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Old 01-11-2008, 04:01 PM   #1
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Advice: RAID or software data storage?


Hey, my 300GB drive just went belly up and though I have the important stuff archived on DVDs, I'm going to lose a lot of data.

It's about time to have a better solution. So, I was thinking of buying 2 250GB SATA drives and doing some type of RAID type of thing? I haven't done a lot of research in this area. I hear of "software RAID" sometimes and have seen statements about the problems with those supposed RAID SATA controllers.

So, I'm looking for opinions on a good solution as a home desktop user (not an expensive professional solution). My systems are typically Ubuntu and the only important stuff is always on it's own partition /home... so basically I'm trying to find a way to have a backup of /home at all times without thinking about it.
 
Old 01-11-2008, 04:36 PM   #2
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I suggest external units for either IEEE-1394 or eSATA. Also I suggest looking for internet data storing services. I use Streamload which is now known as MediaMax. Its reliability is OK.
 
Old 01-11-2008, 04:46 PM   #3
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I suggest external units for either IEEE-1394 or eSATA. Also I suggest looking for internet data storing services. I use Streamload which is now known as MediaMax. Its reliability is OK.

I agree with this guy. What you want is some sort of external backup solution and a scripted cron job to do the work.

Definately not raid. raid is primarily only helpfull if your intention was to work thru a harddrive failure. Not as a backup solution.
 
Old 01-11-2008, 05:08 PM   #4
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Yeah, when I started thinking more about it RAID did seem unnecessary. I think it just sounded cool. Plus, buying 2 hard drives is cheaper than one hard drive and another with an external enclosure. But that would work best. Thanks for the replies.
 
Old 01-11-2008, 06:18 PM   #5
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Assuming you are not in a big hurry to backup the data I would not eliminate usb drives (yes they do transfer much slower). Cron the job to got off at 2am (adjust for your schedule). If you are not sitting there it really does not matter how long it takes. You might want to think about using multiple external drives; say one for daily backups and one for monthly(?). If something goes wrong (hacked, etc) and you do not catch it right away an older backup can be invaluable.
 
  


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