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Maxtor OneTouch III Turbo Edition 1TB RAID $320 @ Harris Technology

Posted By: fishmonkey, posted 2008/12/23 01:50
this is a good clearance price for these 2 bay RAID units with Firewire 400/800 and USB 2.0...

the 1TB size is actually 2 x 500GB drives in the case... you can configure either RAID 0 or RAID 1... RAID 0 means that your data is striped across the two drives to improve access speeds (1TB of faster but less safe space), whereas RAID 1 means that your data is mirrored on both drives (each 500GB drive has identical data on it at all times)...

shipping is $9.19 to Sydney metro, or you can arrange pickup from one of their business centres...
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$320.00Get deal
  • nod2008/12/23 02:36:25
    now this may be a basic question :D
    if it is identical on both 500gb drives does that not actually reduce the capacity to 500gb not 1tb?
    Or can you remove the feature?
  • fishmonkey2008/12/23 03:40:24
    nod;76080
    now this may be a basic question :D
    if it is identical on both 500gb drives does that not actually reduce the capacity to 500gb not 1tb?
    Or can you remove the feature?


    err, you have the choice of RAID 0 or RAID 1... (RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks)

    there are various other more complicated RAID schemes, but RAID 0 and RAID 1 are the most basic and common (most other RAID schemes are a more sophisticated combination of the two)...

    yes, with RAID 1 (mirrored) you end up with half the total amount of disk space, but if one disk dies you still have all your files on the other half of the mirror... you then swap out the bad drive and the array will automatically rebuild itself by copying the data over to the new drive... it's useful when you don't want any downtime, because you are basically keeping a constant backup...

    with RAID 0, the data is striped across both disks so that effectively half is on each drive... this speeds up access because a single file is spread across both disks... the cost is less data security, because one drive going down will effectively take out all your files... RAID 0 is useful for things like video editing where a high throughput of data is required... however, if you don't need blazing speed, you are better off with one bigger drive (or two separate smaller drives), because you are doubling your chance of a catastrophic drive failure using a RAID 0 set unnecessarily...

    a drive enclosure with more than one drive in it is usually some kind of RAID system, although some will allow you to configure the drives as Just a Bunch Of Disks (JBOD) so that your computer sees them all as separate distinct drives... many cheaper RAID boxes don't support JBOD though, and i don't think this one does either...

    also, i have seen reports of drive death regarding this model, but it's very hard to know from internet reports because all drives die sometime, and it's the nature of online forums to be places where people report/complain about problems they've had...
  • admin2008/12/23 09:42:00
    I see there's a few options in there. A buffalo raid for $330 and a Lacie for $349 (both 2x500 gb)
  • fishmonkey2008/12/23 12:01:18
    admin;76105
    I see there's a few options in there. A buffalo raid for $330 and a Lacie for $349 (both 2x500 gb)


    Buffalo model is USB only, Lacie is USB + eSATA...

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