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09-29-06, 11:22 AM #1
1 TB (Terabyte) External hard drives
I was looking for a decent sized hard drive for files, backup etc that sort of thing... I would like it to work externally with my laptop so wither an external unit or enclosed casing would be ideal.
I was set on about 400GB however I came across a 1TB external drive at outpost for $650 with 2x500GB drives... my question is are they any good? Are they more reliable than single 400GB hard drives? Should one hard drive fail is the other still good? Can the hard drives be replaced?
Lots of questions, if anyone has one of these let me know what you think of it!
09-29-06, 11:45 AM #2
Since it has 2 drives, then it is using Raid0. So, if one drive fails, you lose the data on the whole thing. Not sure about replacing the drives. For security, I wouldnt trust an external raid setup, especially if you plan to move it around. Those drives would just be inviting failure running raid and being mobile. Drop it once, and a drive fails, losing all of the data.Main Rig: Asus P8Z68 Pro Gen3 * Core i7 2600K @ 4.4Ghz * 8GB (2x 4GB) Mushkin Blackline PC3-1600 * GeForce GTX 560TI 448 1280MB * 6TB Storage * LG BD/RW * Lian-Li PC-V2000B * Dell 24" 2407FPW & Asus 24" VS248H
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09-29-06, 09:04 PM #3
I don't know anything about this specific device, but I would be surprised if it was Raid 0 only. Pretty sure it would support Raid1 or JBOD, too.
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09-30-06, 12:23 AM #4
Hmm, I wouldn't think it is raid at all. The setup is is 2x500GB hard drives to give you 1TB, wouldn't 2x500GB Raid 0/1 only give you 500GB...
I've had a 20GB lacie USB/Firewire portable for about 4 years now, dropped tens of times, been around the world with me, 10+ trans atlantic flights and it's still in perfect working order, perhaps they don't make them like they used too?Dan
09-30-06, 01:15 AM #5Originally Posted by Graphicism
What makes you think that it is using raid? It could be a JBOD, or even 2 drives. KISS.
09-30-06, 02:17 AM #6
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Get 250-320 GB hard drives cheapest per GB and great for storage...buy some cheap external enclosures from newegg and you are set, maybe a USB hub to give you somewhere to leave 4 drives plugged in for 500$ you could have 4 drives over a TB.
09-30-06, 04:09 AM #7
Depends on if you want the cheapest sollution or performance.. one of the fastest drives for single user applications is a 500gig drive. SATAe-II and these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...MP=OTC-Froogle
would be fast... but a little more expensive for 1TB of data. $400 for the drives but only two external enclosures (cuts down on that cost)$300 for your CPU
$500 for your GFX card
$100 for your memory
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$9.99 for your PSU
Having a CHEAP power supply take out your computer PRICELESS.
09-30-06, 02:24 PM #8
Yeah, i doubt it's raid. I would guess JBOD.Main Rig: e8400 l ASUS P5K Deluxe l G.Skill 4GB HZ's l GTX 280 l 2x320gb 7200.10 Raid 0 l X-FI Platinum l CM Stacker 830 l OCZ 700W GameXtreme l Logitech z-5500's l G5 l Saitek Eclipse II l 2 x 2407 WFPHTPC:P4 2.8 l 1.5GB ram l 7600GS l HVR-1600 l 400gb raid 0 l Audigy 1 l Coolermaster 280 l 37" Olevia