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Old May 5, 2008, 03:13 PM
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Default ESata dual raid enclosure = poor man's hardware raid?

Ok, just had a thought, and while it may not be original, I haven't seen it mentioned here yet as a viable solution.

Has anybody come across a dual bay enclosure with an eSATA interface as well as raid?

I'm thinking that since it does the raid within the unit that it should present a single drive to the Sata port it is plugged into thus allowing OS installation on the raided drives without requiring the dreaded F6 drivers.

Since eSATA throughput is theoretically close to normal SATA speeds, I'm thinking that this would give the speed benefits of Raided drives without the pain.

Anything wrong with the way I'm thinking? And, even more important... has anybody come across a decently priced enclosure which would fit the bill? (Hardware raid PCIe X1 cards run $300+ so it would have to run under that to be considered a "budget" solution).
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