Suggestions for a 4/5 bay RAID

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by fuchsdh, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    Hey chaps, here's my deal:

    I'm looking for a 4 or 5-bay RAID. Thunderbolt would be great, but as I'm using it with an old Mac Pro another attachment method is necessary at this point.

    I'm currently the owner of a 16TB 4Big Quadra FW800/USB3, but sadly the purchase has soured me on Lacie: the unit produced an abnormal amount of noise for months, which I finally decided had to be a defect and had shipped off for a RMA; I received the device back three days ago but as of yesterday the unit cannot be powered up, so i think I'm going to wash my hands of it.

    I think I'd still prefer DAS. Given the horrors I've faced trying to get our host of Drobo NAS to appear and mount on the computers at work, I'm hesitant to go with that brand. Final consideration: being able to buy the unit without drives is a plus.

    Any suggestions?
  2. iliasp macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2013
    One word, "Synology"

    Forget about the Drobo, its almost plug n play, best interface i have experienced on a NAS and i am just a noob with their platform
    For the last 7 years i was using one WD MyBook World Edition (Writing/Reading speeds made it almost unusable) and i just can't describe how much more functional this thing is (DS214+)
  3. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Yeah, I have had one of these for a few years and it works perfectly. I bought it as a bare drive and populated it with 4 x 3TB HGST Deskstar NAS drives.
  4. OldMike, Feb 23, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2015

    OldMike macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I'm in the market for the same thing right now.

    Right now I am considering the OWC Thunderbay4:

    and the

    Akitio Thunder2 Quad:

    I haven't found much on the Akitio - but I might go this route since it doesn't require adapters when switching between 2.5" and 3.5" drives.

    Here is some good reading on the OWC unit. If you read through the thread you will see that it actually outperforms the more expensive Pegasus RAID unit in RAID initialization and rebuilds (due to SoftRAID 5). It seems like a good unit.

    With either of these units I would recommend SoftRAID 5 (can be ordered as a bundle with the OWC drive):

    EDIT: Sorry my reading comprehension must really be off today. I didn't realize that you were looking for an alternative connection method. Since you are looking to move to Thunderbolt at some point - is there a way for you to add a Thunderbolt card to your Mac Pro? This way once your storage device will still fit you when you move to another computer...
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    The OWC stuff has always been good for me. If you need RAID for performance, don't bother looking at a NAS. Just about any DAS solution will work much better. On my old macpro I have like 10 drives connected mostly in separate FW or eSATA enclosures (4 internal) and use disk utility to RAID0 or mirror a few as I desire; CCC to backup otherwise.
  6. OldMike macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    So I just came across this Oyen Digital Mobius 5-Bay FireWire 800/eSATA/USB 3.0 RAID Enclosure. What is interesting is that it is a good price, has hardware RAID, and is a trayless design allowing for the easy replacement of drives (a plus for me).

    The unit has some very good reviews and the company seems to have good customer service.

    Manual can be found here:

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