Originally Posted by mpapet
$160 is pretty cheap considering you claim to be getting the RAID controller on-board.
If backups is the actual issue, go to tape.
If storage that's useful for backup is your actual desire, then drop the dough and be done.
I've considered tape backups, however I have a few IDE hard drives lying around from 80 to 160 GB... I was hoping to get a couple of them into a hardware RAID mirrored setup that would be accessible by any system "just in case". I was aiming at a USB configuration, since only one of my systems has firewire.
Now of course I could set them up to be accessible via network on the one system that has firewire... However I'd prefer it to be "system-agnostic" where I could plug it into any system and do occasional backup.
My issue with paying $160 for a dual hard drive enclosure with a RAID controller is that I can get a hold of a motherboard, RAM, and processor (I have case) that has a decent hardware RAID chip for about the same price.
For reality-check purposes, I have a nice desktop setup that has hardware RAID available (I only have one 200GB SATA drive in it) behind a Tripp-Lite which is behind a solid 20-minute UPS box. I already do backups to this box, and I *could* drop another 200GB drive into it and do RAID mirroring. This, however, doesn't save me from a catastrophic failure such as an unhealthy motherboard toasting. I one had a system where PSU failed, which managed to somehow toast the motherboard and in turn killed the hard drive as well.
This is why I'd like to have an external USB dual-drive (IDE) RAID box. Even if the drive controller fails the chances of it toasting both drives is slim. This would also allow me to leave it completely isolated from any power source or system failure when I'm not using it.
A tape backup solution that would fit the bill would, from what I've found, cost considerably more than $160... which I still think is steep for a dual-drive USB box with a RAID controller.