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Windows 7: Advice please on using a Startek USB drive enclosure

02 Oct 2017   #1
warmbells

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Advice please on using a Startek USB drive enclosure

Hi,
Can anyone advise me if a Startek StarTech.com USB 3.0/eSATA Dual 3.5 inch SATA III Hard Drive External RAID Enclosure Model S3520BU33ER has to be used as a RAID drive or can it be used to house two drives to be used independently? I was given this drive enclosure as a present.

Thanks,
Gerald


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03 Oct 2017   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

As I can see on the site 2-Bay External RAID Enclosure - eSATA, USB 3.0 | HDD Enclosures | StarTech.com
it is build to have 2x 3.5 inch SATA Hard Drive on a RAID Array or JBOD or Spanning.
As it has only one output (USB or eSATA) it will access the two disks as only one. This is MY interpretation. You should ask Startek.
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03 Oct 2017   #3
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks, I'll ask someone at Startek
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03 Oct 2017   #4
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

According to a Startek support advisor, 'The S3520U33ER can be used in JBOD mode, which is the non-RAID mode'.
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03 Oct 2017   #5
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

In JBOD mode you it will access the two disks as only one. Is like RAID 0 with a different name.
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03 Oct 2017   #6
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Copy of the transcript of the chat with Startek:

[03/10/2017, 18:13:00] Sam: Thank you for contacting StarTech.com.
[03/10/2017, 18:13:47] Sam: Hello Gerald. The S3520U33ER can be used in JBOD mode, which is the non-RAID mode.
[03/10/2017, 18:16:50] Gerald Bramwell: So the two drives would show as say E and F?
[03/10/2017, 18:17:40] Sam: Correct.
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03 Oct 2017   #7
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Yes, you're right. Sorry, miss interpret.
Non-RAID drive architectures - Wikipedia
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03 Oct 2017   #8
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Just have to try with a couple of drives and see what happens.
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09 Oct 2017   #9
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Just as a note to what Megahertz is saying. I have a NAS running in JBOD mode. It uses two 2 TB disks, but I see only one big 4 TB disk.

Of course the Startek model may be different, but to my knowledge JBOD means one big disk...
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09 Oct 2017   #10
warmbells

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for the replies,

I have been in touch with the dealer I bought t from and they have given me a returns number for a refund so that I can purchase an enclosure for two separate drives.

Gerald
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