Thread: HD wars redux
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Old 2008-02-21, 18:32   Link #93
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Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
Does the OS kernel support RAID? I know I could build a Linux box that would mount the five enclosures and connect them together as a RAID 0. If I can address each drive inside the enclosures separately, I could build two RAID 0 arrays using one drive from each enclosure, then use RAID 1 to join them together. I would think any modern operating system that supports kernel-level RAID could do this.
Yep, Mac OS X supports RAID 0 and RAID 1. I'd planned to make a RAID 0+1 (manually, if I had to). The problem is that you can't address each drive individually. To the OS, it looks like one drive. The enclosure itself is a RAID device. In order to switch it between RAID 0 or RAID 1, you need to use Western Digital's proprietary software. Interesting things happen when you try to make a RAID out of two or more of these enclosures (really, 4 or more drives) - the process begins, and then fails.
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