Concatenate Network drives

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  1. uplusd macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to create a concatenated RAID with two network drives so that all Macs in the household see them as one drive?
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    You'll need to create the array on the machine to which the drives are directly connected. Once done and duly shared, the array will appear as a single volume to all machines, both local and network.

    I run a couple of RAID 1 mirrors in an old G4 server in this way
     
  3. uplusd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What if I connect the drives to an AirPort extreme or a Linksys router with USB capability?
     
  4. operator207 macrumors 6502

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    They make raid USB external enclosures. It does the raiding of the drives, and from the other side of the USB cable, the computer just sees one big drive.

    I believe you do use your computer at the beginning to raid them together though.

    Here are two on NewEgg.

    They already have drives in them, but you can buy them without drives, and supply your own. You want an Oxford chipset, NOT Prolific, they have sucked for me.

    Also, do NOT use JBOD, if you lose one drive, you lose the data off the other drive.
     
  5. uplusd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So anyone know if this is possible with airport extreme?
     
  6. tersono macrumors 68000

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    No, it isn't. To go RAID via AE you'd have to use a USB RAID enclosure as mentioned by the previous poster.

    You could, of course, also go with a RAID NAS (network attached storage) box which just plugs into your network, but if you go that route, be careful - most of the NAS boxes out there aren't terribly Mac-friendly. You can access them from a Mac, but they impose a 31-character path/filename limit. There are a couple of RAID NAS implementations that are fully Mac-friendly (Synology and Drobo), but they're expensive.
     

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