Originally Posted by Sean Webster
Not off topic, topic directly relates to the Storage section.
Well as long as we are doing this then I will give my tips:
1. RAID 1/5/10/6 - These types of RAID arrays allow for 1 or more drive failures without losing data. I have all of my data in RAID 1 arrays. The up side of this is that there is no down time with single drive failure, you can access your data just as it is/boot into your OS (if OS is on your RAID volume) while waiting on a replacement drive.
The downsides is that a RAID volume does not protect against data corruption nor accidental deletion, infection, etc. That is why I also have ...
2. External local storage - Whether this is network attached storage, external hard drive via usb/esata/firewire, tape drives, etc., file back up and system image means no matter what happens to your internal drives or your data you can restore clean files and image if necessary.
The downside to this is if there is a flood, fire, theft you may still lose all data. That is why you can (I haven't bothered)....
3. Offsite storage - This could be offsite tape, drives kept in a fire safe at another location, cloud storage providers like Carbonite or Mozy, etc. This allows you to recover data in just about any scenario, even if a tornado comes and blows away your house and everything in it. The only downsides is that the online services have an ongoing cost associated with them, you need to have internet service to access your data or upload data, if you have a lot of data and low speed internet connection this can take days or even weeks. Also there can be privacy concerns with your data.
So no excuses next time someone starts a thread about how all their important data is gone;)