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Looking for Hot Swappable Hard Drive Enclosure for RAID 1

Hi there,

I'm thinking about getting a 2 bay hard drive enclosure that is hot swappable that I can do a Raid 1 with.

I recently got a OWC Mercury Elite Pro dual bay and the enclosure just died on me after only a few months of use.

I'm looking that this Lacie model: https://www.lacie.com/products/big/2big/#specs

Probably the 2big Dock Thunderbolt™ 3, so I'm just wondering if people have recommendations/experiences they would like to share. Thanks!

Jayme

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Too small a sample to draw conclusions.

Because you have a sample of one that failed doesn't mean it's a bad product. Also you are in the beginning of the famous Bathtub Curve (read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathtub_curve ) you may have an early death and not one due to a bad design.

Since the OWC worked well, I'd get it replaced under warranty and carry on.

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Still looking for suggestions

Haha... well, you might be right. However, it came with 2, 4 TB drives, and I had switched them out to 2, 6 TB drives as the 4 TBs were 2018 and I was putting in drives for 2019. My studiomate does this with no problems. When I called them, they said that they're not made for swapping out, and that it could void the warrantee. Although, they sent me a new one regardless. So I'll just use this as another chunk of storage for other things, and I'll be wanting to get a dedicated enclosure that I can swap drives out of at the end of the year.

Thanks!

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Now that has me thinking

That may be why they failed. RAID software and firmware has to be tested with the sizes and drives to be sure they work flawlessly. But even then there is a concern. Why? CERN put up a study about errors in data on drives and they traced a lot of the issues back to the controllers. So swapping drives may sound as if it should be OK but nope.

I worry this search is on the verge of unicorn hunting since no maker can test with drives that may show up a year later. Which is where I think OWC actually is in the clear here.

https://smile.amazon.com/OWC-Mercury-Elite-Performance-Enclosure/dp/B01NBMCEW7 looks to arrive without drives and tested up to a pair of 12GB drives.

OWC has been a good name for a very long time. Would buy again.

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