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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Can I convert a RAID 0 set to a RAID 5 set?

Can I convert a RAID 0 set to a RAID 5 set in a Mac Pro? I currently have two 500GB drives in a RAID 0 set. I want to add a third drive and convert it to a RAID 5 set. Is it possible to do this ...
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With Mac Pro, is software RAID 0 worth it?

Does anyone have any reason to believe RAID 0 is any faster than independent drives on a Mac Pro? I have always run my Mac Pro with all five drives in RAID 0. I recently decided to try out Bootcamp ...
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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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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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Make SCSI Appear as Internal Hard Drive

I have the HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL Raid card running on my Mac and it shows as an external drive. I would like to make it appear as an internal drive. Is this possible? From: To: Here ...
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Can I setup a single Sparsebundle in RAID 1?

My goal is the following: use my iMac as a TimeMachine Server (under OS X Lion Server) to backup my MBP via the network. What I did is to choose, in the TimeMachine Server configuration, the internal ...
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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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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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Which SSD Thunderbolt Product For Main Boot Drive for my iMac?

So I have a 2012 iMac. I got the base model 21.5" which means I have a painfully slow 5400 RPM hard drive. The pure SSD option would have cost $1,300 ($1 more than the $1,299 base price) if I could ...
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Can I install/upgrade from SL to Lion on RAID0?

I have a 2007 Mac Pro with a 3-disk RAID0 bootdrive. I want to do a clean Lion install on the RAID volume but I'm not sure if there are any known issues with doing this. I seem to remember that last ...
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Should I use raid 0 with my optibay drive?

I installed a 120gb SSD today. My optibay currently holds my MBP stock drive (5400 RPM HD 320GB). Since they have different memory sizes, should I put them in raid 0? The only reason why I want raid 0 ...
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Bootcamp won't run on OSX in RAID0

I have my MacPro booting into Lion off a 3 disk (software) RAID 0 array. I want to dedicate a fourth drive to Windows 7 via Bootcamp. However it won't run at all on my system, exiting with a 'RAID is ...
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Any Hard drive Mirroring or Software Raid or Sync tools on the Mac that are free?

I am trying to mirror a hard drive that is 3TB on the PC using SyncToy from Microsoft's PowerToys (as a backup method). But Mac is usually better for indexing and content searching, but is there ...
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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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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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How to convert an exiting partition to RAID on OS X?

I just replaced my optic drive from MacBook Pro with another 500gb HDD and I want to speedup one of the partitions. The first drive has two partitions, named 106 and 107 and I want to convert one of ...
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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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RAID 1 with a Mac - how to avoid formatting one of the drives

I have an iMac with an external 2TB HDD. I recently bought a second 2TB HDD in order to build a RAID 1 (mirrored) with the two drives. The problem is that Disk Utility forces me to create a new RAID ...
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Use two external hard drive docks to retrieve data from RAID 0 disks

Some while ago, I fried the power supply inside of my WD MyBook Pro Edition II, leaving the disks intact but rendering the enclosure itself totally useless. So now I have two 500GB 3.5" SATA drives, ...
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When creating a RAID 1 mirror set, do you need to have both disks available or can one be added later?

I'm planning my transition to Mac OS and I have a pair of mirrored drives I would like to move to my future computer. Since they are currently formatted as NTFS they will need to be reformatted during ...
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RAID 1 with Two LaCie 5Big Thunderbolt

I'm looking at getting a LaCie 5Big Thunderbolt unit for archiving purposes. I would like to get a second one and use Disk Utility to create a Mirrored RAID Set from both of them so that I have a ...
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RAID system with external hardrives

I have a few external ssd hardrives (My Passport, in my case). I would like to integrate them within a system that provides reliability in case of failure, by producing redundant information across ...
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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 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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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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Could two WD Passport Ultra 1TB drives be used in the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini enclosure as RAID 1?

I'm thinking of buying one more WD Passport Ultra 1TB (I have one already) so that in the near future I could disassemble the two Passports and install the 1TB drives into the OWC Mercury Elite Pro ...
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Safely destroying Apple Software RAID 1

If an Apple Software RAID (RAID 1, mirrored) exists and one of its members is failed. It is possible to destroy the RAID and keep the data on the functional disk intact? If so, how is this ...
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Deleted over 4TB on Promise VTrak, still shows as full

This is not a duplicate of Why is my hard drive still full after deleting files? I have of course attempted all methods mentioned there. Via the terminal I can see nothing listed on the drive. I was ...
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On the Mac, what if Disk Utility is used to mirror two hard drives, one is 1.5TB, and the other is 2TB?

If I happen to have two external hard drives, one 1.5TB and then other 2TB, and use Disk Utility to mirror the two drives, will there be any problem? Can it be mirroring just for the 1.5TB portion, ...
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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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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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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 ...
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RAID 1 array degraded, now not being recognized by OSX

I've got a pair of Seagate 3TB HDDs in a mirrored RAID 1 array using a Vantec NexStar MX two-drive enclosure. The setup has generally worked fine for the last four months, but lately I've noticed that ...
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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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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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Can a file be copied to one hard drive in a RAID 1 mirror set (software RAID), and later have the 2 drives sync up?

I think I read that we can set up a RAID 1 mirror set (software RAID) using OS X Mountain Lion using Disk Utilities, and later plug in one drive and copy a file to that drive, and later on, plug both ...
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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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Merge two disks to RAID 0 and keep my installation

I've got two 128Gb SSDs installed in my MacBook Pro. Originally I had one for the system (named Calcium), and one for the /Users folder, symlinked into the first (named Users). As I ran out of space ...
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Apple Software RAID: Add disk to array online

I recently purchased a WD Thunderbolt Duo, which has two 4 TB drive, now running in RAID 0 with Apple Software RAID. My question is simple, if I am to get another Thunderbolt Duo next year, is it ...
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How does it affect the performance if an iMac 1TB internal hard drive is mirrored on an external drive?

I am getting an iMac 27 inch, and it will have a 1 TB internal hard drive, and I know we can set up the Mac so that this hard drive is mirrored on an external 1 TB hard drive using the built in tools ...
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Upgrading to Lion - Questions about disks, RAID and backups

I've gone Lion on my MBP and now, having backed up four year's worth of files am ready to upgrade... A bit of background: I have a 2007 MacPro and have filled all four drive bays with: 2 x Western ...
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Want to duplicate master sector 0 and partition tables on external drive

I have a theater system using a Mac Mini running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. It has two RAID 0 external drives connected that store my movies and TV shows. The system shut down during a storm and ...
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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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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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2 Mac Mini Server in a restored RAID 1 config and question mark folder at boot

We have two identical Mac Mini servers (let's call them A and B) running OS X Lion with two 500 Gb HD. Using a Thunderbolt cable, a RAID 1 matrix was creating using three HDs (2 from A, 1 from B) with ...
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Partitioning RAID 1 on Mac Mini

I have 2x 750GB drives in the Mac Mini. I want to partition it to have 250GB for OS and 500GB for Service Data. I thought I could create the RAID first, then partition it but it does not give me an ...
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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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XServe 10.6.8 with Fusion R800 Raid. Raid shows as fully functional, but Xserve doesn't see partition

I have a Sonnet Fusion R800 RAID array with 8x3TB drives in it. The unit recently had a strange issue with the power supply that has since been addressed. Once the unit was able to power back on, the ...
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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. ...