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| p.1 #1 · Multiple Bay Hard Drive Enclosure |
I've got several back up hard drives for my images. I had one two drive enclosure from Mac Sales (I work with a Macbook Pro) that has gone belly up. As a result, I'm now looking at a 4 or 5 bay drive enclosure that allows me to swap back up drives in and out.
Most of my drives have been firewire 400 or 800. Looking at the drive enclosures now (looking at an Icy Dock and Mediasonic) offer an eSata OR USB 2.0 connection, not firewire. I do use these drives only for back up. Two copies, an A-1 and A-2 Drive. I only keep working files on my laptop (those are backed up to a production back up drive). Will the USB 2.0 be adequate speed? Not sure there is way to connect the single eSata connection to my MBP for all drives to mount (I will be copying from the A-1 to A-2 drive within the same enclosure).
I'd be interested in knowing what others are doing. I don't think that a NAS is a good solution as I assume the transfer speeds would be slower than the USB 2. If not, please let me know.