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Ok...out of curiousity...how would you set up storage for me.
I run a 256gb 830SSD and 2 1TB Barracudas...1 games, storage etc and the other is just a backup disk.

I was thinking for a upgrade I would get a paid of 4TB HDDs....how would you go about good storage and backup? Would you go with the 2 4TB drives?

I do have several thousand film slides that I need to convert to digital that could take up some space...I think they save in the 100MB range!!! But obviously I could reduce that smile.gif

Anyway...open to suggestions.
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If the slides are around 100mb a piece, you can fit about 50,000 of them on one 4 terabyte drive. Just dropping the two hard drives in would be an adequate solution.

You could also set up the two 4tb drives as Just a Bunch Of Disks "JBOD", that would give you one logical drive of 8TB.
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One word, redundancy.

1. Keep the 256GB SSD for Boot Drive and major applications. Then go through and optimize it like Sean has written up. its about as complete a write up as you'll find anywhere.
2. Keep the two 1TB drives. Use one for a games and application drive. Use another for a backup of the OS drive by using Acronis or something else like that to make images of the OS drive.
3. Get 2 4TB HDDs. Use 1 for all of your data. Use the second for backups of the data. DO NOT do a RAID1. RAID1 IS NOT A BACKUP SOLUTION. If the data on Drive 1 corrupts it is mirrored over to Drive 2 corrupt as well.

Thats what I would do.


EDIT: With the backup images of the OS drive, do it with the straight Windows install, then with your base applications. Then once you have everything you use you can do another. That way you have incremental images in case something stops working properly you can revert to any stage you need. Just make sure that there are no issues of any sort when you take the images or else those will obviously come back when you reimage with that image.
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One word, redundancy.

1. Keep the 256GB SSD for Boot Drive and major applications. Then go through and optimize it like Sean has written up. its about as complete a write up as you'll find anywhere.
2. Keep the two 1TB drives. Use one for a games and application drive. Use another for a backup of the OS drive by using Acronis or something else like that to make images of the OS drive.
3. Get 2 4TB HDDs. Use 1 for all of your data. Use the second for backups of the data. DO NOT do a RAID1. RAID1 IS NOT A BACKUP SOLUTION. If the data on Drive 1 corrupts it is mirrored over to Drive 2 corrupt as well.

Thats what I would do.


EDIT: With the backup images of the OS drive, do it with the straight Windows install, then with your base applications. Then once you have everything you use you can do another. That way you have incremental images in case something stops working properly you can revert to any stage you need. Just make sure that there are no issues of any sort when you take the images or else those will obviously come back when you reimage with that image.

You keep the image and and file backup separate? Should I use the 4TB backup drive to backup the system images too?
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post #5 of 5
You could do that without any problem. The only reason I didn't really list it that way was because if you accumulate 4TB of data you want backed up you need somewhere else to put the OS images. That's why I said that the other 1TB could be used for that. That 1TB with the OS images could also be used as a Steam backup. You can copy paste steam and backup everything that way or you can run the actual backup utility in it. Off hand I cant remember how to run that utility though.
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