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So I have a new SSD with OS on it, my 3 year old 1TB WD RE3 (perfect working order) with stuff I'll be transferring to my main drive and then format the RE3, brand new 1TB Caviar Black, brand new 2TB Seagate, neither have been used yet only formatted, and a SATA/eSATA/USB enclosure. I may have bought one drive more than I need tbh. What do you think is the best configuration? I bought the 2TB with a view to using it as my backup drive but now I'm thinking of using it as my main storage drive. How would you set this lot up? 2TB drive in the case, 1TB Caviar Black in the enclosure as a backup drive and RE3 also in case as, I dunno, second backup drive? Or, both 1TB drives as main storage inside case and 2TB in the enclosure? Bear in mind the seagate is the fastest drive. Can't quite decide how to arrange these. tongue.gif
    
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RAID 0 the two 1TB drives internally if you want 2TB and improved performance for your storage and put the 2TB in the encloser for back up the RAID 0 array..

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use each 1TB drive as single drives such as D: and E: and same as above, use the 2TB as back up..
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RAID 0 the two 1TB drives internally if you want 2TB and improved performance for your storage and put the 2TB in the encloser for back up the RAID 0 array..
or
use each 1TB drive as single drives such as D: and E: and same as above, use the 2TB as back up..

Interesting. So either way, RAID or single drives, you recommend the 2TB drive only as a backup and not as every day use storage?
    
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RAID 0 the two 1TB drives internally if you want 2TB and improved performance for your storage and put the 2TB in the encloser for back up the RAID 0 array..
or
use each 1TB drive as single drives such as D: and E: and same as above, use the 2TB as back up..

Interesting. So either way, RAID or single drives, you recommend the 2TB drive only as a backup and not as every day use storage?

why i recommend it as your back up drive is because internally you will have 2TB of storage and it is good practice to have some form of back up.. thus 2TB internal = 2TB seagate drive so as your internal storage grows you have the space to maintain a back up. either method above is what i would do personally smile.gif
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why i recommend it as your back up drive is because internally you will have 2TB of storage and it is good practice to have some form of back up.. thus 2TB internal = 2TB seagate drive so as your internal storage grows you have the space to maintain a back up. either method above is what i would do personally smile.gif

Ok, good point. thumb.gif

Two more questions then.

Since WD is generally regarded as the more reliable brand of the two, is it better to have a more reliable backup drive (WD) or more reliable main storage drive (WD)? However, seeing as how a backup drive is not going to see as much every day use as an active storage device anyway, perhaps there's less risk of either brand failing and so it wouldn't really matter as much if the seagate was the backup?

Also, when backing up my OS drive (SSD) I use acronis to make image backups.
What is common practise though for backing up large capacity media (games, videos, etc),? Is it also acronis, which would compress and save space, or simply copy and paste from HDD to the back up HDD?
    
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why i recommend it as your back up drive is because internally you will have 2TB of storage and it is good practice to have some form of back up.. thus 2TB internal = 2TB seagate drive so as your internal storage grows you have the space to maintain a back up. either method above is what i would do personally smile.gif

Quote:
Since WD is generally regarded as the more reliable brand of the two, is it better to have a more reliable backup drive (WD) or more reliable main storage drive (WD)? However, seeing as how a backup drive is not going to see as much every day use as an active storage device anyway, perhaps there's less risk of either brand failing and so it wouldn't really matter as much if the seagate was the backup?

yes, i would use the most reliable drive as your main storage.. if your back up drive does happen to fail or vice versa you have the data stored in 2 locations so you can replace the drive and recuver the data from the working drive/s so it shouldnt be a problem
Quote:
Also, when backing up my OS drive (SSD) I use acronis to make image backups.

yep that will be fine
Quote:
What is common practise though for backing up large capacity media (games, videos, etc),? Is it also acronis, which would compress and save space, or simply copy and paste from HDD to the back up HDD?

dont do copy and paste, use acronis or any of the programs listed here plus futher details on back up smile.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1125994/seans-data-backup-guide
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