Need help choosing eSATA RAID enclosure !!!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by blimeyoriley, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. blimeyoriley macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    Hey well basically im buying a striped RAID setup for my MBP and have ordered everything except for the actual enclosure !!!

    Ive heard a couple things

    1st - the enclosures with specifically an OXFORD chipset deliver better performance.

    An example is this ICY DOCK enclosure that seems quite popular:

    2nd - enclosures with just an eSATA port deliver better performance than those with multiple ports such as combined eSATA & USB.

    Apparently this is due to the bridging interface, and performance can be reduced by up to 7% when using eSATA with a multiple port enclosure.

    So as i am using striped RAID i need an enclosure with 2 bays, with the only external connection being eSATA

    Not really big on chipsets so might be wrong about the whole OXFORD being better thing - just something i heard

    But yea any recommendations / experiences would be great !!!

    Thank you !!!!
  2. buxtone17 macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2009
    Another thought for you: What if your enclosure fails and knocks out both of your drives?

    That's why I just mirror my data on two separate drives.

    Of course, I'm extremely paranoid about losing my data, so you know...
  3. blimeyoriley thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    haha thanks but none of the data on the drive is that sensitive / crucial to me, otherwise i would go for a mirrored RAID

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