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I'm thinking of getting 2 500gb Seagate 7200.11 drives and putting them inside an external enclosure.

1. What's a good, cool, quiet eSATA enclosure that'll hold 2 drives?
2. How many SATA cables are coming out the back? My p5bdeluxe only has 1 sata port for external drives in the back.
3. Does the case combine the both into 1 SATA cord?


How does it normally work when you buy an external SATA drive in RAID already pre-packaged?
    
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I'm thinking of getting 2 500gb Seagate 7200.11 drives and putting them inside an external enclosure.

1. What's a good, cool, quiet eSATA enclosure that'll hold 2 drives?
2. How many SATA cables are coming out the back? My p5bdeluxe only has 1 sata port for external drives in the back.
3. Does the case combine the both into 1 SATA cord?


How does it normally work when you buy an external SATA drive in RAID already pre-packaged?
RAID enclosures aren't cheap if you want them to be e-SATA.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...nd&Order=PRICE

As for a good external one that's cool, just read the reviews, not many people use external RAID unless it's for some serious data, and then they put some serious cash into the quality of the HDD.

Usually only 1 e-Sata cable, what it does it your enclosure has 2 cables that go into your HDDs, and an on-board RAID controller that changes it into 1 e-sata.

As for it working well, the people who I know and use them say they work excellent if you buy a box setup with HDD's preinstalled. most of the time, it just because people like the software and automation is why they get them.
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RAID enclosures aren't cheap if you want them to be e-SATA.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...nd&Order=PRICE

As for a good external one that's cool, just read the reviews, not many people use external RAID unless it's for some serious data, and then they put some serious cash into the quality of the HDD.

Usually only 1 e-Sata cable, what it does it your enclosure has 2 cables that go into your HDDs, and an on-board RAID controller that changes it into 1 e-sata.

As for it working well, the people who I know and use them say they work excellent if you buy a box setup with HDD's preinstalled. most of the time, it just because people like the software and automation is why they get them.
Well this is for work and I do a lot of video and e-learning presentations...so it's serious for me. Lots of raw DV footage, Premiere sequences, DVD files, flash, tons of photos, a decent amount of audio....etc. etc. I'm not sure what you mean by serious data.

So, how about this with two 500GB 7200.11 Seagates?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817422023

I wouldn't even go with the enterprise versions, as I believe these Seagates to be top quality. I don't know any video editors that run their scratch disks from a SCSI array.

Let me know if that item above is what you're talking about. Otherwise I'm just going to have to buy a eSATA to SATA bracket PCI card if I want to use some of the cheaper enclosures.

Also would that item have any interference with my current RAID setup (my C drive basically) that I run my OS and everything else from? My guess is no since it's external...but I don't want to kill my original array I'm trying to backup!!

Also, is JBOD equal to RAID0 in terms of performance gains?
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