Startech 4bay FW800 enclosure. Any experience with one?

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  1. gdourado macrumors 6502

    gdourado

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    Hi,

    I was looking around the web and came up with the startech 4bay enclosure with FW800 interface:

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    http://eu.startech.com/product/S354UFER-35in-4-Drive-eSATA-USB-FireWire-External-SATA-RAID-Enclosure

    It can take 4 hdds for a maximum of 8 tb and has usb 2.0 + fw800 + esata.

    It is also made of alluminium an has an 80mm fan for cooling.

    Does anyone know this unit? Is it good?
    Could I load with with 4 drives, plug it to my macbook pro by FW800 and would OSX mount the 4 drives seperately on the desktop?

    Thank you.
    Regards!
     
  2. xlii macrumors 68000

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  3. gdourado thread starter macrumors 6502

    gdourado

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    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply.
    So, if I understood correctly, I have to either use a raid option or go with a spanned volume. I cannot mount the drives in single mode.
    In regard to raid 0 vs a spanned volume, does the data become lost in both cases if one drive fails?

    Regards.
     
  4. xlii macrumors 68000

    xlii

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    I'm pretty sure that in both raid 0 and spanning if one drive fails you will need a backup of all the disks in raid 0 or spanning to make it good again once you replace the failed drive.

    * I don't have raid and have never used it so I'm no expert.
     
  5. FireWire2 macrumors 6502

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  6. allan macrumors newbie

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    This unit also offers JBOD over FireWire:

    DataTale RC-M4QJ

    Unfortunately, it is not trayless so it can't really double as a dock (unless you buy more SmartGuiders). Does anyone have any experience with it?

     

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