Can I raid the LacCie thunderbolt drive but also have it for time machine backups too? Perhap by reformatting it to a lower raid size?

LaCie 8TB 2big Thunderbolt Series RAID Hard Drive

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    I'm not sure what you mean "lower raid size", and I'm still awaiting delivery of mine in the next few days, so I'll let you know if this turns out not to be the case with this particular drive, but in general, you can use a RAID array for Time Machine backups. I have been doing that for about a year, but one of my old drives packed in, hence the need for this. Reading between the lines, it sounds like you're thinking of setting up a particular type of RAID array as a working drive, whilst using a separate partition for Time Machine backups - basically eating your cake and still having it. If that's even possible, it wouldn't be a good idea - Time Machine likes a disk (or array) to itself. Sorry if I didn't catch your drift.

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