External Raid enclosure recommendation?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sejanus, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. sejanus macrumors regular

    May 3, 2005
    Hi Guys

    Can anyone recommend a external box that can take 4-6 hard drives and do a Raid5 style setup? Preferably connected by firewire or esata to a Macpro.

    I have a couple of drobos but need more stirage and even the fw800 drobos are a bit slow.

  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Take a look at Enhance Technology's eSATA PM (Port Multiplier) enclosures.
    E4 PM
    E8 PM

    Each eSATA port would be limited to 250MB/s max throughput, and the RAID would be handled by the eSATA card in the Mac. As the E8 has two, it can operate up to 2x the speed. ;) Not the least expensive, but they do work quite well.

    If you want faster, you'd need to look into MiniSAS or MultiLane models (each connector handles 4 ports @1 per drive), and an appropriate RAID controller. Particularly usefull if this is for the primary array. ;)
  3. ncc1701d macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2008

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