Need help choosing eSATA RAID enclosure !!!!

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

  1. blimeyoriley macrumors member

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    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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817198031

    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

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    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

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    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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