I would like to attach a sata enclosure for RAID 5 with 5-6 drives (6TB each) that can connect at 6.0 GB speed to my workstation. I don't want to use USB 3.0. I understand I may need to buy a card that will control the RAID.

I have seen 8 drive boxes that appear as two sets of drives to the server. Are there any enclosures that will treat all 5 drives as a single RAID 5 setup?

I would prefer to get a machine that communicates via eSata 6.0 GB. I don't mind controlling the raid via a card installed on my computer. I don't mind RAID 5 (I would keep a spare in my desk). I would spend up to $700 on the enclosure. thanks

  • If you don't want to use USB, that pretty much limits you to Thunderbolt, eSATA, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, SFF-8088, and maybe one or two others. Could you narrow things down a bit, by deciding if you want the RAID functionality to be handled by the enclosure or by the controlling computer, by giving a price range, and by deciding if you really want RAID 5 rather than RAID 6 (modern drives are large enough that there's a real risk of a second drive failing before the array finishes recovering from the failure of the first)?
    – Mark
    Commented May 24, 2017 at 21:58


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.