Dual Drive RAID Enclosure Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ribbonthecat, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. ribbonthecat macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for a dual-drive RAID external hard drive, preferably with user-replaceable drives. I really like the look of the G-RAID Mini, but I can't seem to figure out if the drives are replaceable.

    Does anybody have any suggestions? Has anybody used the G-RAID Mini?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Decrepit macrumors 65816

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    Are you looking for a mirror, or a striped set? USB/FireWire?

    Have you considered getting a networked one so other systems can use it too?

    Just wondering what direction you're going with it.
     
  3. ribbonthecat thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry, I should have been more specific. I'd like to get a one that does parallel writing with a firewire connection. No networking needed.
     
  4. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    G-mini takes 2.5" drives, Im sure they are replaceable with a screwdriver.

    I have the same sort of questions... how much storage are you looking for? Are you *sure* you want a RAID? Are you looking for fast access to data? Or just something for backing up? Any case can be cracked, of course it could void your warranty. Are you looking to build your own with a case and your own drives?

    Answer those first, and we can steer you in the right direction...
     
  5. ribbonthecat thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for a Time Machine backup with two drives for redundancy. My last time machine backup was a 500GB Lacie Rugged Drive, and it broke, which is why I'd like the redundancy.

    I'd prefer to be able to buy something off the shelf, but if I have to build something myself I can do that too.
     
  6. mark2288 macrumors regular

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    If by parallel you mean mirroring, try the Guardian Maximus.

    http://www.newertech.com/products/gmax.php

    Probably cheaper to build it yourself with your own drives, but you can have them spec it out for you.
     
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Then IMHO you dont need to get that crazy with a backup?

    A simple USB 2 drive 1TB or so in size would work fine. Since its just backup, firewire isnt necessary. Even if you had 2-3 gigs of new files everyday that would only take a few minutes to backup even via USB2.

    500 gigs for $50 http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...ve-hard-drive/

    1.5TB for $99 http://www.frys.com/product/6002338

    Sure, if you want to get 2 of them, thats fine, but maybe not necessary?

    If your internal drive fails, you have the external backup to restore from. If your single external drive fails, you just go out and buy a new one and backup all over again...

    Lots of dual bay cases out there, but they have loud fans =(
     

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