Raid External HDD for new i7 ?

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  1. sepu macrumors regular

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

    Thanks.
     
  2. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    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 601

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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: http://www.cooldrive.com/index.php/essaii3gbexp.html) 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

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    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

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  11. mcruzader macrumors regular

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    I would say to checkout macsales.com 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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