2-bay variants as well. He connects to it via Ethernet.
     
  8. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    I like LaCie 2Big. You can set it up for RAID 0, 1, or JBOD. You can get it with different size disks.
     

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