Drive setup

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by blurobot, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. blurobot macrumors member

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    Very excited (future) Mac Pro user here. I'm going to buy a 2012 as soon as they come out (here's hoping) and I'm wondering how I should setup my HDs.

    I'm a media junky and uses a lot of space. On Windows 8 I can use storage space to "merge" the drives into 1 logical drive. On Windows 7, I can use libraries to do a bit of the same effect but I'm searching for a mac solution.

    I assume I will be told to use raid or jbod but if I put 3 HD in a job array and I want to add a fourth one, will I be able to without destroying the array? I don't think so, right?

    I don't really need redundancy (although it would be nice), what I really need is easy expandability.

    Is there any libraries-like or storage space-like features on mac? I know it doesn't out of the box but is there a third party solution? I just don't wanna have to remember where I put which file I want all my HDs to act like 1 big logical volume. Is a third party ZFS solution working correctly on mac and would that solve my problem?

    Thoughts?:)
     
  2. blurobot thread starter macrumors member

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  3. flatfoot macrumors 65816

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  4. blurobot thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for your smarts comment, but if you read the initial post I was asking IF anyone actually used ZFS on the mac and if it would actually solve my problem. hence "Is a third party ZFS solution working correctly on mac and would that solve my problem?"

    Was also wondering if that particular implementation of ZFS allow you to have different drive size and allow you to replace drives or add to a pool easily or if there's another, better, third party alternative to have win7 like libraries functionalities on mac.

    But thank you very much by googling "zfs mac" for me. I did not do that months ago. Thanks!
     

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