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If you want to spend more money, the nas clouds arent to expensive and they are fun.

A NAS certainly would be fun but they are also an online backup so I would still need to create an offline copy as well.
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A mirrored drive should be recognized and mountable as a normal drive on a different Windows system.

Getting a lot of conflicting views if it will be readable as a normal drive?

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If you're running raid1, you can pull a drive then insert a new one. Hot swap not leave an empty bay for an automatic refill.

Sound like a simple routine!
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I give up. Obviously, the OP isn't paying attention.

I hear ya. Sometimes it best to just let people learn for themselves. If OP wants to run a RAID 1 with drives in rotation, I say let him. It's not our time or our money he's wasting so whatever lol. All of us have our own backup plans. Lets just be happy that ours are sound and set/forget lol.
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I have 3.5" dock and a 2.5" dock built into my computer. I use WD Greens for my backups. I plug in a drive only when updating the backup. I keep one set of backup drives at home and another, identical set in my safe deposit box at my credit union; those get swapped out with the onsite backups no less than once a month. I also have a Carbonite.com account to cover data that gets changed or added since I put the offsite backups in my safe deposit box. I can also access that data remotely when I'm away from home.

I too have a 3.5" dock and numerous 2.5" externals. I was using Backblaze as well but after 5 months it still had not completed a full backup. I could go for a NAS but I would still need to back up the NAS and with 1 desktop computer, (soon to be 2), 2 laptops and maybe adding a third as a media server. Maybe a NAS will be the best solution?
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Or as mentioned, just build 2 drive RAID 1 and when you want an archive, pull out a drive, put a new one in and let it rebuild.

This is exactly what I'm looking to do. It doesn't mater how long it takes for the raid to rebuild, i don't need to be there

But that's not what you originally described.

As for being able to access a mirrored drive on a different system? It should be accessible as a normal drive... maybe it reads as locked. I'm not sure, it's been quite a while since I've had to deal with raid in either a commercial or home environment and I can't predict any incompatibilities that you may encounter. You should be able to pull a mirrored drive, throw it in a dock and access it just fine. The data, is a different story... most backups are compressed. So it'll take you more time to access.

I thought raid for home use died when all the fast 7200 rpm SATA drives came out.... install a pair of velociraptors and watch your system explode and shrapnel to pieces. Now that SSDs are approaching a dime a dozen and are fast as hell, raid makes little sense to me. All you're doing is overcomplicating for minimal gains.

Mirroring your backup drive is kinda silly. With a single drive backup nas, if any one drive fails, you're still golden. You need an offline archive... pull the current drive, install new drive and trigger backups or wait for their self schedule.


You could always put a primary backup drive in each system, so the system backs up locally, then have those local images backed up to a nas.
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