Originally Posted by Robert Duncan
Yes, this will work. I am currently running a Seagate 500gb Newegg replacement as the internal and a pair of Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB in an external RAID 0 case. I have tested pulling a drive hot and plugging back in. It works, not even a tear in the video, but takes 22 hours to complete the recovery.
I did test the RAID 0 as the internal. You can swap the SATA cables on the motherboard and route the "internal" port to the eSATA back panel connector. Now your external drive is acting as the internal across the eSATA connector.
I also tested replacing the internal drive and reconnecting an external drive with old program data (like ~700gb of data) and the old data is still usable. The data is encrypted to the chassis, not the hard drive.
I went further and replaced the 500gb internal with a 20gb POS I had laying around. It worked and the external still had all my old data. With a 2tb RAID 0 external, this would mean the most you would ever lose is about 15gb of data on the internal drive.
I am back to the 500gb internal, because I didn't trust the very old 20gb drive and I already had the quite new 500gb (and my wife was tired of me playing).
Hey Robert. I have been shopping for a RAID 0 or 1 drive enclosure. Many state that a special port multiplier capable controller must be used so I'm wondering if this is something you experienced?
Specifically, I was looking at the following:
StarTech S352U2RER Hard Drive Enclosure - 2-Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 2.0, eSATA, RAID 0, 1, BIG, JBOD, SAFE 33/50
This appeared to be a good choice for a reasonable price from tigerdirect until I read about this controller requirement.
I'd really like to use the enclosure as the internal drive just so I never have to worry about a reconfig ever again. Instead, I could just pull a bad drive out and replace with a good drive.
I am looking at the following pair of drives on sale at Amazon for a steal:
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1.5 TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST31500341AS-Bare Drive
Any suggestions for the right enclosure?