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#1 dml19

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 11:52 AM

Im new to RAID so forgive me if this is a strange question.

 

I would like to have two SSD's configured as RAID 1 as my primary drives for Windows 7, and then two HHD's as my storage/backup drives, also in RAID 1 congifuration. So if I store a file from my primary drive(s) then its automatically saved on both backup HHD's at the same time. Is this possible or even recommended?  


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 11:57 AM

Your idea makes sense from a data security policy standpoint, I'd go one more step and take the HDD volume and back it up to a cloud provider for one more layer and to protect from severe hardware failure in your location. You'll need backup software to handle the process though.


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#3 dml19

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:41 PM

Thanks for for the reply. So how is this practically done since there will actually be two separate RAID configurations? Do I set this up in my computer's BIOS or Windows 7?

 

I use Unison to make the backups. I will probably backup the HDD drives to an external hard disk also.


#4 Brian

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 04:33 PM

If you want to use software RAID, do it through disk management. You could also get a RAID card and roll that way. 


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#5 Valleyforge

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 02:49 AM

Your idea makes sense from a data security policy standpoint,

 

With Cryptolocker and it's various forms out in the wild, the OP's idea is probably the worst thing to do.  He'd be far better off backing up to an external drive, then unplugging it when done.  These new 'Ransomware' viruses will encrypt all files on any accessible volume, so running a backup volume all the time, even across the network, is a bad idea.


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#6 Brian

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 11:45 AM

He's going to do a local backup then an off site via USB, nothing wrong with that approach. 


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