I am looking to replace my rather clumsy JBOD setup in my desktop (5 drives of various sizes, all of which are 5+ years old) with something that has more space, easier to manage, and is more resistant to failure. I've been thinking about this for a while now and figured I would get 4 new hard drives and set them up in a RAID 0+1/1+0, however after doing some research and brainstorming with some friends I decided to look for alternative solutions. I'm not discounting the RAID 01/10 solution, I just want to know what other options there are out there. I will not have my main drive be on the RAID (or alternative solution) as I have an SSD I plan on using for that, so all of this is for data storage.
My primary requirements:
- Desktop will be running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
- Desktop must see only two logical drives within Windows Explorer, the main drive where Windows, programs, games, etc. will live, and the "data" drive.
- Data drive must have a minimum of two drives and be able to expand if needed.
- Data drive must have some form of data redundancy. This can be accomplished with RAID 1, scheduled backups to a separate NAS, or any other means.
- No "cloud" storage solution. I want control over where my data lives and how it's managed.
A RAID 0 would solve #2, but I don't like that idea because if one drive fails, the entire system could lose all of the data (backups would solve that problem but it's a painful solution)
Regarding #4, I like the idea of an external (and possibly off-site) NAS storage for backups, so the data drive in the Desktop does not have to have redundancy itself, though it is desirable.
Thanks in advance for your ideas!