Redundant Array of Independent Disks, a scheme to utilize multiple hard drives to increase speed and reliability or to provide for data recovery in the event of hard drive failure

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RAID 0 erases when you disconnect

I've decide to buy a USB 3.0 RAID (CADA-U3A2 Series). I've configured it and seems to work fine. But when I disconnect the power it loses all its data, and my Mac ask me to format the drive again. ...
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Setting Up Raid iMac

I have one lacie 2big thunderbolt 4th unit setup as raid 1. I want to add a lacie 2big thunderbolt 4th unit. How do I get it set up so the entire unit 1 is mirrored onto unit 2(Raid1)?
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Running OS off RAIDed drive?

I recently asked about bottlenecks in the Mac architecture (The Mac Pro 12 core 2010 model) to try to create a set up that optimizes performance. It was my intention to take 2 SSDs and RAID them on ...
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Is RAID1 volume usable while rebuilding RAID after disk failure?

One disk of my 2-disk-RAID1-stack has failed and I'm about to replace it. Is the volume usable—i.e. can I read & write just as I normally could—while Disk Utility is rebuilding the RAID?
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Restore RAID Mirror?

I had a 3TB mirror using Apple software RAID on Mavericks—the two disks are in a USB3 JBOD and the USB3 card in my Mac Pro only works with Mavericks or older. Last night I demoted one of the disks so ...
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RAID + FileVault and startup partition

From this answer: Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume? I learnt that it is possible to have RAID and FileVault together. However it seem that the solution is for a separate data volume not ...
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Xserver Early 2009 Raid Card

I have an Xserve 2009 with Yosemite installed. The 3 hdd are configured as RAID5. It was working fine until this morning. Upon reboot I see the folder with the question mark. I put a macbook pro in ...
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Raid 1 question

I am very new to Apple, took delivery of a iMac Retina 5k yesterday. I have two 6 TB drives configured in RAID 1. I am using Time Machine to back up my files to these drives. My question is: Can I ...
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How to solve the issue of software RAID inconsistency if a Mac has multi-boot or if only one drive is plugged in?

Let's say if we buy 2 external hard drives, be it Western Digital or Seagate, or any other brand's external hard drives, and set up on a Mac Mini as software RAID 1 (mirror), what if we actually have ...
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Does OS X's Disk Utility create hardware RAID or software RAID?

I created a mirrored RAID (RAID 1) using 2 Western Digital 2TB external hard drives before, using Disk Utility on a Mac. For this, it should be software RAID. And then I got a WD Thunderbolt Duo ...
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Best way to expand JBOD with RAID?

I currently have a Hornettek Enterprise Quad bay USB3 JBOD hooked up to a Mac Pro running Mavericks. It has two 3TB disks which are mirrored (RAID 1 using Disk Utility) and contain a mixture of ...
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Can I Mount a Hard Drive in Mac Pro Tower as Read Only?

I'm trying to recover data from a failed external Fantom RAID Drive enclosure by plugging the drives into a Mac Pro tower, but I'm concerned that OS X might write to the disks and jeopardize the RAID ...
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Mac Solution for Software RAID 6

Disk Utility apparently only supports RAID 1 and RAID 0. Is there a way to do software RAID 6 on a Mac? A Mac GUI is preferred but I can use any UNIX program.
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Encryption and Partitioned RAIDs

I use a Thunderbolt Duo configured as a mirror RAID 1. I understand that it is incompatible with FileVault. Is there another encryption system I can use on my MacBook Pro?
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Expanding Flash Storage with SDXC

I see on a Macbook Pro, you can expand your current storage space with SDHC or SDXC. Being a Linux user I know you can use RAID to expand storage with 2 disk, so storage looks like 1 HD. However, most ...
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Cannot boot Mac Mini with striped RAID 0 set

Today we could not get one of our machines running with 10.9 and RAID 0 which stripes the data on the boot volume. After several hours of doing the 'standard' tasks like fixing permissions etc, we've ...
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Why does disk utility want to erase my RAID 1 set?

I have 2 disks, the first a 2 TB and the second a 5 TB the 2 TB is split into 2 partitions and the 5 TB into 3 partitions with one 2TB RAID0 set, one 1TB RAID1 set and one single 3TB partition. I now ...
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Simple Low-Cost Network Backup System - Drobo? Alternatives?

I'm hoping to graduate from manually copying important files to multiple external desk or portable drives; affordably. We have 3 Macs and an iPad or two. I have just now learned about Drobo, who as I ...
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Continuous volume shows too much available space

I have a continuous volume of two identical SSD drives. 2 terabytes, 1.92 terabytes in practice. I plugged it in via USB today and finder and disk utility show that all the space is available. ...
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Apple Time Machine, Drobo and studio computer [closed]

I bought an Apple Time Machine. I have a home studio with several hard drives. I'm trying to find the best way to setup Time Machine to keep all my storage backed up all the time. Studio Computer ...
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Pros and cons to JBOD setup on MacBook Pro with two internal SSDs

I've got an original Apple-installed 120GB 3G (3Gb/s) SSD which I'll be moving into the optical bay using an OWC "Data Doubler" and swapping a new 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G (6Gb/s) SSD into the ...
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Backing up a RAID experiencing I/O issues

I recently began working for a company that has an OS X Server with a PROMISE Pegasus Thunderbolt RAID (RAID 5) attached as a file server. Within my first couple of days, it became apparent that users ...
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VMware ESXi compatible RAID card for the Mac Pro

I have a 2009 Mac Pro that I'd like to add a hardware RAID card to. I am running VMware ESXi with various OSes running as VMs. The Apple RAID card is not what I'm looking for. I would also like to ...
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Why does RAID 1 “Mirroring not provide performance improvements”?

I have always used Software RAIDs, either Apple-provided, or via SoftRAID, etc. I am about to re-zhuzh my arrays and decided to do a little research beforehand… and On Apple's site, there is a ...
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Something like MHDDFS for OS X?

I'm trying to have my Mac Mini take over all my server's functions (I'm recycling the server hardware into a Linux workstation). Its pretty much all done, except for the file-serving portions. ...
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How can I reconfigure the RAID settings on a Maxtor OneTouch III?

I have a 1TB Maxtor OneTouch III. This is the drive that comes with two 500GB disks and software to configure RAID 0 (mirroring) with 500GB of storage, or full use of both disks for 1TB of storage. ...
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How Do I Partition A Raid 0 Using Disk Utility?

I have just purchased a WD My Passport Pro. It comes in a striped RAID 0 configuration comprising of two 2TB drives. I want to partition the drive into 3: Photoshop Cache Lightroom Catalogue Video ...
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Are there any Hardware RAID Cards with Batteries that will work in a MacPro3,1?

I'm looking to install Proxmox on my MacPro3,1 and it's suggested that if you plan to use the system for 5 years that you install a Hardware RAID card with a battery in it, so that if the power goes ...
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Restore a lost partition from degraded software mirror RAID

I used to store my valuable files on Apple software RAID (mirror). Recently one disk has failed and the mirror became degraded. I rebuilt the mirror using new drive, following this guide, but seems ...
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Combining two RAIDs

I have an OSX machine which houses 2 RAIDs made of 6 disks. The 2 RAIDs contain 6TB of data; they were set up with Disk Utility: A 'safe' 4TB RAID-1 (mirror) made of 2 x 4TB disks, 3.68TB used A ...
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Is it possible to restore a backup from a single disk on RAID1?

I want to setup a Mac Mini Server with the following configuration. The Mac Mini server has 2*1TB HDDs. I want to do the following: Setup the server Create a backup of the system on an external ...
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Need solution for RAID from old Mac

I have an old Hackintosh which I no longer use, except as a server to access 2 RAIDs made of 6 disks. The machine is too big, uses too much power, makes too much noise, and generates too much heat to ...
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Replace a failed disk in a Disk Utility RAID 1

I have LaCie 2big thunderbolt 2-disk device configured as a RAID1 from Disk Utility. One of the drives appears as "failed", so I unmounted the raid, replaced the drive and plugged it all back in. Now ...
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Getting rid of “The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer” message at startup

I have a couple of disks in Windows software mirroring RAID in my system, and when OS X (Mountain Lion) loads, the same message pops up (twice) each time: The disk you inserted was not readable by ...
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Will the Mac Mini late-2012 try to reformat dual PC raid discs when I plug them in?

I have a new Mac Mini late 2012 model replacing a PC with dual 2 TB hard drives set up in Raid format mirrored and auto save. I want to put them into a caddy, a Startech 4-bay SATA version with a ...
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How can I mirror two macbooks [duplicate]

I have two macbooks. I want them to be exact copies. They have different CPUs, RAM, but they have the exact same drives. I work on both of them. I never work on them simultaneously. Can I setup ...
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Manually force sync on AppleRAID 1

I'd like to force a sync or repair on my AppleRAID set as part of a regular maintence. Under Linux (md) I can do this by writing to control devices. Diskutil does not seem to offer me such an option.
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Promise pegasus 4x2TB Disk upgrade [closed]

I have a promise Pegasus with 4x2TB Hitachi disks, would it work with any (or some specific 4x4TB disks?
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Raid 0 - Why am I constantly losing data?

I have a Mediasonic 4 bay drive enclosure like this with four 3TB Toshiba HDD's attached to my hackintosh machine. The drives are in a RAID 0 configuration setup with Disk Utility. I've had this ...
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RAID 0 On 21.5" iMac Late-2012

I am about to get my fusion drive upgraded to a 256gb SSD on my Late-2012 21.5" iMac that I got from work (don't worry I have a company upgrading it, and yes they know its a Late-2012 iMac). When ...
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Raid two external hard-drives with read/write support on Windows & OS X

I have a USB 3 HDD enclosure that currently has two 1TB drives in it. I am looking at buying another external USB 3 HDD drive (not an enclosure). I am currently running the external enclosure with the ...
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How does Time Machine make room for new users?

This is more of a hypothetical question, but we've been using a Time Capsule to back up our Macs, and it has steadily been filling up since the year or so that we've had it. We've since brought a few ...
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Can one slice of a “Disk Utility” RAID mirror be moved to a new computer?

With a 2-disk RAID mirror created in Disk Utility, after one disk fails, can the remaining good disk be moved to a different Mac and used successfully?
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Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume?

At work, I said to my colleague that it was not possible to enable Filevault on a RAID volume. He was surprised and asked me the technical reason. So I would like to know. It's strange because ...
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RAID 0 and 1 combo?

If I understand correctly, RAID 1 is two drive that mirror each other, and if one fails, it can be replaced and some hours later, it's a mirror of the good drive. Raid 0 combines 2 drives in a way ...
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Repurpose 2006 Mac Mini for Time Machine with external HDD

I have a Apple Mac mini "Core Duo" 1.66 from 2006 sitting around. I also have on order a CiT 3.5 inch USB 2.0 Dual SATA HDD Enclosure and was thinking of getting a WD Green 4TB Desktop Internal SATA ...
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How to use iostat with AppleRAID volume?

When I try iostat disk5, I get the error: iostat: could not record 'disk5' for monitoring Iostat works with my other drives, and with the individual disks which make up the RAID volume. How can ...
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Recoverability with HFS Plus following removal of a disk from RAID 0 hardware or software

A theoretical question (I do not have spare hardware to test for this). Scenarios If RAID 0 is used (no redundancy of data) with HFS Plus, and if a disk within the array is disconnected for a while ...
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Can I enlarge a RAID10 with Disk Utility?

I have a 4TB RAID10 (4x2TB disks) created with Disk Utility. I also have 4x4TB spare disks. Can I enlarge the RAID10 to 8TB (4x4TB)? This post suggests that I can break each mirrored set, and ...
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Can I run two non-thunderbolt displays from a thunderbolt RAID device?

It seems like this question has been asked a million times, but after a few hours of reading similar questions, I have not been able to find a clear answer. I have a mid-2012 Macbook Air running OS X ...