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RAID-1 Mirror in Hardware vs Software

Last updated February 26, 2011 - Send Feedback

For software mirroring, Apple’s Disk Utility has support built-in.

Hardware RAID-1 mirroring is simple with an external dual-drive enclosure that supports it: set the switch to mirror mode, and it’s ready to go.

Dual-drive hardware RAID-1 is the simplest option because the enclosure itself takes care of the RAID issues, presenting itself to the system as if it were a single drive. Initialize it just as you would any single drive.

Shown below is one dual-drive RAID-1 capable unit, the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual (it can also be sued for RAID-0 striping or indepedent drives).

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual

See OWC Dual-drive Enclosures Overview for more ideas of what is available.

Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual Mini
Stacked OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual Mini units for RAID-1 or RAID-0


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