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The 5-Bay SATA drive enclosure is up and running with a new 1.5TB hard drive.  The storage pool (aka JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks)) now looks like this:


The setup was very much plug and play except for one small snag.  The eSATA port on the back of my HP Media Smart WHS only supports 4-Bay SATA drive enclosures and not 5-Bays.  So the top bay on this puppy is going to go to waste in the near term.  I decided to keep it because the restocking fee and shipping cost would really offset the savings of buying a new 4-bay.  Also I am impatient and don’t want to wait for that whole return/replace process to play out.


2 Responses

  1. only issue with that setup is that if one drive fails, you'll loose all the data won't you?

  2. Not really. Windows Home Server has duplication. Not quite full blown RAID but similar. You have to enable per folder. We have personal folders, music and pictures in duplication mode so multiple copies exist and multiple drives.

    Also if only one drive fails you only loose what was load balanced onto that drive.

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