Given the current debarcle with mavericks and WD i am left feeling a little overwhelmed with regards to how to proceed having lost all of the data on one of my drives. I have managed to recover 90% of the data with Data Rescue 3 but i have lost all of my organisation which will never really be able to be restored.
- From the top my current set up is 4 x MyBook Studio II’s @ 2 x 1TB running RAID 1. i was thinking of purchasing a synology NAS and setting up a 4TB cloud mirror using Superduper… but that whole set up is £450! but atleast i will be running two brands of RAID… but at the same time I am not so hot on the idea of having a slow NAS drive… i am used to firewire transfer speeds.
I am trying to avoid the expenditure so am thinking of buying 4 x 3TB drives which will pratically replace atleast 3 of my existing drives with one enclosure - then with the second enclosure create a full mirror of that drive which i will only switch on when Superduper schedules a backup keeping it off the grid in the majority so to speak… This way i feel is cost effective making use of the hardware i have, and also a good level of safety as in theory i will have 4 versions of the same drive.
What do you think of this idea? and do you have any alternatives for me? data security and networking is a real headache!
this whole RAID thing has me a little nervous, i see RAID0 as useless and actually increases the risk of failure… RAID5 seems ovely complicated for what i need… and RAID1 as just right although expensive and limiting, sizewise. So say one of the HDD’s fails using RAID 1… i literally pop out the faulty drive install a new one and it remirrors onto the clean drive without the use of a computer?.. how does the enclosure know which one to clone? i cant really find any practical info other than the mybook manual but id prefer to see it in action.
Can you hotswap 2 drives between mybook studio enclosures? If I take a 2 drive RAID1 array out of the enclosure and drop in another 2 drives with their own array, will they just work and i will be able to acces their data without them attempting to rewrite or format themselves?
Sorry if any of this is entry level concerns… im a n00b.