I have a MacBook with an SSD, so space is limited.
I've been using a single external drive to store my overflow, but would feel a lot more comfortable if it was on a RAID 1. So, I've bought an 2 bay USB 3 drive case, and an additional hard disk (same exact disk). What I want to do is create a RAID without having to the move the data on the external disk to a new temporary home, if at all possible.
Disk 1 - contains files.
Disk 2 - empty.
What I would like to be able to do, is create a new RAID 1, with Disk 2 as the only member. It will therefore show that its in a degraded state.
Copy all my data from Disk 1 onto Disk 2 (which is RAIDed). Reformat Disk 1, add it to the Enclosure, and make it a member of the RAID, and have the OS silently replicate the data from Disk 2 to Disk 1, so that it becomes a mirrored set.
Is this possible?
Or do I need to find a 3rd disk to use as a holding area for all of this?