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I had my RAID 0 array drop one of the drives unexpectedly last month. It had all of my data on it. Was able to recover most of my pics and I had a second copy of my music collection on my laptop. Ended up losing about 95% of my media files. What was recovered was unuseable. I had a 1TB WD Black HD and a 2TB WD Green HD I didn't swap over when I turned my HTPC into my Gaming Rig/Media Server. I took those out of the old case and put them into my rig and setup the 1TB to backup my SSD's that are in RAID 0 and the 2TB to backup my important data off my Media RAID 0 array. Hope I never have to use my backups but it's nice knowing if something should fail it's backed up.

I use Acronis True Image to backup my OS and freefilesync to backup my Media Array.
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unRAID. I still feel it is the best solution for medium to large size home storage if you don't need the speed RAID5 offers. It's somewhat user friendly (unless something goes wrong), but anyone here would likely grasp it quickly. You can build cheap unRAID server for a couple hundred or use spare parts around the house. If you ever want to expand you can just put it into large server cases like I did...

I have 83TB of data backed up onto 2 3TB drives using 2 licenses. My maximum possible space currently is 192TB just by adding/replacing drives. Yes, I can only have 2 drives fail but who cares. That's a backup, and even if 2 drives did fail i'd only lose the data on those 2 drives, not the full 83TB. It's extremely unlikely and plenty for a home user.
Edited by Murlocke - 8/4/13 at 8:23pm
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If my OS goes, I don't really care. I just reinstall and on I go. To me, my data is the most important.
 
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If my OS goes, I don't really care. I just reinstall and on I go. To me, my data is the most important.

os reinstalls are a breeze with whs 2011...

just pop in a usb drive to the whs machine

boot to it with your "dead" computer and let whs take care of everything. biggrin.gif
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If my OS goes, I don't really care. I just reinstall and on I go. To me, my data is the most important.

While my data also is most important, I like to keep current images of my OS since downloading and installing all the updates takes a while as does tweaking Win 7 and installing and tweaking all my 96 of programs (yes, I use almost all of them although most get used rarely). It takes only a few minutes—maybe ten, I never timed it—a week to image the boot drive. I've restored my boot drive several times since I built the machine back in March.
   
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unRAID. I still feel it is the best solution for medium to large size home storage if you don't need the speed RAID5 offers. It's somewhat user friendly (unless something goes wrong), but anyone here would likely grasp it quickly. You can build cheap unRAID server for a couple hundred or use spare parts around the house. If you ever want to expand you can just put it into large server cases like I did...

I have 83TB of data backed up onto 2 3TB drives using 2 licenses. My maximum possible space currently is 192TB just by adding/replacing drives. Yes, I can only have 2 drives fail but who cares. That's a backup, and even if 2 drives did fail i'd only lose the data on those 2 drives, not the full 83TB. It's extremely unlikely and plenty for a home user.

Completely agree (at least for non-critical data). It's not exactly a backup but for some types of data, redundancy is good enough.
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I backup my OS drive mainly for the programs I have for the Media Server side of things. Yeh it wouldn't take too long to set everything back up again, but I just don't want to go through the pain of setting everything backup and possibly screw something up.
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I kind of obsessed with backup every since.. My usb thumb drive failed when I was working on big solidworks project only on that drive. I said that is never happening again.


I have Raid 1 for my Media Files in my main desktop

I have Raid 5 in my NAS with its own cloud much like sky drive or Google drive (music, some media files, important documents, config files for my cad files, some works files, pictures, cad programs iso, windows iso, drivers etc)

then my nas automatically backups to my dads nas every 24 hours (he lives about 20mins away)


Some real important files are in skydrive and google drive



I don't care about my os
Edited by m98custom1212 - 8/5/13 at 4:29pm
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