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I need to focus one computer on photos. I want to store many photos that are very important to me, kids photos (mine).

Money is not a big issue ($100 per drive). 1TB of workable storage should work for now. I was thinking of using Western Digital software to automatically back up data or a 3-4 drive raid. Speed is nice but not the main factor.

What can you suggest?
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I think any solution is a good solution as long as the data is on different drives and that data is accessible after removing one of those drives and plugging it to another PC. This way: if one drive falls, there's a second; if a motherboard/PSU/any-part falls you can hope at least one disk is intact and data could be recovered from a healthy PC.
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i vote for hardware raid, nothing is as safe as actually have more than 1 copy (if you do 3 drives in raid1 you will have 3 copies of the same drive) if its just photos maybe consider having an external drive and save 1 copy on the external drive and 1 on the computer (if i had something that important to me i would probably put it on an external drive and have a 2 raid1 drive setup)
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post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by twich12 View Post
i vote for hardware raid, nothing is as safe as actually have more than 1 copy (if you do 3 drives in raid1 you will have 3 copies of the same drive) if its just photos maybe consider having an external drive and save 1 copy on the external drive and 1 on the computer (if i had something that important to me i would probably put it on an external drive and have a 2 raid1 drive setup)
I agree...with hardware..You can Just rip out the drive and pop in another PC. Software is more tedious

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post #5 of 22
I'd suggest you also back them up online.

Also, print them out...
post #6 of 22
No need for a raid array, just buy a few hard drives so you can back the data up with multiple copies. . Raid is too much of a hassle and just adds more possible components to fail.
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post #7 of 22
You MUST do RAID1 (mirror). You'll always be putting them on two drives. Also, I highly recommend interprise drives. These Western Digital RE4 are the most dependable drives you can buy. They're made for exactly what you want:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136798
I have two 500GB in a RAID0 setup and they are super fast, reliable and quite.
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post #8 of 22
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Thanks for the info everyone. I gave everyone a plus rep. I think Raid 1 is what I will look into.
Edited by Gabe63 - 4/16/11 at 7:39pm
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RAID 1 inside your computer, AND cloud backup (Mozy, Dropbox, whatever).
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post #10 of 22
Quote:
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RAID 1 inside your computer, AND cloud backup (Mozy, Dropbox, whatever).
+1. Those things are irreplaceable. I can understand being cavalier with things such as movie rips and music collections but family photos, you definitely want to have copies offsite.
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