Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2012 12:32 PM (in response to gcortes)
would Thunderbolt attached drives be as fast as internal ones, i.e., the bottleneck is the drive and not the interface; are there any other RAID options out there.
I think the Drives will be the bottleneck, mostly...
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2012 12:49 PM (in response to gcortes)
I did another Internet search on Thunderbolt RAID and came up with a new product. It's the Progress Pegasus J4, which contains 2.5" drive in a Mac Mini sized case. Estimated release is June. He a link: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/promise-thunderbolt-storage,14937.html
Currently Being ModeratedApr 4, 2012 11:04 AM (in response to gcortes)
@Gcortes, I'm in pretty-much the same situation. I, too, bought a 2011 Mini so I could learn Mac OS, and maybe use it as a quiet desktop machine for web browsing and email. Within a week I decided to begin a wholesale migration from the high end Windows machine I built just a year ago. Even though the Mini is only a dual core i5, and my Windows box is a quad core i7, I still like the Apple ecosystem well enough to make the switch.
Anyway, I digress . I'm exploring storage options as I have a pair of 3TB drives in RAID-1 on the PC. I am considering a Guardian MAXimus RAID-1 box from OWC, connected with Firewire 800, as an interim step until Firewire storage devices are priced within reach. I know this will be slower than what I had before but I think it's still a good trade-off.
I'll be watching the next gen Mini as well, though it would be dificult to justify unless it's a huge leap ... I've only had the 2011 for a couple months .
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2012 1:22 PM (in response to bheiser1)
@bheiser1, my quad core i7 PC isn't much older than yours. Now my full sized Antec case is just a stand for my Mac Mini.
The LaCie 2big 4Gi Thunderbolt RAID is at the top of my list at the moment. As @BDAquq points out, the larger drives are faster. The Promise Pegasus four drive RAID would be faster still, but overkill for my purposes. It's also twice the price.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2012 3:49 PM (in response to gcortes)
Haha, yes - I put the i7 PC in a hulking Corsair 600 for lots of airflow. It looks positively "ginormous" compared to the Mini. The Mini does in such a tiny little package, and actually looks nice sitting on my desk .
Yes, making use of the Thunderbolt capability definitely seems like the way to go. I'll undoubtdly do that eventually, and then I'll still be able to use the Firewire solution for backups.