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Old January 13, 2014, 11:05 PM
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I'm in need of your suggestions on how best to protect the files on my computer. I currently have ~4.3TB worth of Camera RAW files, music, and misc. files stored on two Caviar Green 3TB drives (they're not in RAID). I plan on purchasing two WD Red 4TB drives to not only increase my capacity (I'm a photographer and I shoot only in RAW), but perhaps more importantly, provide some data security.

I think I will definitely put the two Reds into some sort of RAID volume (most likely RAID 1), but as I'm essentially a noob when it comes to RAID, I could really use some help. Also I'm not sure if it's ideal to put the two 3TB Greens into a RAID 1, also. However my initial plan was to put the two Reds into RAID 1 and use it to store my most important photoshoots, which should take up about 3TB, and dump the less important (but still valuable) leftover data onto another RAID 1 consisting of two 3TB greens. Can my new rig (specs in signature) even support two RAID 1 volumes at the same time??? (Again, sorry, I'm a noob).

My budget right now won't allow for a NAS (nor do I need one, I think), but I could probably squeeze in a RAID controller if you guys think it's best.

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Use some cloud solutions IMO... storage is pretty cheap with the likes of amazon etc. Also has the added benefit of being able to access them anywhere you have a net connection.

Then again with x TB of data it may not fit your needs as costs will soar :(
Though the glacier storage is reasonable at 1 US cent per GB (Not sure about the redundancy of this storage type.. it's also slow (All hdd's, no caching, no sdd's)) but may be worth a look (Works out at about $10/month per TB).

Ideally I would go with something like an external drive + something off-site(touch wood it never happens but if there is a fire or flood or something..)
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Yes, your board is more than capable of doing that.

The only thing is though, you still have a single point of failure, that is, your PC. Should something happen, you could potentially kill all drives and data.

Personally, I'd say put 2 drives in your PC as RAID1 for stuff you're currently working on. Then buy a 2-bay NAS, or some form of external enclosure to put the other 2 drives into to use as an "archive". If you have another computer, that would work too. It would be best if this was then powered off when not in use.

At the very least, if you plan to keep it all in your PC, buy a UPS so your PC at least always has stable voltage and can shutdown safely.
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Use some cloud solutions IMO... storage is pretty cheap with the likes of amazon etc. Also has the added benefit of being able to access them anywhere you have a net connection.


Then again with x TB of data it may not fit your needs as costs will soar :(

Ideally I would go with something like an external drive + something off-site.
Cloud does not work for stuff like RAW images. The upload and downloading would be insane.
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Yes, your board is more than capable of doing that.

The only thing is though, you still have a single point of failure, that is, your PC. Should something happen, you could potentially kill all drives and data.

Personally, I'd say put 2 drives in your PC as RAID1 for stuff you're currently working on. Then buy a 2-bay NAS, or some form of external enclosure to put the other 2 drives into to use as an "archive". If you have another computer, that would work too. It would be best if this was then powered off when not in use.

At the very least, if you plan to keep it all in your PC, buy a UPS so your PC at least always has stable voltage and can shutdown safely.
Haha yes, I do have an UPS and also a second PC. I was thinking maybe leaving the two 3TB Greens in my old build and turning them to RAID 1 (after transferring their data onto the RAID 1 volume created with two 4TB Reds on my new rig).
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Cloud does not work for stuff like RAW images. The upload and downloading would be insane.
They are not that bad... if it's back-up then down is less of an issue.. up you could have a sync job scheduled at night or the like so it won't hurt you.

But anyway... there are ups and downs to both.. but you want redundancy + off site. As said in last post some thing like an external drive or 2 and the same off site, Back-up nightly or before wiping camera memory + a daily / weekly backup on the off site drives is the way to go.. especially if they are work related or precious memories.
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personally I wouldn't store important things on anything that can have access the internet.
What I would do is have the sata extention cable then plug in the drive or drives into that when I want to access them the one problem with that is you would need to shut down ,plug in the drive or drives then power back up the do that again to disconnect the drives, or you could use the USB external Drive bay but that might be slower
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