Two HD RAID enclosure w/option of using only 1 drive ?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dnadrifter, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. dnadrifter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2009
    Does any one know of a two hard drive enclosure that will house two drives capable of setting the drives up in a RAID 0, BUT also let you only put one drive in one of the slots if you want (non RAID).

    I am looking for an external backup solution. Ideally I would just by a two drive RAID enclosure from macsales and then buy two 1TB drives. However, I don't really need 2TB of backup right now, but I likely will in a couple years. I would like to find an enclosure that would support both a single drive and a two drive RAID 0 setup, so I can grow into it without laying out the cash now.
  2. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    From a sample drive description:
    I guess this means you can put in one, and another one for later.
  3. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
  4. dnadrifter thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2009
    That was actually the enclosure I was planning on purchasing. When I called OWC though they said you had to have two in at the same time. You didn't have to have them configured as a RAID, but you both slots needed to be occupied.

    I was also optimistic that the description said up to 2, but I guess it could be read as up to two 2TB drives rather than say two 1 TB drives, etc.

    I asked the tech support guy several times and he was fairly adamant that both drives needed to be there.
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Drobo does this. Can hold up to four drives. Just pop in drives to add storage without formatting.
  6. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Drobo is slow though..
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    You might want to look into ATA over Ethernet (AoE). ;)

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