I have a Dune Base 3.0 media player with an internal 2TB HDD (Samsung Spinpoint F4) and I love it.
The only problem is I'm running out of space fast! I would like about 8TB of storage space.
I would love a NAS but they are simply out of my budget range at this time (except maybe the Synology DS411J).
So I've been focusing more on RAID enclosures but it's driving me crazy.
One major limitation of the Dune appears to be that its eSata port does not have a port multiplier.
But here's my question: would it work with an enclosure that sports an integrated
port multiplier located within the enclosure itself?
Specifically, I am looking at Addonics
For example, their RTM435R5
model (one-page PDF "user guide" here
) would provide me with 4 bays, RAID, USB and "port multiplied" eSata... all for $199!
Why does this look bloody cheap to me? Has anybody used Addonics products before?
Can I believe their statement that thanks to their integrated eSata port multiplier you can connect their products to "any" eSata port?
Then why aren't other manufacturers providing this solution?
One more question that I can't seem to get a definite answer on:
Let us say that I make a concatenated, non-RAID array.
This setup is usually called "BIG" or "SPAN" but some manufacturers confusingly call it "JBOD" but the drives are reported as ONE volume.
What happens if one disk in the array fails?
Will I lose ALL my data or only that located on the failed drive?