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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:36 am 
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I have been allowed by the boss to purchase a new iMac Pro to replace my mid-2010 MacPro.

I deal with significant amounts of data as part of my PhD research meaning that I need a large amount of storage space. The iMac has 2TB of SSD but I wanted to have access to my HD/SSD drives from the old MacPro so was thinking an enclosure on USB-C would be an option. Am also thinking about backup options too.

If that makes sense, any recommendations of an enclosure please?

Many thanks.

Simon.


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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:46 am 
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If you regularly deal with large amounts of data, how about a NAS (Network attached Storage)?
In that instance, I would recommend Synology.

I've just got one of these which is performing well enough for streaming 1080p video, but it is USB 3, I expect something like this would help. (Amazon links). It does RAID 1, 0 or JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks), so you can fling in the drives and they show up as separate drives on the Mac, pretty handy.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:38 pm 
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jcturner wrote:
If you regularly deal with large amounts of data, how about a NAS (Network attached Storage)?
In that instance, I would recommend Synology.

I've just got one of these which is performing well enough for streaming 1080p video, but it is USB 3, I expect something like this would help. (Amazon links). It does RAID 1, 0 or JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks), so you can fling in the drives and they show up as separate drives on the Mac, pretty handy.


Thank you James. I'd be looking for a JBOD setup and am interested in the NAS option as it would appear to also allow me access across the internet to my own storage - like the cloud. Is that right?

Have looked at the Synology DS218J albeit I would need to get a cradle of some form for the 2.5" SSDs.

Thank you.


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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:49 pm 
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You can access most NAS from the internet. Sometimes you need port forwarding on the router, depending on what services you open, like cloud, FTP, web and so on.

I have a QNAP NAS with four HDDs set as RAID5 for that little extra feeling of security (and yes, I know it isn't necessarily safe). I did have a drive start to fail but it is all hot-swap and had it rectified pdq. I'd not like to say whether QNAP. Synology, Netgear, WD or whoever makes the best as they all have a certain something. There are group tests about, sometimes in the likes of MacFormat and Macworld magazines. I'm sure you could search something of interest. Oh yeah, I have DDNS from QNAP as well (I don't know what other manufacturers provide), which may not be of interest. I also have a Mac mini with Server but I've never really expanded it's potential beyond Plex, but that might be worth being aware of, as you know the OS.


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