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Drive bender support of esata enclosure

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I have just bought a Startech 4 bay eSata/USB external enclosure for backup. I want to install 2 x 1Tb drives and configure as raid 1 but realise I can only do this through software raid in XP pro. Can anyone confirm if Drivebender will support a pool of two drives on an external eSata enclosure if I buy an eSata card that supports port multiplier 

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Hi Guys,

Can anyone answer this query. I simply need to know if Drive Bender will manage only external drives in a Port Multiplier based eSata enclosure. This enclosure is for backup purposes and after a recent single drive failure I wanted two mirrored discs.

The enclosure does not have raid capabilities and I am cautious about setting up Raid 1 in the operating system (XP Pro!!! Yes I know but the application it runs needs Netbui).

Having used Drive Bender on my Home Server I thought of using this on this other system to provide redundancy

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Quote from the DB website:

 

Drive Bender presents multiple hard drives as a single pool of data storage, either as one or more drive letters, or a network shared drive. Drive Bender is able to do this with any drive recognized by Windows, including external drive such as USB, Firewire etc.

 

Connection through port multiplier means that windows will see drives in the enclosure as individual drives so I can't think of a reason why Drive Bender wouldn't be able to create a pool using those drives (but I don't have an external enclosure so I can't confirm it).

 

If you're unsure email drive bender support and ask.

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I have just bought a Startech 4 bay eSata/USB external enclosure for backup.

 

Works fine, but just make sure your ESATA card is stable. I had a RocketRAID 622 (Marvell Chipset) card in JBOD mode and it was dropping my array from time to time, I switched to a Silicon Image based ESATA card (non-RAID, Syba SD-SA2PEX-2E) and now things are perfect. I have a Sans Digital 5-bay array which has a Silicon Image port multiplier.

 

In short, match your ESATA card's chipset to your array's chipset and then things should go smoothly.

 

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Sorry I am late to this, but I use a raid expander card with a LSI card to extend my pools to 48 physical drive bays (still have 18 bays free though). DB handles this fine. So depending on your scenario, that may be a better way to go.

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