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raid / backup
Authored by: Thom on Apr 11, '08 11:10:58AM

I recently bought the Infrant ReadyNAS NV+ and it has 4 x 750 GB but it uses RAID5 to distribute the data between multiple HDs. That makes me feel a little bit better in case of catastrophic failure of one drive.

But if two of them fail, I'm still screwed.

A good question to ask as you're listing all of your various HDs is: "Do I have any data that I [really care about | cannot replace] in multiple locations? On multiple media?" (tapes, DVD-Rs, whatever)

Time Machine is a big help... anyone with 10.5 and not using Time Machine (or not backing up) is doing their future self a big disservice.

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raid / backup
Authored by: digidan on Apr 15, '08 09:52:15PM

That's a good point that more people should think about. Time Machine is a great thing, but it's still not enough for a good backup scheme.

Out of my ~2 TB of drives in 6 macs and half a dozen external drives, a very large chunk of that is redundant. I'm a firm believer in backups - so much so that I can find nearly every document I've made (for school at least) since the mid 90s on my hard drive and CD backups. My friends don't call me the "digital pack rat" for nothing! :)

Actually, I do need a better system off-site backup system, since my backups usually consist of moving data from one hard drive to another - but should the house burn down, I'm screwed. It's just rather difficult trying to find a way to save hundreds of GB of data - captured home movies and photos - as well as dozens of gigs of other data to DVDs for long term off site storage, and still keep it all straight. Unfortunately, almost all of my media is irreplaceable, so it's tough to put together a good scheme.

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