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Noam Osband
I have a RAID 5 setup. The enclosure has 4 drives. I'm using all 4. Can I remove one drive and replace with a different internal hard drive?
on Oct 13, 2015 at 12:31:36 am

I'm using an OWC Thunderbay 4. It has room for 4 drives, and I'm using all 4 as a RAID 5 for a big project I'm working on.

I need some drives for other projects, and I want to buy some internal drives and occasionally use them inside the Thunderbay. Can I switch out one drive, replace it with another, then use the Thunderbay as a RAID 0 so I can simply use it for the other work? Or should I buy a separate internal docking station and not disturb the RAID 5?


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Jason Jenkins
Re: I have a RAID 5 setup. The enclosure has 4 drives. I'm using all 4. Can I remove one drive and replace with a different internal hard drive?
on Oct 13, 2015 at 12:54:21 am

Don't mess with the RAID 5 array. Get yourself another external that can take a bare drive; like this: http://www.cru-inc.com/products/rtx/rtx110-3q/

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John Rofrano
Re: I have a RAID 5 setup. The enclosure has 4 drives. I'm using all 4. Can I remove one drive and replace with a different internal hard drive?
on Oct 13, 2015 at 1:16:14 am

A RAID 5 takes an awful long time to format and set up (read: overnight, and sometimes days!). It's not something to be swapping drives out of. I agree with Jason, buy a separate enclosure that you configure as JBOD for swapping drives.

~jr

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Noam Osband
Re: I have a RAID 5 setup. The enclosure has 4 drives. I'm using all 4. Can I remove one drive and replace with a different internal hard drive?
on Oct 13, 2015 at 9:44:07 pm

I'm thinking of getting this guy cause it can do Thunderbolt 2 speeds. Thoughts? http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/985459-REG/highpoint_5212_2_bay_thund...


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Doug Metz
Re: I have a RAID 5 setup. The enclosure has 4 drives. I'm using all 4. Can I remove one drive and replace with a different internal hard drive?
on Oct 19, 2015 at 9:44:16 pm

[Noam Osband] "I'm thinking of getting this guy cause it can do Thunderbolt 2 speeds. Thoughts? http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/985459-REG/highpoint_5212_2_bay_thund.....
"


I have one and use it most every day. Works great.

In our other bay, which has a 2010 MP tower, I use a NewerTech Voyager Q connected to a USB3 card. Also works well.

Doug Metz

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John Rofrano
Re: I have a RAID 5 setup. The enclosure has 4 drives. I'm using all 4. Can I remove one drive and replace with a different internal hard drive?
on Oct 20, 2015 at 1:23:32 pm

[Doug Metz] "In our other bay, which has a 2010 MP tower, I use a NewerTech Voyager Q connected to a USB3 card. Also works well."
+1

I use the NewerTech Voyager Q connected to a USB3 card on my 2010 Mac Pro and it works great for me as well.

~jr

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http://www.vasst.com



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