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Well I only constantly backup my browser stuff + music. I just check my drives health (SMART) very often. My 1TB os drive (I'm currently slowly transfering data to 840EVO) has 3 reallocated sectors but this number hasn't changed since 2011-12. 3000 reallocated sectors is a lot. You need to check your drives health more often. This saves time and money.
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Well I only constantly backup my browser stuff + music. I just check my drives health (SMART) very often. My 1TB os drive (I'm currently slowly transfering data to 840EVO) has 3 reallocated sectors but this number hasn't changed since 2011-12. 3000 reallocated sectors is a lot. You need to check your drives health more often. This saves time and money.

Keep in mind that a drive can have great SMART scores one day and be dead as the proverbial doornail the next. HDDS can fail without warning and SSDs usually will.
     
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Well I only constantly backup my browser stuff + music. I just check my drives health (SMART) very often. My 1TB os drive (I'm currently slowly transfering data to 840EVO) has 3 reallocated sectors but this number hasn't changed since 2011-12. 3000 reallocated sectors is a lot. You need to check your drives health more often. This saves time and money.

? I do nightly media tests on each drive (automated). The test picked up the read error, I saw the SMART reallocated sectors (3,000 on a 3TB is not that much) and replaced the drive before it failed or started corrupting my data. If the RAID rebuild had not have gone awry I would have been satisfied that I caught an imminent drive failure. Unfortunately the rebuild went up in the air - absolutely nothing to do with SMART or the reallocated sectors smile.gif

However, while I got the RAID array back online, it was not without data loss. Had I not have had a backup, (which is really the point of this thread tongue.gif) I would have been bashing my head against a wall (and it would have been my own fault).
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I couldn't sleep at night without backups, that's for sure.

My NAS has fourteen 2TB drives. Every drive is mirrored 1 to 1, none of that potentially glitchy RAID stuff (as OP encountered). So 14TB usable.

Then I have that mirrored to a portable 16TB NAS that I keep in a water-tight case!

I think I'm going to move this to hardware RAID (I have a not-so-cheap Adaptec 6405 controller just sitting here spare) and build a new NAS. I'll give Linux mdadm one more chance smile.gif
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thanks share
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I think I have the most simple backup solution here: 2 external hard drives. No filesyncing/backup software, cloud storage, RAID, NAS, etc.

I use "only" a few TB of data (small compared to everyone in this thread I guess) backed up in my 3TB Seagate Expansion and 4TB Seagate Backup+. I only plug them in when extracting or backing up data about once a month. I manually copy everything with TeraCopy. When I'm not using them they sit in my closet.

Also does anyone here know if defragmenting backup data drives helps them last longer?
Edited by Bitech - 1/9/14 at 2:58pm
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If anything it would make it worse. Defragmenting moves the data's physical location closer to the edge of the platters. If it's just data or backups, there is no point. Maybe make an outer partition for current backups and move them to the inner partition to archive? I don't know. I don't think defragging or short-stroking or any other tricks like that would help.
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were these drives your WD Reds? lol Finally changed one out for a faster drive? biggrin.gif
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were these drives your WD Reds? lol Finally changed one out for a faster drive? biggrin.gif

Nah they were Seagate. Replacing them all with WD SE. There's another one with read errors, so they are all going.
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dang, which seagates? the WD SE's are nice.
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dang, which seagates? the WD SE's are nice.

ST3000DM001. Guess what's being used as backup. tongue.gif

Yup.
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