Solved RAID 5 External storage question Tags: NAS / RAID External Storage Enclosure Storage Last response: September 29, 2011 3:19 AM in Storage Share coolnessinc September 29, 2011 1:26:55 AM Hey everyone, Please excuse my question as it may seem silly, but I am a total noob with RAID. SCENARIO! I just ordered a 4 drive eSATA enclosure that supports RAID 5. I have a 2TB drive in my pc currently that houses all of my data. My question is: With 4 2TB drives (8TB, 6TB usable) in the enclosure, can I use this enclosure just like an external hard drive? As in, drag and drop my data from the 5th (master) drive in my PC to the enclosure? I hope this is correct because all of my data would be backed up AND protected from drive failures. If this is incorrect, could someone explain how i could accomplish this? Thanks! More about : raid external storage question Best solution HugoStiglitz a b G Storage September 29, 2011 1:50:33 AM Yes it will work like any other USB / Esata HDD the raid 5 is controlled by the enclosure and windows is non the wiser that its even going on. Best practise is keep it on ur actual computer and on the external setup. make sure ur backup's complete regulary (daily at least) Share coolnessinc September 29, 2011 3:19:43 AM Best answer selected by coolnessinc. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer coolnessinc September 29, 2011 3:19:47 AM That is totally awesome and the answer i was looking for! Thank you very much!! m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources 5 x 320GB SATA HD's - What Type of RAID for external storage? Forum Intel Matrix Storage System Raid 0 and 5 question. Forum SolvedExternal Storage Enclosures (RAID) Forum SolvedExternal Storage Solution - NAS, Networked RAID drive, or just and external encl Forum SolvedRaid 5 Storage for Plex media Streaming Forum SolvedRAID 5 Storage Forum Solved12-18 TB storage Raid 5. Is it possible? Forum SolvedIntel Rapid Storage Technology question on ssd RAID 0 Forum SolvedRaid 5 storage for Dell Forum Solvedexternal storage options and questions Forum SSD + 2TB Storage + RAID5 on 4x 1TB Forum Building custom raid 5 storage system for home lab. Help needed Forum SolvedRaid question when connecting storage drive Forum SolvedDouble RAID 5 Storage Capacity? Forum I need to take change one storage drive to 3 and install RAID 5 without having to touch my OS drive (it is a 2nd drive running Forum SolvedIntel Storage RAID5. What does "Initialize" do? Forum SolvedSSD + RAID1 Storage Question Forum Best raid external network storage for mac Forum SolvedRaid 5/Intel Matrix Storage Manager problem Forum SolvedRaid 1 vs raid 5 for images storage Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !