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    Help with Backup/storage solution! should i go Raid5??

    i currently have

    2x250gb 3.5 sata 1x wd2500aaks + 1x sp2504c
    2x60gb 2.5 sata 1 1xmomentus 5400.2
    1x80gb ide 1x mpo804h external photo backup
    1x250gb 2.5 sata in esata usb exteranal with cady in pc
    1x320gb external


    Hi i am looking at upgrading my storage sollution currently i use my pc to share music videos photos ect with my laptops and ps3. and use it for photo/video editing

    i am doing this because i have just had 2 external drives fail with my back ups on, i have returned both and have recieved a full refund.
    and one wd 2500ak which i should recieve my rma tomorrow of wd2500aaks

    i now have £120 to spend. or maybe more if i sell some of my current disks

    Pc intel core2duo [email protected], 6gb ddr2 pc6400,nvidia 7800gtx, gigabyte 965p DS4
    100gb+ music
    100gb dslr photos
    50gb HD 1080p home movies
    250gb tv/movies
    50gb apps
    so split between the above drives and laptop(320gb) and ps3(250gb)

    i have 2xsata raid 0/1
    and 6xsata raid 0/1/5/10

    not sure if i should sell everything and start from scratch!

    I am at present trialing windows home server but i would still like to use pc for video/photo editing so was going to put windows 7 back on when i got my new hdds. but still unsure as my laptop should be ok for editing
    (xps m1530
    t8100 3M Cache, 2.10 GHz, 800 MHz FSB
    4gb ram
    320gb hd
    8600gt
    1280x800 wxvga trulife

    i would also like to use my pc to back up my laptop aswell

    ideas please

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    I'd scrap all those small disks you have now and start building up a collection of 1TB+ drives. Hardware raid always the way to go unless you're going the WHS route and you need disks all of the same size (and preferably type) to go RAID.

    By scrap I mean keep for other purposes or as OS disks.

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    master_chief;7752182

    I'd scrap all those small disks you have now and start building up a … I'd scrap all those small disks you have now and start building up a collection of 1TB+ drives. Hardware raid always the way to go unless you're going the WHS route and you need disks all of the same size (and preferably type) to go RAID.By scrap I mean keep for other purposes or as OS disks.



    thanks was thinking maybe selling all but the 2.5inch 250gb

    and buying 3/4 samsung f3 1tb
    still not sue
    would it be better to keep the 2x250gb for raid 0 for os?

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    devonfudge;7752287

    thanks was thinking maybe selling all but the 2.5inch 250gband buying 3/4 … thanks was thinking maybe selling all but the 2.5inch 250gband buying 3/4 samsung f3 1tb still not suewould it be better to keep the 2x250gb for raid 0 for os?



    Yeah that's a viable solution, I've seen people do that many times. I haven't myself as I rely on image backups for DR. Oops sorry you meant RAID 0, yeah that works too but it may be overkill in your case.

    You'd get so little for your drives I wouldn't sell any, if you're a tinkerer (as you seem to be) you will find lots of use for them.

    Original Poster

    master_chief;7752319

    Yeah that's a viable solution, I've seen people do that many times. I … Yeah that's a viable solution, I've seen people do that many times. I haven't myself as I rely on image backups for DR. Oops sorry you meant RAID 0, yeah that works too but it may be overkill in your case.You'd get so little for your drives I wouldn't sell any, if you're a tinkerer (as you seem to be) you will find lots of use for them.


    give me some ideas please!!

    Yeah, I'd junk them all and replace them with a couple of big disks. You could play around with RAID0 if you've got the time but I wouldn't bother with it otherwise.

    Something I've always wanted is a hard disk caddy, which is essentially an external hard drive but with it's own docking bay that it slots into instead of a USB cable to plug in, you can get them for both ]3.5" and ]2.5" drives and some of them can also be used as normal cabled external drives when removed.

    Original Poster

    would this be best raid 0 my 2 x 250gb for os and apps?
    would this not be too big 500gb?
    as atm my c drive is at 88gb with os,programs, some data eg downloads documents music video what else would/should i store there

    or sell them and get two 500gb f3's raid0 but 1tb would be overkill surely for os ect

    AND

    (2x 500gb + 1 1tb) (f3's 2x 1tb) ( f3s or 2 x 1.5tb f2s) (1 for network storage/ steaming( videos music pics) + 1 for weekly backup to be kept in fire/waterproof safe) would partitioning them have any effect on speed?

    would this be addequate or anyone sujest different??

    got a max of £200 to spend btw

    or could build a cheap home server as already have spare case, psu, hds

    very very confused

    ok i THINK my objectives are in order of preference
    1. media sharing/file server between Laptop, ps3, Phone (hd2)
    2. Photo and Video Editing
    3. Printing
    4.Backup
    5. downloading(can be started on laptop but would like to dowload to server) i can do this with whs
    6. surfing(mainly done on Laptop)

    Original Poster

    right just purchased

    2x f3 1tbfor raid 0
    and
    2x1.5tb f2s for 1 for internal back up and one for external usb/hotswop
    £258

    So i know have

    2x1.5tb F2 EG
    2x1Tb F3
    2x250gb 3.5" sata 1x wd2500aaks + 1x sp2504c
    1x320gb external IDE

    2x60gb 2.5" sata 1 1xmomentus 5400.2
    1x80gb ide 2.5" 1x mpo804h external photo backup
    1x250gb 2.5" sata in esata usb exteranal with cady in pc


    Can some one suggest what would be the best utilisation for the above drives for os/programs/data/music/videos/backup/video and photo editing
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