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I say buy some cheap internals... they are of course much faster and can be cheaper than externals in many cases. Just buy a few when they are on sale somewhere is what I'd do...
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Originally Posted by tr8rjohnk View Post
So my question is this, I would like to image my drives so I can preserve my data. I checked with Acronis and their True Image software needs about a 4:5 ratio to backup.

At that rate, I would need to buy another huge drive. Why wouldn't I just make my array redundant at that point?

Anyway, how do you all recommend? This would be a regularly scheduled backup/image so nothing that takes absurd measures. Thanks.
If the data is important you should consider both array redundancy and external storage. For external storage, the simplest thing is just an external drive that has esata (or usb/fw will work if you can just leave it running for 6-7 hours). If you can, don't store it in the same place as your computer so if some freak accident should occur, it doesn't take out the backup with it. You should also test the backup frequently (every month or so) to make sure it still works.

If that's overkill:
Go with a redundant array if you're worried about losing a drive.
Go with external storage if you're worried about a hosed system.
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Just clone the whole drive onto another 800 GB drive -- via a program called 'DriveClone'. Works good, and simple. 30-day trial.

If you're just dragging 800 GB worth of individual files, i.e. videos, mp3s, pictures, etc., then just buy an external 800 GB drive, and drag it ALL onto the new drive (via USB). No software needed for that.
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Other than making backups at home, if you got DSL or faster, how about free on-line storage?

AOL's Xdrive can host 5Gb for free.

MediaFire has free unlimited Gb hosting.
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I got 500GB that i backed up, I used a RAID 1 array. Works perfectly
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