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Old 06-24-2010, 06:16 PM
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I'm planning a ground-up rebuild/replacement of our HTPC, and am considering using a solid state drive for the O/S, and an external array for the media (movies, music & recorded TV). I don't want to go with a NAS or USB for that, so I'm looking at eSATA. There just doesn't seem to be many enclosures that include RAID.

Does anyone have any practical experience with any of the external eSATA RAID enclosures out there? The reviews I read weren't very positive. I'm most concerned with the noise level and reliability. Looks are kind of important, too, since this will be part of an entertainment system.

Oh, and I can't use a proprietary eSATA card, like one or two of the units I saw requires. The case I'll be using only takes low profile cards, and even if the eSATA card is low profile, I don't want to give up a slot that I may not even have to give up - I haven't decided on which motherboard to go with yet, but I know that I'll be using two tuner cards.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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I'm sure its not cheap, but the Drobo S supports eSATA.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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Why not keep the drives inside the HTPC case and use a motherboard with built in RAID?? If space is an issue you could consider using 7200 rpm laptop drives.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:47 PM
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Why not keep the drives inside the HTPC case and use a motherboard with built in RAID?? If space is an issue you could consider using 7200 rpm laptop drives.
I don't want them in the case to keep the heat down. That's also the #2 reason I'm going with a solid state drive for the O/S. Also, the built-in RAID on most (all?) motherboards is fakeRAID, and requires the host OS/CPU to do the heavy lifting.

Last edited by swagger; 06-24-2010 at 06:50 PM.. Reason: clarification
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:51 PM
 
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I don't want them in the case to keep the heat down. That's also the #2 reason I'm going with a solid state drive for the O/S. Also, the built-in RAID on most (all?) motherboards is fakeRAID, and requires the host PC to do the heavy lifting.
Yeah, all good points. Whats the reason for not wanting a NAS?
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:53 PM
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I'm sure its not cheap, but the Drobo S supports eSATA.
I forgot about those.. but you're right, it's not cheap ($600+). Out of my price range.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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Found some here, can't speak for their quality though.

SATA External Enclosures, External SATA RAID, External SATA Drive Kits (http://www.usb-ware.com/external-sata-products.htm - broken link)
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:05 PM
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Yeah, all good points. Whats the reason for not wanting a NAS?
We have one already, which we're using to store movies and music. It's great, but certain functionality breaks on the media center extenders if the media isn't on a local drive. Plus, I'm going to have four tuners in the box, so the risk of problems due to bandwidth saturation is very high. I was going to move the media to the external drives after the new HTPC is built, and use the NAS strictly for backups from now on.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:07 PM
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Found some here, can't speak for their quality though.

SATA External Enclosures, External SATA RAID, External SATA Drive Kits (http://www.usb-ware.com/external-sata-products.htm - broken link)
That was the first site I came across, too. The price is pretty attractive, but after reading some reviews of the same hardware on different sites, I'm not so sure. That's why I was hoping someone here had real-world experience with one.
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