RAID Storage Array for my Western Digital 250gb drives? - Help!

Discussion in 'Storage' started by Storage, Sep 15, 2008.

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    Storage Guest

    I have three extra Western Digital 250gb SATA drives that I'd like to put to
    use.

    My thought is to put them into a "rack" and make a 750gb RAID array out of
    them for additional storage on my PC, probably via a USB connection.

    I've heard of Drobo but is there a less expensive rack I can buy that will
    allow me to slide these three (and possibly a 4th) drives into, then RAID
    them into a 750gb virtual drive, and occasionally connect to my desktop for
    data archiving?

    It goes without saying that the rack system must be reliable. I'd appreciate
    any leads.

    TIA---
     
    Storage, Sep 15, 2008
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    Arno Wagner Guest

    The first lead would be that a 3-way RAID0 or JBOD is pretty
    unreliable. One disk has a problem - all data is gone. I think
    with such a setup, the rack is the least of your concerns.
    Still, cheap is the enemy of reliable, while expensive is not
    necessarily its friend.

    Arno
     
    Arno Wagner, Sep 15, 2008
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  3. Probably no,
    The "rack" manufacturer will probably only support a particular disk which
    they manufactur themselves.
    I have never seen a "generic rack" where you can "slide in some disks"...
    rack and disks go together.

    rgds
    Edwin.
     
    Edwin vMierlo [MVP], Sep 15, 2008
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