HDD Multiple External Enclosure

locksmack

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Original poster
Mar 6, 2012
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Hey Guys,

Long story short, my cat destroyed my 4 year old Windows Home Server (I'm guessing failure of boot HDD, though not 100% sure).

So I am taking this chance to upgrade to a 2012 Mac Mini with data disks in an external enclosure. I am after one that will house 4 drives.

I doubt I will ever RAID my drives, but if there is an enclosure that gives the option for not too much more cost, I may consider it. I will probably be connecting with USB3, but again if there is an enclosure that supports Thunderbolt for not too much more, I may consider it too.

Any suggestions? So far I have been eyeing off the Hotway HF2-SU3S2.

Cheers.
 

opinio

macrumors 65816
Mar 23, 2013
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Hey Guys,

Long story short, my cat destroyed my 4 year old Windows Home Server (I'm guessing failure of boot HDD, though not 100% sure).

So I am taking this chance to upgrade to a 2012 Mac Mini with data disks in an external enclosure. I am after one that will house 4 drives.

I doubt I will ever RAID my drives, but if there is an enclosure that gives the option for not too much more cost, I may consider it. I will probably be connecting with USB3, but again if there is an enclosure that supports Thunderbolt for not too much more, I may consider it too.

Any suggestions? So far I have been eyeing off the Hotway HF2-SU3S2.

Cheers.
If you have the money... Drobo 5D
 

Santabean2000

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Nov 20, 2007
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Hey Guys,

Long story short, my cat destroyed my 4 year old Windows Home Server (I'm guessing failure of boot HDD, though not 100% sure).

So I am taking this chance to upgrade to a 2012 Mac Mini with data disks in an external enclosure. I am after one that will house 4 drives.

I doubt I will ever RAID my drives, but if there is an enclosure that gives the option for not too much more cost, I may consider it. I will probably be connecting with USB3, but again if there is an enclosure that supports Thunderbolt for not too much more, I may consider it too.

Any suggestions? So far I have been eyeing off the Hotway HF2-SU3S2.

Cheers.
Pegasus J4. Done.
 

flynz4

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Aug 9, 2009
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Portland, OR
Would a 4 bay Synology NAS work for you?
With a new mini server... it seems intuitive that a DAS would be better suited. At first order, the Mac Mini Server can provide all of the services of a NAS (plus more), and a DAS provides significant higher performance overall.

A NAS does have advantages in some cases... but for a server, I think DAS almost always wins.

I would second looking at the J4. It seems like a nice solution.

/Jim
 

Giuly

macrumors 68040
The Pegasus J4 is nice, but it takes 2.5" drives. If it only takes 9.5mm high drives, you're limited to 4TB (if you don't wait for the brand-sparklin' new 1.5TB 7200RPM 9.5mm HGST drive later this month).


Given that you were interested in the HF-SU3S2, you should know that it's technically nothing more than four enclosures and an USB hub in a single enclosure. However, there's also the HFR2-SU3S2, which additionally supports RAID 0/1/3/5/10 and might be worth considering over the bare-bones HF-SU3S2. Other than that it's the same thing.