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I am going to be approaching 4tb of iTunes in my library soon and plan on adding another 2tb drive for space. But I finally realized I really need to back it up and *knock on wood* nothing has failed yet. I am currently using http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-579-_-Product as my drives for storage. I guess my question is the best route at this point to create a raid for backup? Or is there a better option out there I completely overlooked?



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RAID is not backup. You're better off getting an external drive (or perhaps grab one of those HDD docks + 3.5" HDDs) to copy your collection to. That said, if you can't afford to do full 1:1 backup, you might want to consider something like FlexRAID or manually creating PAR files.
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First wow, that is alot of music. Is that lossless? Anyway I have a little over 50gb, I do 192vbr and have mine backed up on a 1.5TB Seagate External. I would recommend going the external route as it will not only keep it safe, but portable as well. And due to pricing 2x2TB backups would be better than a 4TB external.
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RAID is not backup. You're better off getting an external drive (or perhaps grab one of those HDD docks + 3.5" HDDs) to copy your collection to. That said, if you can't afford to do full 1:1 backup, you might want to consider something like FlexRAID or manually creating PAR files.
Agreed, RAID is NOT a backup. It's a method for redundancy in case of hardware failure--but if you have corrupted files/sectors, those corruptions will be written in parallel to the second drive, making the idea of it as a "backup" pointless.

I'm a big fan of drag-n-drop backup, and nothing will beat a 1:1 backup, especially if you have 4+tb of data...
    
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First wow, that is alot of music. Is that lossless?
Not all music, TV Shows, Movies, and Music. But yeah can't have any of it disappear on me.

Ok, so my best bet is then not to create a RAID, but simply get the storage amount I have in iTunes on other drives and just drag and drop or something to that effect. Where I have a 1:1 copy of all my other data.

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I also use Western Digital's Anywhere backup program. So whenever you add/remove/edit files from those directories it corrects the external HD whenever you plug it in. Better for me than trying to keep track of the files myself
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I advise a different drive for backup.. as others above have already mentioned but when your making a backup you don't need such a high performance drive... you can get a 2tb for about 80 to save some money....

wd samsung or hitachi would be a good place to start looking...
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I advise a different drive for backup.. as others above have already mentioned but when your making a backup you don't need such a high performance drive... you can get a 2tb for about 80 to save some money....

wd samsung or hitachi would be a good place to start looking...
Agreed with this. Typically, unless I have an internal drive that I'll be accessing frequently (i.e. with regular use on my machine), I just get a drive of the appropriate capacity with good reviews in terms of longevity, regardless of transfer speed/performance (since it's going to be a backup drive that you infrequently use, there's no point in spending extra cash for, say, lower seek times, since that won't really matter much in the transfer/backup of your 4+tb of data every so often).
    
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