Hardware or Software RAID?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by j.drake.hoffman, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. j.drake.hoffman macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2009
    right here
    I plan on implementing a RAID1 setup with a 2-drive external enclosure with eSATA ports and will use a dual eSATA adapter in the 34mm ExpressCard slot in my uMBP. My question is this: would such a configuration be considered hardware or software RAID? I'm just a bit confused on the whole thing....

    I ask bc I may need to access data from within Windows and from what I understand, utilities such as MacDrive can handle hardware RAID, but not software RAID. BTW, if anyone knows if this is true or not, that would be greatly appreciated!

    I couldn't quite decide if this should go in this section, so if there is a more appropriate one, feel free to move it.

  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    It's software RAID.

    This would be correct.

    Hardware RAID is independently operated from the OS. Software RAID isn't, so an OS that it wasn't created under can't read it. Even with MacDrive.

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