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    Looking for external HDD enclosures

    I'm at the point where I need another external drive. A 3TB will last me like 2+ years easily but I was wondering if I can buy an enclosure that allows 2 or more drives so I can upgrade later than having to buy separate external drives every time.

    So any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by itachi73378 View Post
    I'm at the point where I need another external drive. A 3TB will last me like 2+ years easily but I was wondering if I can buy an enclosure that allows 2 or more drives so I can upgrade later than having to buy separate external drives every time.


    So any recommendations?


    Budget?

    Something like this should work:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817198057

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    Treat yourself to a nice NAS box. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/icy-d...nclosure-black

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    Budget isn't much of an issue. Thanks for the recommendations

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    NAS drive all the way I have one and its great as all my hardware can use it from PC, Laptop, PS3 and phones with drop box


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    Quote Originally Posted by itachi73378 View Post
    Budget isn't much of an issue. Thanks for the recommendations
    If budget isn't an issue, look into a drobo.

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    Those drobo sound really awesome.

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    DROBO is a pain in the ass. You're better off learning how to do a proper RAID setup. I've had several nightmares happen already with mine and I just said screw it and did a manual RAID setup. I've been fine ever since.

    As for enclosures, this company makes some nice ones: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/

    Ignore the web address. External drives work universally across all platforms... this company just specializes in Mac hardware.
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    I currently use a QNAP 419P II with 8TB in a RAID 5 configuration. So basically I have 6TB with distributed parity so if any 1 HDD fails I can replace it and still keep all of my data. Been using it for well over a year now and I'm running it as a file server, web hosting server, media server, and a few other things too. QNAP have perhaps the best software configuration tools for a NAS around to date by far and their NAS's are brilliant to boot, they're just a little pricey though but well worth it. I haven't even turned it off since purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varsh View Post
    I currently use a QNAP 419P II with 8TB in a RAID 5 configuration. So basically I have 6TB with distributed parity so if any 1 HDD fails I can replace it and still keep all of my data. Been using it for well over a year now and I'm running it as a file server, web hosting server, media server, and a few other things too. QNAP have perhaps the best software configuration tools for a NAS around to date by far and their NAS's are brilliant to boot, they're just a little pricey though but well worth it. I haven't even turned it off since purchase.
    Just looked that up online. Looks pretty snazzy.
    "The biggest adversary in our life is ourselves. We are what we are, in a sense, because of the dominating thoughts we allow to gather in our head. All concepts of self-improvement, all actions and paths we take, relate solely to our abstract image of ourselves. Life is limited only by how we really see ourselves and feel about our being. A great deal of pure self-knowledge and inner understanding allows us to lay an all-important foundation for the structure of our life from which we can perceive and take the right avenues.

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