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  1. ssd-newbie

    Multi bay SDD?

    Anybody know similar inexpensive product than this which is Mac-compatible? These don't work with Macs. I don't need any memory card reader stuff just multi bay for SSDs. Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 Lexar Professional Workflow DD256 (256GB USB 3.0 storage drive) Lexar Professional Workflow DD512 (512GB USB 3.0 storage drive)
  2. Hey folks, I hope I do not miss any specific forum guidelines by starting the topic right here. Please notify me if I am missing something. I checked out a couple of reviews on and on other places on the internet as well as friends related to the IT sector. Short summary of facts: - ambitious amateur photographer with a lot of RAW image data - Mac only network, which means there is a MacBook Pro Retina and two MacBook Airs at the moment (total internal capacity of ~1,8TB) - TimeMachine backup running to external USB hard drive, an Apple TimeCapsule as well as CrashPlan online backup - an old Drobo FS with mixed old HDDs, total ~13-14TB (do not like it, very very slow, bad performance) - several USB 2.0 and FW800 drives, total ~6-7TB Aims: - buying a MacMini running OS X Server for home media consumption on HDTV, tv recording and automation workflows - buy a NAS or DAS (attached to MacMini and available via network share from the OSX Server) with about 20 TB raw capacity Use: - storage will mainly be used for storing large HD video files, RAW images and backups from the network computers - depending on hardware solution a dual disk redundancy should be workable My options: a) Synology DS1813+ with 8x 4TB HDD - what performance is to be expected from a DS1813+ if used with a single gigabit ethernet connection in a Mac network? I read about a couple of performance issues with SMB/AFP file transfer on Mac OS X Mavericks - I will not be able to purchase a switch with 802.3ad capability for my use as they are quite expensive. That means no link aggregation possible, correct? - use of RAID 6? External backup solution might be a couple of USB drives b ) Drobo 5D with 5x 4TB HDD - dual disk redundancy using Drobo's Beyond RAID - performance using Thunderbolt on a Mac should be around 100-150MB/s - network share using a Mac as a server - external backup using old Drobo FS or a couple of USB drives c) Lacie or G-Technology RAIDs - Lacie thunderbolt drives with 8TB or one 20TB, but they all come with RAID0/1, therefore having an exact copy on another Lacie drive is necessary - expensive - G-Technology also offers 8TB thunderbolt, same problem as Lacie but maybe more reliable hard drives - G-Technology G-Speed Q RAID is very pricey Choose of HDD: If deciding for a Drobo or Synology NAS, which hard drive is optimal to chose in terms of long life reliability? Performance should be ok with all of them for my needs - WD SE or WD RED 4TB - Hitachi Deskstar 4TB I do not like to go with Seagate as I had bad experience, however I had a couple dead-on-arrival WD RED 3TB last year in my Drobo FS. Other suggestions on 4TB are welcome. Looking forward for any feedback and suggestions, personal experience and recommendations! Best, Robert
  3. I'm looking for suggestions on what to buy when it comes to a storage system for removable hard drives. It'll be used in a small office environment meaning it should be reliable, quiet, and reasonably fast. I currently have a Proavio 4-bay rack enclosure with removable drives: It's connected to my Mac Pro through Firewire 800 but has a few flaws: it won't accept drive bigger than 2TB, it's noisy (yes, I've changed the fans), each hard drive needs a tray to be attached and a couple of other frustrations. I also didn't end up installing it in a rack, so this time around I'm considering a "tower" of some sort. I've been looking at 5.25" backplane modules such as these from Orico: My guess is that they don't contain any interface electronics, so I wouldn't run into a hard drive size limit as now, because that depends on the SATA bridge board I decide to use. They're also trayless meaning I can just pop in the drives. The problem however is that these modules are designed for PC cases and not stand-alone as I need (there's no such space available in my Mac Pro). Firewire (and possibly USB) would be nice, but since my Mac Pro has an eSATA interface I should be fine with just SATA. So, are there any ready made desktop systems with those features? I'm also open for other suggestions, but being able to exchange drives is a "must have" feature I've found invaluable when making backups and whenever my drives fill up.