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Hi guys,

Until now, I have always been backing up my data to external hard drives and via RAID arrays (yes, it's not a 'true' backup solution but for just media data, it works for me). Well, I've been getting worried. First of all, my 2TB drive is completely full and I have about 500GB of media data that isn't in the RAID array as it is now. Price is kind of a concern, hard drives are still pretty pricey ever since the whole Thailand flooding epidemic (now pricefixing oligarchy mayhem) and buying them in pairs to expand my RAID array is a real pain. First, I looked at RAID-5 vs RAID-1 vs RAID-10. I decided RAID-1 was best because it's very simple and expands easily and doesn't require an expensive fancy controller to get decent speeds (i.e. RAID-5 problems). So yes, that requires buying newer hard drives with higher capacities in pairs to make another RAID-1 mirror.

They finally have 4TB hard drives out! yay at somewhat decent prices. But currently, a Seagate 4TB is $190 and x2 is rougly $400. Ouch, I really can't afford to spend that money right now but I'm literally out of space. Not to mention, my other laptop and stuff isn't truly being backed up. I'm just relying on the reliability of SSD technology to not fail at any point in time, not get a virus, theft, or other natural disaster.

So yea, it's basically a cardinal sin. I also keep hearing about my less computer savvy friends losing data all the time.... like last week. So, my point of making this topic if you've read up until this point is to figure out how to manage all this crap for lack of a better term. And do so quickly, efficiently, and well cost-effectively. That's where online backup comes in. I can access my files anywhere I understand too. Which would be absolutely amazing if I'm out of town.

So, I don't really have all the time in the world to research each online backup service and which would work with me. I think my upload speed is roughly 100kB/s so how long would it take to upload 2+TB? biggrin.gif

I currently use Dropbox to "sync and backup" just important documents. But is there a solution out there for me for MASS data?

I heard of Blackblaze (unlimited $5/month), Carbonite, MyPCBackup, [http://mozy.com]Mozy[/url], and I think there's an Amazon service?

What are the prices, speeds, and data limitations of each??? Am I best to stick with my RAID storage or do something else???

Very lengthy question, I know, rep to helpful answers. Thanks.

What about RAID-5?
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Originally Posted by ComGuards View Post

RAID-5 would be a good choice for data that is write-once-read-many, such as movie files and the such. Definitely not a good choice for a main system drive (OS + Programs).

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Do the math ...

You can roughly upload 8 gigs a day. Unless you plan on backing up for 3 quarters of a year. You cannot use cloud.

RAID 5 is perfectly fine for a backup storage unit and is the most common. RAID 1 is useless unless you want to lose 50% of your storage.
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