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Storage Technology for the Home User

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For anyone looking to get a handle on all of their personal data, there are several products on the market right now aimed at the average home-or-desktop user. This wide range of new products available offer excellent storage density, management and performance — and Linux compatibility. While a good friend always tells me, “technology is meant to be owned” sometimes the bank account doesn’t always support that philosophy. So the products discussed in this article are for a range of prices from $20 to thousands of dollars. But the focus is on products and technologies that can be used in desktops to really boost performance or ease storage management.

RAID Cage (Multidrive Enclosures)

Tower or mid-tower cases are very popular because of the large number of drives you can fit into them. However, to swap out the drives or to work on the drives you usually have to open the case, and perhaps even monkey with the cabling. Wouldn’t it be nice to have something like an enterprise class storage unit with easy opening hot-swap drives that are lockable? You’re in luck because there are a number of units that are described as RAID Cages or Multidrive Enclosures.

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