External Drives and Ext. Enclosures

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  1. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    Usually am not the one to be asking the questions, but here it goes.

    I have a desktop with a combined ~400GB of storage. About 370 of that is currently being used. I also have an apple powerbook with about 60GB used. Currently I am pretty much just using the desktop as a file server, partially because BOTH 19" monitors I own have all but given out on me. What I am looking to do is add some form of external storage and transfer nearly all non-essential files (movies, music, installers, etc). This way I can simply plug in whichever computer that need's immediate access, rather than dealing with the network. My files would also be somewhat portable if I really need to take them.

    Here is what I am considering:
    1) Purchasing something like this: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEFW912AL2/
    A dual hard drive enclosure running RAID and firewire 800. Then buying two 300GB internal drives and loading them up. This would run me roughly $400 for 600-640GB capacity. Or, ~$300 for 500GB of space at current newegg prices (~110 for 250GB).

    2) Buying a premade external drive, like the Lacie Big Disk Extreme 500GB firewire 800. I don't know about the reliability of Lacie, but I've heard the B.D.Extreme is fast. What other options are out there for external RAID disks?

    My goal is this: 500GB (or preferably more) capacity. firewire800 interface (preferably 400/USB as well). RAID. Cheap (haha).
     
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  3. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    Anyone?
     
  4. veonake

    veonake OnT poster, OT lurker

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    Bump, someone has to have suggestions.
     

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