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You are wrong in stating "your data is safe for ETERNITY!". Period.

^^^
OP Please do listen to God here!

It's an expression, lighten up. I understand you simply cannot be wrong so I'll just leave.

(I'm serious, he's right but RAID 1 still works if you can replace a failed disk in a decent amount of time, I doubt you're an idiot, I know PSUs can fail, etc)
 
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People forget/misunderstand this all the time... business and websites go under due to this.
though RAID is NOT a back up and we've discussed having two arrays on separate machines, how failsafe is that? Machine 1 with RAID 6 to full backup on machine 2 with same RAID 6 array? If set up properly with decent hardware/software it is pretty darn safe right?!
    
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ive got a 2TB 5900 rpm LP seagate drive i picked up at christmas. It's suppose to have a high failure rate do to some microcode issue, but with the new firmware update its good to go. Its chilling happily in my home data/media server atm
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ive got a 2TB 5900 rpm LP seagate drive i picked up at christmas. It's suppose to have a high failure rate do to some microcode issue, but with the new firmware update its good to go. Its chilling happily in my home data/media server atm
firmware update ?so u're good at that kind of stuff.
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Tigerdirect just sent out a flyer for today featuring this:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...8-_-tigeremail

Any good? $80 for 2tb WD
Honestly, I'd avoid those green drives. My experiences with them have been hot, slow, and prone to failure. I've had two WD Caviar Green drives go dead within months of purchase.

Not to say WD isn't worth getting, though. I have a 20GB WD drive that finally breathed its last after ten years!

For important data backup, me and my dad have a local copy of the files in question; a copy on a mirrored pair of 1TB Hitachi Deskstars in a centralized home server; and either an online backup for "working" or "active" files, or an external WD Passport 500GB. We feel pretty safe, but you could always do better.

Anyway, recommending a drive. I'd either go for 1TB Hitachi Deskstars, 1TB WD Caviar Blacks, or 1TB Samsung F3s. I've had good luck with all three, and it would just depend on what's cheaper at the time.
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Honestly, I'd avoid those green drives. My experiences with them have been hot, slow, and prone to failure. I've had two WD Caviar Green drives go dead within months of purchase.

Not to say WD isn't worth getting, though. I have a 20GB WD drive that finally breathed its last after ten years!

For important data backup, me and my dad have a local copy of the files in question; a copy on a mirrored pair of 1TB Hitachi Deskstars in a centralized home server; and either an online backup for "working" or "active" files, or an external WD Passport 500GB. We feel pretty safe, but you could always do better.

Anyway, recommending a drive. I'd either go for 1TB Hitachi Deskstars, 1TB WD Caviar Blacks, or 1TB Samsung F3s. I've had good luck with all three, and it would just depend on what's cheaper at the time.
I'm thinking WD black too...I am running a deskstar right now as one of the drives and its loud as hell compared to my WD/seagates
    
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though RAID is NOT a back up and we've discussed having two arrays on separate machines, how failsafe is that? Machine 1 with RAID 6 to full backup on machine 2 with same RAID 6 array? If set up properly with decent hardware/software it is pretty darn safe right?!

Define "safe".

RAID6 is very very redundant.

However, where is machine 2 located? In the same building? In case of an attack (i.e. bombing) or natural disaster (i.e. earthquake), will the machine 2 be affected?
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Can you guys recommend me a good storage only drive?

Need to back up some personal files + business data THAT CANNOT BE LOST.
1) In my opinion, as of today the best archival backup mechanism is Internet connection + storage cloud + supporting backup software with strong encryption.

2) The second best mechanism is tape backup. It can be taken off-site, off-line and stored securely, making it resistant to fire, theft and power spikes. However, the days of cheap tape backup (Quarter Inch Cassette) are long dead. Tape drives are at least £1,000 these days.

3) Third best option is an optical medium. Have your considered DVD-RW? Unless your critical data is huge, it is in fact a very robust archival medium. Just keep it out of the light...

4) Fourth best option is an external hard drive, which can be transported off-site. However, I'm a bit leery of external hard drives as a back up option. Hard drives are a vulnerable medium, even when un-powered. The last thing you need is your backup drive failing and your main storage failing too. It can happen.

If you do go the external hard drive route, pick an enterprise class drive. Again, this is for business data, so improve your reliability. However, even enterprise-class drives do fail - believe me, I know.
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Seagate Barracuda XT 7200RPM 2TB HDD, FTW. That's my recommendation. Solid investment, not too expensive. Lots of space. Good HDD
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