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USB 3.0 RAID 1 hard drive options for new iMac?

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Dec 13, 2012 1:48 AM

USB 3.0 RAID 1 hard drive options for new iMac?

 

Just sold my aging tower (that had 4 internal hard drives) and bought brand new slim iMac.

 

Now, as you know, new iMac has 2 Thunderbolt ports and 4 USB 3.0 ports.

 

What I need to do is have all my Apple Lossless imported iTunes music (340GB in total, already backed up on an old external Firewire drive) safely stored on an external drive, preferably RAID 1 (mirrored) for total safety and piece of mind.

 

In the past I've had WD My Book Studio 2 external hard drives, these enclosures have two 1TV drives in them and are set up as RAID 1 mirror. But, they are slow as ****.

 

G-Tec, have proved totally unrelieable for me, so I would never touch them again. Also, two buddies of mine had nothign but trouble with them also.

 

So, as I con't find a reliable, and silent RAID 1 hot-swappable external drive - at least one that intelegiently goes to sleep, when I sleep my Mac, I'm thinking of another option.

 

I'm thinking of buying two seperate 1TB external USB 3.0 (as 3.0 is faster than FireWire anyway), but I'd have to find a drive that has 2 x USB 3.0 sockets on it, so I can buy two and daisy-chain them both together.

 

But, question is, can I (using Disc Utility) stripe these two seperate daisy-chained drives together to form a RAID 1 mirror configuration so each time I import a CD into iTunes, it backs it up onto the other automatically?

 

Also, any recommendations on either 500GB or 1TB (my library is only 340GB, so 500GB would be fine) hard drive that has two USB 3.0 sockets so I can do this, or any other r ecommendations for safely having my iTunes library stored, and be played from, external RAID 1 drive system.

 

Finally, it is important that the drives intelegiently go to sleep when I sleep my Mac, something G-Safe and CalDigit don't do.

 

Thanks all.

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