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Sabertooth Z87 eSATA RAID 1 w/ 2 internal hard drives in 2 external enclosures?

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Long title, sorry! I have a few questions.

I do lots of video work, and I want to back up all of my footage and edits and assets and whatnot. My motherboard, the Sabertooth Z87, has 2 eSATA ports on the rear I/O, and I want to connect two single-bay external enclosures to them. I want to put 2 NAS hard drives in them, and then RAID1 them so that if one drive fails, I can buy a replacement and mirror the contents of the remaining drive over.

My questions:
1) Is it possible to set up RAID1 with two internal drives in external enclosures connected to separate eSATA ports?
2) How is this done?
3) Does the Sabertooth Z87 support this capability?
4) Is eSATA safe to use 24/7?

5) Once the external RAID1 is set up, can I add my internal hard drive (connected to a motherboard SATA port) to the RAID1 so that my internal data is automatically copied to both of my external drives?
Edited by LeMonarque - 7/18/13 at 11:28am
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The eSATA port out the back don't support RAID so you won't be able run the setup you're thinking of. Instead, have you considered a RAID enclosure? This one, for example, will support two drives in RAID1 and works over eSATA or USB 3.0. smile.gif
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The eSATA port out the back don't support RAID so you won't be able run the setup you're thinking of. Instead, have you considered a RAID enclosure? This one, for example, will support two drives in RAID1 and works over eSATA or USB 3.0. smile.gif

Ah, thank you very much! I'll definitely look into that and similar products.

But can I take the dual drives in that external bay and RAID1 them with my internal drive? Just so all the copying is automated. If not then I can always backup via software right?

I just think a RAID1 with a dual-external enclosure and one internal drive would be a lot easier.

Oh, and is it possible to replace the 40mm fan in that particular enclosure? I'd like to swap it out for Noctua's 40mm since I'm a bit of a silence freak (did the same thing with my motherboard...).
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Ah, thank you very much! I'll definitely look into that and similar products.

But can I take the dual drives in that external bay and RAID1 them with my internal drive? Just so all the copying is automated. If not then I can always backup via software right?

I just think a RAID1 with a dual-external enclosure and one internal drive would be a lot easier.

Oh, and is it possible to replace the 40mm fan in that particular enclosure? I'd like to swap it out for Noctua's 40mm since I'm a bit of a silence freak (did the same thing with my motherboard...).

Glad to help! Unfortunately, you won't be able to RAID the enclosure with an internal drive since they are on different controllers. But, you can indeed use software to backup your video footage to the external enclosure. It's really up to you how you want to do it. It can be as simple as manually coping everything. But, it sounds like you want something a bit more automated.

I'd take a look at Macrium Reflect. Basically this is an imaging program - it will simply make a back up copy of any partition or files/folders that you specify and store them in an archive. It also supports Differential and Incremental images which will just backup only the changes from the last archive resulting in much smaller archives (and they are captured much quicker too).

Once you have a archive made, you can just double-click the archive file and it will be mounted as a virtual drive in Windows Explorer. From there you can browse it just like it was any other driver on your PC. If you're looking for a file to restore, for example, you can just browse through the archive and copy & paste it as you would with any other file. One very nice thing about imaging software over RAID1 is that you can always go back in time if something gets accidentally deleted or something similar...you don't have this same kind of protection with RAID1; it just protects you against hardware failure.

Regarding the fan, usually these are user replaceable. I once owned the older USB 2.0 version of the enclosure linked above and IIRC the fan was just a standard TX3 connector. As always, this depends on the enclosure so just check ahead of time if you want to replace the fan.

I hope this helps! smile.gif
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