Changing the raid setting on external hard drive

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by GSX, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. GSX macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2009

    I just have a question regarding raid settings on external hard drives. I hope this is the right forum, but if not feel free to move it.

    I am interested in a larger external HD for my movie collection. Kind of like this WD model:

    So my question is can I change the raid setting after I load my files onto it? I see this particular unit can do raid 0 and 1.

    My movie collection is kind of small right now at around ~600 GB. So I was thinking I would load my files onto the HD with a raid 1 mirrored setup so I can have better data protection(not that I can't replace the files, but it would be a hassle to re-rip them), but then change to raid 0 later as my collection grows and I need more space.

    Is what I am thinking possible? Or would changing the raid setting erase all the files?

  2. Donar macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    I don't think this is the right forum...

    but i know the answer you are looking for. :D
    Unfortunately changing the raid settings will erase your data.
  3. GSX thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2009

    I kind of figured it would, but I wasn't sure.

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