New MacPro: To RAID or not to RAID. That is the question.

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by hassiman, May 28, 2014.

  1. hassiman macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2006
    San Diego
    I have a new MacPro and will be running all of my application software on my 512GB SSD. My LightRoom5 and PS CS6 CC data will all live on a CalDigit T3 external Thunderbolt drive. It has three 2TB drives and I can chose to run all three as JBOD ( gives me 6TB storage ), all three as RAID 1 ( Gives me only 2TB storage ) or 2 drives as RAID 1 with the third as JBOD for backup. (Still 2 TB storage )

    I have only used hardware RAID with CalDigit and it has worked flawlessly for years. The T3 uses software RAID... specifically Apples OSX 10.9.3 RAID disk utility. I was wondering if anyone here is familiar with software RAID and how reliable it is?:confused: I know that SoftRAID is about to release a software RAID that will allow running RAID 5 on a 3 disk array. This would give me 4TB of storage.

    Any opinions?

  2. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    I use software RAID 0 for 3 HDD since 10.9.0, has zero issue so far.

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