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Hard Drive Backups And Raid


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#1 benny269

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 06:11 PM

Hi

I'm new to putting together my own PC (this being my first attempt) so please bear in mind that while I'm up for persevering to setup a RAID array if necessary, I probably don't want to get into complex configurations.

So soon to build a new PC, I'm trying to figure out how to organise my data on it. I will have plenty of drive bays and SATA connectors (so I'm looking for SATA drives only) with all the RAID configurations supported and I want a minimum of 300GB total storage space - around 500GB is preferred. What I can't decide is whether I should buy multiple smaller drives in some RAID array or partition larger drives and divide up information in that way or maybe both.

I honestly don't know if RAID is worth the setup hassle from a newbie perspective but what I am sure of is that I want to separate my data. I intend to have 2 OSs (WinXP and Linux) each in their own partitions where all programs and utilities would be installed/kept. Also I would like to have a bit more insurance over my personal files by either keeping them on a separate drive entirely, setting up a RAID backup or having an external copy. I think I would most prefer a solution where I can automate the backup options i.e. some software backups for me regularly or I'm auto-saving files in a separate location but I'm not sure what's best.

Based on reviews and specs I currently like the Samsung SpinPoint T166 HD501LJ and I don't want to spend 100s on paranoia-fuelled storage backups. I just want a safe and efficient system of organising my data.

Please can anyone help me with some advice. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 05:47 PM

Any help guys? (or girls?)

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 06:13 AM

I don't think that RAID is worth the hassle myself - but that's a personal decision rather than a technical one.

As for organizing it, I keep my OS and programs on one hard drive and send all of my data to another hard drive which I can organize however I feel is best.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 08:29 AM

That's one of the options I'm considering usasma. Do you use any other methods of safekeeping data (ie backups also) or do you only separate it over 2 HDDS?

With the price of large HDDs at the moment (particularly the Samsung Spinpoint 500Gb), would you say its better to buy 2 separate smaller HDDs or to partition 1 larger HDD?

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 10:39 AM

Never put all your eggs in one basket, even tho I prefer Seagate and their 5 year warranty, several people have had drives fail or crash in the first year. There are many benefits from having 2 hard drives in a computer, any transfers go a lot faster than from partition to partition on the same drive. In addition to keeping more than one copy of critical, hard to replace data,
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Posted 07 September 2007 - 06:04 AM

For my own data, I also backup the entire hard drive using an imaging utility (Acronis True Image) on a sporadic basis.

For my wife's office, we backup the data (daily) to:
- a different drive on the same computer using SyncBackSE
- a different computer in the office using SyncBackSE
- to my house using pcAnywhere
- and am considering using an online service also

I was considering trying RAID 1 on the main system there, but even if I preserve it on the array I'll still have to go out there to do the swap myself (no one there knows a lot about computer hardware).
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