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    3 Star Lounger
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    I need to back up my drives.

    My plan is to get an older computer for the back up and to use to watch DVDs on my TV. The only other use would be to edit music files but I have my main computer to do that. Part of this is expense. I have a 3TB, 2TB, 1.5TB and a 1TB with music so I would have to duplicate that for RAID. I understand the differences between RAIDS. Do I really need RAID if I have the originals drives also? I know this all depends on the probability of the original drives crashing and the back up drives at the same time.


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    You don't really need RAID.
    When it comes to my music or movie collection I use other large capacity drives to back them up on, mainly
    because there is so much to backup.
    These drives are then shelved until needed and used for no other purpose than to back up said content.
    They are completely separate from any computer and should probably be stored somewhere secure.

    The drive's integrity can be checked on a semi regular basis to ensure that they remain healthy but otherwise should not
    be plugged into the computer except for the sole purpose of transferring new data over to them.

    External drives fit the bill nicely for this sort of thing.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2013-01-05 at 14:11.
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    Even if you had RAID5 (any RAID) you would still need a backup of that. A big RAID5 might be a more convenient place to store and access everything for media playback purposes but its not necessary.

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