Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 | Author: OWC Lance
No, not the bug spray. The RAID I’m talking about is a hard drive RAID or a Redundant Array of Independent Disks. As crazy as the name sounds, this is essentially a type of storage solution that combines multiple hard drives into a cohesive system that appears to the computer as a single hard drive. Depending on the setup, this can afford increased speed, storage capacity, backup solutions, or a combination of each of these.
There are four RAID configurations seen most often in the wild:
- RAID 0
- RAID 1
- RAID 0+1 or 10
- RAID 5
Each of these are similar in that they work across multiple drives, but each have their own merits that benefit specific applications in the real world. Article Continues…
Other World Computing announced today it has expanded the storage capacity of its high-performance OWC Mercury Elite Pro single bay and dual bay desktop storage solution line to 8.0TB. By utilizing the industry’s only 3.5″ 4.0TB SATA 6Gb/s hard drive, OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro storage solutions deliver 33 percent more storage/back-up capacity per drive over current 3.0TB hard drives With up to a “Quad Interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA connections, the Mercury Elite Pro line offers Plug and Play data transfer speeds up to 300MB/s with Mac and PC computers.
4.0TB Mercury Elite Pro with “Combo Interface” (FireWire 400 and USB 2.0) $429.99
4.0TB Mercury Elite Pro with “Quad Interface” (FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, eSATA) $469.99
8.0TB Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID 0 (4.0TB x 2) with “Quad Interface” (FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, eSATA) $869.99
Performance-Certified Models for All Backup and Storage Needs
The OWC Mercury Elite Pro line of 4.0TB hard drive-based storage solutions are available in three configurations to meet any common to professional A/V production backup and storage need:
The Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID is also available in RAID 1, RAID 0+1, and RAID-ready dual eSATA models up to 6.0TB. All Mercury Elite Pro models include a disk utility software bundle retail valued at more than $100 and all interface connection cables.
Highest Capacity, Lowest Environmental Impact
The new 4.0TB hard drive built into OWC Mercury Elite storage solutions employs a halogen-free design and power-efficient operation — up to a 28 percent idle power savings — to complement OWC’s well-regarded environmental practices. The drive also uses Advanced Format, which increases the sector size from 512 bytes to 4096 (4K) bytes, thereby increasing capacities and improving error correction capabilities.
Backed by the Best Support in the Industry
The best warranty is one a consumer should never have to use, but should the need occur, OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage. All OWC Mercury Elite Pro storage solutions come fully backed by free lifetime US-based 24/7 technical support and a three-year warranty which includes a 48-hour repair turnaround time with up to one year of complimentary Level 1 data recovery.
Other World Computing announced today it has expanded the storage capacity of its high-performance OWC Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 desktop hardware RAID storage line to 16.0TB by utilizing four of the industry’s only 3.5″ 4.0TB SATA 6Gb/s hard drive in the Qx2’s four hot swappable drive bays.
In addition to offering massive storage/backup capacity in a desktop sized footprint, the Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 features a “Quad Interface” of FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA ports and four selectable Hardware RAID settings – 0, 1, 5, 10 – for high speed, highly reliable Plug and Play use with Macs and PCs.
Five Prosumer Models Available
The Mercury Elite Pro Qx2 is available in four Enterprise Class options up to 12.0TB and a 0GB kit (no drives included) option. All Qx2 models include a disk utility software bundle retail valued at more than $100, all interface connection cables, and a three-year warranty. Article Continues…
A couple of months ago, OWC Stephen wrote an article that dealt with RAID units not being a “true” backup for your data. This caused confusion for some people; after all, RAID has built-in redundancy (it’s the first letter, for goodness’ sake!), so data should be completely safe, right?
Well… not really.
RAID will protect you against drive failure; that’s exactly what it’s designed to do. However, there are a lot of other things that can cause data loss. For example, if you knock the average RAID enclosure off your desk, there’s a good chance both drives are going to be damaged. If both drives are damaged, then anything on that unit is gone.
What it comes down to is that an actual “backup” consists of at least two copies of the files you want to keep.
- the original file (usually on your main hard drive)
- a copy of the file (preferably on some sort of external device that can be moved off-site)
Ideally, you’d want three copies – your original and two copies – one on-site and one off-site in case of things like fires, tornadoes or theft. That, however, is an article unto itself, full of “exciting” topics like “backup drive rotation scheduling” and “methodology comparison.” Yeah… about as exciting as that Economics class we all had to take in high school, in that stuffy classroom which, despite being windowless, somehow still admitted the slightly disturbing smells emanating from the cafeteria kitchens just down the hall.
Instead, we’re going to talk about something much more exciting: a cross-country auto race. No, I haven’t watched Cannonball Run one too many times; I’ve got a viable (if somewhat bizarre) analogy going here; just follow along. Article Continues…