Nope, no RAID yet, and really no backup. Until very recently, I had minimal data on the server, and I was considering my backup plan. (Cheap 1TB USB 3 External drives that I buy on Sale and store elsewhere seem appealing).
Right now, the server is a ASUS Mini-ITX MB running an Intel I3-2200 with support for 6 Drives (4 in RAID) on board, and the chassis has support for say 3 3.5"'s and an optical. I could probably squeeze 4 3.5’s in there and shoe-horn the SSD in someplace.
I’m running Ubuntu 13.04 Server, headless, usually with only access from my Desktop machine through SSH.
The box is running PlexMediaServer & SAMBA, and that’s about it.
Right now, it has a 2TB (that other brand) HD, and an older Patriot TORQX 128GB SSD (boot./root/swap). The WD 2TB GREEN was intended to be the Movie Drive, and the Other Brand was a backup drive. There were 200+ Movies on the WD when it fried, and I have backups of about 100 or so of them, as well as the original media.
Longer term, I was thinking of throwing a Freenas box on the network, and using this box as a backup server while migrating the movies to the Freenas.
But…budget wise, I’m going to have to wait on that…
Frankly, I think I was just unlucky with the WD. I am however going to invest in some Reds in the near term. Given what I use the system for, 7200 RPM desktop drives seem a bit silly.
I am going to have to do some reading on Drivebender…I’m not familiar with it. Sounds like a JBOD? Ah…I see. Sort of a JBOD mixed with a bit of Dropbox style magic. Interesting.
Also not in the budget right now, but worth a thought for the future.
Thanks for the tips! Good stuff.