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 Share 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) coolnessinc September 29, 2011 3:19:43 AM Best answer selected by coolnessinc. 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!! Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : Forum5 x 320GB SATA HD's - What Type of RAID for external storage ? ForumExternal Storage Solution - NAS, Networked RAID drive, or just and external encl ForumRaid or external storage ForumBest raid external network storage for mac ForumWindows 8 Raid 0 on 2 ssd's with an internal sata hdd for storage ForumExternal Storage Enclosures ( RAID ) Forum12--16 TB Storage Server - Questions on RAID , hardware, OS Forum12--16 TB Storage Server - Questions on RAID , hardware, OS ForumNon- raid storage hdds fail with raid 0 bios OS. ForumSSD boot drive & RAID -0 Storage setup ForumDAS for RAID 1 storage ForumUpgrading my storage . Best method? Internal External ? ForumQuestion Re: Raid 5 expansion (or going in a different direction) ForumBest HDDs for storage in Raid 0 or 10 ? ForumMy computer is saying that there is a hard disk failure Forum[Solved] Intel Storage RAID5. What does "Initialize" do? ForumGame installed on SSD, can I get combat logs to write on storage drive ForumCan't reconnect external WD hard drive ForumGoing RAID configuration. Double checking before ordering drives. ForumStuck in RAID 0 More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !