RAID5 enclosure for 2018 mac mini?

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  1. archer75, Nov 6, 2018
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    archer75 macrumors 68020

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    I'm looking for a thunderbolt 3/USB-C drive enclosure of some sort to use with a new 2018 mac mini.
    I have 4x 4tb 3.5" hard drives and i'd like to put them in a RAID 5. I'll primarily use this drive for photo work with lightroom. Photos are also backed up online and I periodically back them up to another drive that I keep elsewhere.

    I was looking at OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad Raid edition or Akitio Thunder 3 Quad X(but looks like I have to purchase software to raid this?) Or a Drobo 5C. Any thoughts on these or additional recommendations? I'd like to keep the cost for the enclosure under $350.
     
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  3. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Then you're looking at something like this:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003YFHEAC/

    I've had one of these units, and they perform fairly well, but only max out in transfer rate at 250MB/sec.
     
  4. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    If you can get slightly larger drives, software raid1 pairs can then be combined into either a raid0 stripe or jbod (aka concatenated).

    No special hardware required. If you go the jbod route, you can expand the total size non-destructively.
     

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