raid clarification esata

Discussion in 'iMac' started by yongy, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. yongy macrumors newbie

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    hi,

    sorry guys for these dumb questions but can't seem to get my head around it:

    im looking at getting this external drive:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MEPQ936AL2/

    as it says its a hardware raid, im assuming it only requires 1x esata port on my imac right? so then, can it do jbod?

    if then, i purchased this one:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MESATATBEK/

    im guessing its a software raid? if thats the case, do i need to plug in BOTH esata ports to function or is this for jbod? i.e. can i software raid with one esata cable attached.

    again, forry for dumb questions!!
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

    alust2013

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    They would work the same way if you were using eSATA, but the iMacs do not have eSATA, so that plan won't work.
     
  3. marzer macrumors 65816

    marzer

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    I use the quad interface model w/a mac mini, connecting via fw800, yes it will work as jbod or independant disks. Mine is configure as such, both drives show up on the computer as seperately addressable disks.

    As indicated above, the mac does not have an esata port, but performance is very good via firewire 800.
     
  4. yongy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hi guys! thanks for your replies!

    i forgot to add that ive added an esata port to my imac! initially tried to do the airport/mini pci-e sata swap but apparently it doesnt seem to function too well on the 2011 imacs. so i've taken the sata from the superdrive and converted to esata...

    therefore, i've only got one esata port now and thats why i was wondering if i would need to plug in both esata ports for raid 0 on the

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MESATATBEK/

    as its much cheaper than the

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MEPQ936AL2/

    thanks!
     
  5. basher macrumors 6502

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    Nice. You've taken hackintosh to a whole new level!
     

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