Backup Server (with RAID1) - Fedora 14
I am a college student (compSci) that moves around a lot with a laptop. I back it up often, but I dont want a simple usb hd that can be stolen from my dorm and/or damaged (its already been damaged). I am making a file server with RAID 1 that will sit at my parents house for safer backups. I just need a few pointers, I have never experimented with RAID before.
Software: Fedora 14 - Software RAID 1. I will only have ssh running on a port other than 22, behind a router, with keyed entry only so I can remotely backup my stuff.
Hardware: A new(ish) P4 mobo with two (2TB) hd's (for RAID 1) and one small hd for the OS.
1) Should I have the OS installed on a separate drive or on the two RAID drives? I am using software RAID, not hardware, so I assume I need two external drives for the RAID.
2) Should I be using more then two hd's for a RAID 1 array?
3) How can I encrypt the RAID drives? As I said before, I have no experience with RAID.
4) If the OS drive fails, can I just grab a new hd and install Fedora on it to get the data off my RAID array? Or do I need to image the Fedora drive every so often?
5) If one of the RAID drives fail, is there some sort of daemon that can tell me? I will not be at my house physically, so I will not be able to hear scratching platters :P. Also, because the size of a single disk in the array is 2 TB, can I just go out and get any kind of 2 TB drive to replace the failed one?
6) If the MoBo fails, can I just pop in a new one (of any kind) and continue using my same array?
Thanks for any help!
PS, If anyone has any suggestions/concerns about my ssh-to-backup-server, security or otherwise, please let me know.
Last edited by macdudeosx; 03-06-2011 at 03:11 PM.