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Re: external drive enclosures / esata / port multipliers?

On Tue, 18 Jan 2011, Monte Milanuk wrote:
> 4-bay enclosure w/ eSATA card + cable:	$130
> Hitachi 2TB SATA HDD ($120x4):		$480
> Grand total:				$610
> vs...

> 4-bay enclosure:			$279
> Areca 1300x4 card + cable:		$197
> Hitachi 2TB SATAII HDD ($130x4):	$520
> Grand total: 				$996

> Is it really 50% mo betta?  If so, is the SAS setup I listed a good,

You're talking about 8TB of raw data.  How much is all that data worth to

Backups don't protect you well from slow, insiduous corruption (chances are
you will NOT have a backup from before the corruption when you finally
notice it) unless you have a strong retention policy, which I have never
seen anyone do at home.

I'd go with the SAS setup.  The Arecca cards have very good reputation
(although I haven't checked that specific card).  I can't say anything about
the enclosure or the cable, other than that you should be careful with that
cable, and don't treat it harshly.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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