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.