External Enclosure

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iMikeT, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. iMikeT macrumors 68020

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    Hey I'm looking into buy a couple of external enclosures. I have my eyes set on two different ones at newegg. Both are 2-bay drives and yes I am looking to make them a RAID 1 setup.

    This enclosure from Vantec is the cheaper of the two and it's exactly what I'm looking for but the specs say that the enclosure only supports "Individual/JBOD/RAID 0" and nothing about RAID 1. I just wanted to know if I would be able to configure the enclosure for 2 individual drives then use Disk Utility to set up the drives for RAID 1?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817392027

    The second enclosure is from Icy Dock and this one says it supports RAID 1 out of the box so no worries there. It's just that this one is going for a little more than the one from Vantec and it would be great to save a few bucks if I could.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198031

    Thanks in advance for any help and info.
     
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    Why not to buy single 4-bay for example and make it RAID 0+1 or 5? I would get this and add your own drives but this seems to be good too
     
  3. iMikeT thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks and those are very good suggestions, especially the first array. But I'm not looking to get anything that large at the moment. What I should have said in the first place is I am currently looking to buy a single 2-bay enclosure but I found two different enclosures that I could potentially buy. And like I said, I am also looking not to spend too much either.
     
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    Ahh, I just thought when you said "I'm looking into buy a couple of external enclosures" so I assumed you're buying several dual bay enclosures.

    Take a look at OWC's Mercury Elite. It may not be the cheapest available but has great connectivity and enormous design. Supports RAID 1 of course
     
  5. iMikeT thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks again for the suggestion but that enclosure is out of my price range. What I really need is a cheap Firewire 400/800 enclosure with room for ideally two 3.5" SATA drives. In the end I will probably just use Disk Utility to pair the two drives for RAID 1.
     

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