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I am hoping someone can recommend a very good 2-disk external eSATA enclosure (preferably 2.5" disks if they are very fast) (hopefully with the disks included) which have 2 eSATA inputs (so my motherboard's RAID controller Intel(R) ICH8R SATA RAID) can stripe the disks as RAID-0.


I was thinking though... is the above going to be faster throughput and more dependable or having only 1 eSATA cable come out of my PC into an enclosure with multiple disks using it's own builtin hardware RAID-0.


I mainly care about performance, if I lose the data, it wont be the end of the world; as the only purpose of this is to support 10 HDTV tuners (used for DVR capabilities) which are VERY active (24/7).


My budget is no more than $400-$500.


Thanks for any information that can lead me to buy the right device.

-MKANET


EDIT: I'm guessing I need something like the below items; preferably the 2.5" HDD variety. I wonder which is better of the two items below:

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other...ng/MESATATBEK/
http://www.cooldrives.com/dual-esata...-case-al1.html
http://www.satagear.com/USBG-2XSA_SATA_Enclosure.html
 

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A native eSATA solution will not have any impact on the performance. That is to say that the drives you choose will perform exactly the same as if they were mounted inside your PC. Of course, anything that connects a SATA disk with a different interface like firewire or USB will reduce the performance. Also, port multipliers that are used in boxes that have 4 or 5 disks with only a single eSATA connection, will also impact performance. So, all three enclosures you listed should have the same performance. That's assuming that the one that has USB isn't doing anything strange with the eSATA ports between the back panel and the disks.


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Thanks. Yeah, I also thought it through after I posted. I ended up gettng:

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other...ng/MESATATBEK/


and two SAMSUNG F1 RAID Class HE103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 's


I'm crossing my fingers the embedded Intel ICH8 RAID controller can do a pretty good job for RAID-0 (better than Windows software disk striping). I guess if I wanted RAID-5, I'd use a dedicated PCI RAID controller card like a Highpoint


If someone thinks I'll get a HUGE performance benefit with an addon RAID card (for RAID-0 ONLY), please let me know.
 
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