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Why not build yourself a file server. Don't require many resources and they are expandable.. Unless space is a problem
    
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Thanks guys. I think I'll just go with a JBOD so that I don't have to worry about the enclosure crapping out. The entire array is going to be hooked up to several different systems, many of which aren't mine since my friends like to cop some of the stuff on there, which means software RAID is probably impractical.

I'm just making sure, this is pretty much a 4 bay external enclosure right?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817576009
As in, each drive is independent of eachother and I can take one out and put it in a random single bay external enclosure and that HDD would chug along like nothing happened right?

That enclosure requires a controller that support port multiplying.
    
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That enclosure requires a controller that support port multiplying.
But not over USB, right? I was under the impression the requiring a controller part only applies to eSata.



Oh, and to the other replies, portability is a *huge* factor since I take this around from my dorm to home a good bit. So anything that anchors it to a specific computer or makes it hard to pack up kinda nils out that possiblity.
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You will almost certainly need some drivers to use it over USB - which may mean you need to take a CD around with it, as they may not be built in to Windows.

If you really want something portable then an ethernet connection would be your best bet - either a NAS device or full blown server.
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Decided to just go RAID5 for the redundancy. I've narrowed it down to these two:
The cheaper AMS brand
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816216003

Or this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816111145

I've been doing some research and apparently over USB it's driverless, so that's the main thing I was concerned about gone. Is there any reason to buy the more expensive one? The cheaper one uses a JM393 chipset for its RAID, no idea what the more expensive one uses.

Primary use is for 5drive RAID5, mostly using USB2.0/3.0, with a lil bit of eSata use.
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There's no such thing as driverless with USB - but sometimes the driver is built in to Windows already, so you don't need the disk. But on other systems you might not get the system to react as you hope, especially if the Windows drivers lack some of the OEM driver features.
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