Multiple External Drives as 1 volume?

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  1. Cyndane macrumors newbie

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    I have a late 2012 mac mini with Mountain Lion and i have a fairly large iTunes TV episode library, more than 1 TB at present.

    I currently use 2 separate Western Digital external 1 TB HDD daisy chained with Fire Wire 800. With this set up i can not use the iTunes consolidate library function.

    Can i get an external multiple disk enclosure and put 2 or 3, 2TB drives in it and have Mountain Lion see it as 1 Volume for iTunes purposes?
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Yes you can
     
  3. Cyndane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    any suggestions as to a good enclosure for non raid multiple drives?
     
  4. ConCat macrumors 6502a

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    I recommend creating a Core Storage LVG. It will give you the most flexibility in the future. There are guides online for setting one up.
     
  5. Cyndane thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What about a RAID, 4 disk array in RAID 10 config?

    used as a NAS i could have 4x4TB drives, with stripping and redundancy. File access would be at wifi network speed.

    Or should i use it as a desktop array with direct connection to my mac mini?

    Thoughts?
     
  6. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    DAS will outperform a NAS... but for an iTunes library (which streams)... either a NAS or DAS will be fine.

    The NAS has the advantage of being usable by many devices in your home.

    I would generally recommend a NAS for sharing access by multiple computers. I would suggest a DAS if you need more storage on a single machine... and performance is important.

    I use RAID 10. However... it is not a replacement for backup. You still need to backup all of that data.

    /Jim
     
  7. Cyndane, Apr 4, 2013
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