Question for external storage with nMP

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by allupons, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. allupons macrumors member

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    I am trying to sort out what solution will work best for me regarding external storage with the new mac pro. I would like all of my internal drives in a single enclosure, but I would prefer to avoid a raid setup that would require me to double everything in order to truly have a backup (redundancy is not backup)

    I believe the solution might be JBOD, but I don't actually know for sure how JBOD works and my searching thus far has been inconclusive. If I drop 4 drives into a thunderbolt enclosure and use JBOD, will OS X see all the disks separately exactly as if they were internal drives? This is exactly what I am trying to accomplish, so if anyone has experience with this, that would be awesome. My concern is some make it sound like JBOD is just another type of raid where you can mix and match any type/size HDD and end up with what OS X would think is a very large single disk, which I am not interested at all in.

    So is it possible to have a single enclosure with an array of disks show up as a number of disks in OS X just as if they were all separate internal drives? Thanks for any help!
     
  2. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Yes, that's what JBOD is... Just A Bunch of Disks. :) If you get an enclosure that supports JBOD and run it in this mode, you'll see all your disks separately. If all you need is JBOD, then a USB 3 interface should be sufficient... Thunderbolt is overkill. This is the best multi-bay JBOD USB3 enclosure I've seen to date...
    http://oyendigital.com/hard-drives/store/3R5-EB3-M.html
     
  3. Cubemmal macrumors 6502a

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    How is the fan? Noisy? Can you turn it off?
     
  4. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    No idea, but the reviews on Amazon say it's quiet... (it has the best reviews of any external enclosure I've come across)...
    http://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/B00CH94GMK

    It would be great for someone to take one for the team on this :D
     
  5. propower macrumors 6502a

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    The Oyen Digital does have good reviews ...

    Or maybe a better question - how noisy are 5 spinning drives :)

    There is a 4 bay 2.5" drive unit that is TB I am trying out later this week...

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicmultidock

    but it is almost 3X the price of the USB3 solution and has no pass thru TB port... and is as yet unknown if it is really SATA II or SATA III inside :)...
     
  6. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Nice... make sure you post a review here... lots of folks will be interested in that.
     
  7. propower, Dec 9, 2013
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    propower macrumors 6502a

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    Will do!
    Was a really hard choice to cough up the dough - but still looked like the only one that will do what i want :) .. Even SATA II not really a deal breaker if true... will know more by the end of the week...
     
  8. allupons thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the confirmation that JBOD behaves as I was hoping and treats every disk separately. While USB3 is definitely fast enough I am likely stuck going thunderbolt since I have a MacBook Pro that has thunderbolt but no USB3, so if I want internal drive matching speeds on both computers I will have to spend a ton of extra cash on getting the thunderbolt connection for the enclosure...
     
  9. LongSticks macrumors 6502

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    Pro. Look forward to your upcoming report. It's a toss up between BM and Drobo mini for me. Mini has pass through port and I'm still weighing whether this is the one for me.
     
  10. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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