Raid External HDD for new i7 ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by sepu, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. sepu macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2006
    Hey guys quick question does anybody can recommend a good Raid HDD to setup with the new i7?
    any recommendations ?

  2. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    If you want to run RAID 1, I recommend the WD Studio drives. I have some of those puppies in RAID 1, and they've worked well.
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    I use a Western Digital MyBook dual-drive that I like. A friend of mine has a LaCie MAX Quadra that he's happy with.

    Both let you choose between RAID-0 for speed or RAID-1 for failure-resistance. Both have FireWire 800.
  4. OldCorpse macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2005
    compost heap
    I have two 2TB WD drives (so in a RAID 1 configuration it's 1TB of usable space, i.e. 4 drives for a total of 2TB usable space in RAID 1). I bought them in April of 09, for $220-$230 on Amazon. They've been on ever since. I use them to stream music. So far no problems at all.
  5. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2009
    it's called a Drobo, but be warned its expensive, and u are still limited to the firewire 800, eSata would have been better.;)
  6. cd1234567 macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2009
    How about esata Raid External HDD for new i7 ?

    I wonder if I can take the DVD drive out and use its sata socket on the motherboard to connect to an esata external HDD. The esata cable can come out through the DVD drive opening.

    And the DVD drive will be turned into an external drive with USB connection.

    I assume the esata speed is faster than firewire800. And this alternation will allow me to fully use the firewire on the videocam.

    Is it possible?

    (I have not bought my i7 yet. I do plan to buy it when the screen and shipping issues are sorted out.)
  7. jphealy macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2008
    Dublin, Ireland
    Is eSata faster than Firewire 800? Also, how do you connect the external HDD to an iMac with eSata?
  8. cd1234567 macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2009
    I am not familiar with imac hardware. But I think if it is similar to pc, the connecting SATA cable between the DVD drive and the motherboard's sata port can be unplugged.

    I then plug in a sata/esata cable (such as this one: into the motherboard's now-empty sata port. The esata side of the cable stays outside of the imac.

    Now I can connect an esata external HDD to imac through the sata/esata cable.

    I am wonder if there is anyone knows whether this is feasible.

    I think esata is faster. And if it is possible, I can free up the firewire for the video cam.

    I hope my English does not confuse you.
  9. sepu thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2006
    thanks for all the recommendations ... I will have a look ... yeah I definitely would love to get a Drobo, more than anything I want to use this for Nuke some heavy 3D renders as well.

    I would love to heard more about that eSata if its possible ...
  10. cd1234567 macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2009
  11. mcruzader macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2008
    I would say to checkout and purchase your own enclosure and harddrives, that way if it ever goes bad, you can service it yourself or just buy a replacement hdd. Plus they look really sweet, the aluminum that is.

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