External RAID1 Solutions?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by MacVault, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Anyone have any recomendations for external RAID1 (mirrored) drives or enclosures? I want something with, two drives, at least 160GB of usable space, Firewire, and if possible something with a network port. Why doesn't anyone make anything like this? Hot swappable drives would be nice too but not required.

    It doesn't have ethernet but I'm thinking about getting the G-SAFE when it's available from G-Technology.com. Can anyone recommend these drives?

    Any other good ideas on this would be appreciated.
  2. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Um, didn't you just point one out. Or are you talking about the device having a nic, which makes it a NAS (network area storage) device. Which is the XRaid. The XRaid can be hooked up by Nic or Firewire.

    That said, you could just get two firewire drives, and software Raid them with Disk Utility. Or, order the many different external raid boxes from macmall.com, which one is the G-raid box that you asked about.

  3. MacVault thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Yea, I did point out the G-SAFE (which is not yet even available). The G-RAID is available but it is RAID 0 and I want RAID 1.

    And the xRaid is way too expensive. I can't believe there's not a bigger market for cheap (<$500) raid1 drives. Do consumers just love to lose their data to drive failures?
  4. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Just buy a two-bay firewire case (5.25" from preference), a couple of drive trays and then sling two drives in there. The cases are easy enough to find (take a look on eBay) and OS X supports RAID mirroring out of the box. Cheap and easy.

    If you want NAS, however, then there are a number of solutions, but RAID is going to be expensive - personally my solution would be a cheap x86 small form-factor PC with a couple of big drives - install something like SME server on there (www.contribs.org), which supports Appletalk, and you've got a decent Mac-compatible ethernet storage solution for rather less than commercial NAS RAID solutions I've seen

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