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  # 1526664 6-Apr-2016 07:18
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One important aspect of any RAID solution is knowing exactly how to rebuild or recover data. If a drive or machine dies you'll need to know the exact steps required to resolve the issue or you'll simply end up losing your data.

 

Many people magically think RAID will eliminate the hazard that is data loss - but it's really just minimising that risk.

 

The same rule really applies for any backup or data replication process. It's no good if you can't restore the data.

 

 




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  # 1526732 6-Apr-2016 09:40
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Ragnor:

 

A modern 3TB is about $160 and will be a decent amount faster (due to platter size) than your current 10 year old 500GB and way better $ per GB than buying a new 500GB for around $80.

 

I don't think raiding your current 500GB and a new one is worthwhile in this case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I rather get the new drives like a complete set when I am doing a new system upgrade.  :)

 

 

 

My options:

 

#1 Use Windows do a software Striped or Span my 2x 500GB together.  I still have a external 1TB but no internal backup.

 

#2 Do the above so I have my 2x 500GB also buy a 2 or 3TB and use that external.  Swap the external 1TB so it's a internal backup. 

 

 

 

2TB is about $120 so it's the same $/GB to the 3TB.  It took me 8yrs to use 400GB so another 500GB last me a few years till I upgrade my system?


 
 
 
 




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  # 1526735 6-Apr-2016 09:45
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sbiddle:

 

One important aspect of any RAID solution is knowing exactly how to rebuild or recover data. If a drive or machine dies you'll need to know the exact steps required to resolve the issue or you'll simply end up losing your data.

 

Many people magically think RAID will eliminate the hazard that is data loss - but it's really just minimising that risk.

 

The same rule really applies for any backup or data replication process. It's no good if you can't restore the data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, the reason I didn't use RAID when I got this system was b/c if I deleted a file myself accidentally the RAID replicates it etc.  It just minimises downtime.  I myself could just wait for a 24hr courier or head down to Wellington PB Tech on the day and pick a new HD and reload the backup.  For my personal use I don't need every day access to my PC, if I needed some access I could just use my laptop. 


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  # 1528558 8-Apr-2016 16:11
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500GB? This post does say April 2016 right?

 

 

 

I would not recomended striping those drives, althoguh it seems you have backups, striping effectively doubles your failure chance, as if either drive dies, there goes your data. This made worse by have not having very reliable drives to start with.

 

 

 

Best bet would be to go buy an single 4TB HDD and maybe a second to back up onto.








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  # 1528581 8-Apr-2016 16:46
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Yes, 2016 and I have a Nikon D600 also for the last 2 or 3yrs. 

 

 

 

I just don't shoot that much.  Overseas with a dSLR I shoot maybe 24 frames a day, I am more a tripod photographer picking out the golden hour, get there 45min before sunset etc, very planned.  From the 500GB about 300GB is photographs.  The other 50-100GB are Windows System Images of diff dates.  So an extra 500GB would last me a good while. 

 

 

 

Yes 3TB is the bang for buck.  Could pick one up use as external.  Span the 2 internal 500GBs = 1TB.  Use my current 1TB external into internal as the internal backup.  The new 3TB can be external. 

 

 

 

 


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