So I have 3x 500GB hard drives (all nearly halfway full) that I would like to put them all into one external hard drive bay enclosure. Within the hard drive bay enclosure, I would like to access my hard drives via eSata and with each hard drive showing up as a drive (F, G, H etc.) in Windows.
I have read a little about RAID (still don't really understand) and I do not think that is what I would like to have since I don't want the redundant storage and risk having the entire array fail with one hard drive failing. It also seems like I would have to wipe all data on the drive before I array as RAID. Also, if I have 1.5GB of total space, i would like to have 1.5GB of potential data.
I think what I would want is an external hard drive bay enclosure with JBOD configuration, where I think each disk will read separately in Windows.
Lastly, I have a separate question but still related to the topic,. I have a Gigabyte MA790GPT-UD3H motherboard. A few of the enclosure required that my motherboard support port replicators. Does my motherboard meet that requirement?