Very interesting. I seriously wanted a ‘mirror’ as a backup. I had an external drive housing 800+gig of music which died. I was hoping this solution would alleviate the need to create a backup of my drive by ‘mirroring’ the data I backup.
So, what is ‘Fault Tolerance’? What is the advantage of a Raid 1?
It just means that if 1 drive dies, then data is still present on the other drive as mirror of the first drive. This allows for the dead drive to be replaced and then the remaining drive will rebuild the mirror (RAID 1) and copy the data to the new one automatically. This means that if 1 drive fails all is good, replace the bad drive and the good one will fill the new drive so they both have the same data again, but if both drives fail at once, or if the case or controller are the ones to die then the data is gone since nothing can protect the data on that case.
IF I wanted to set up Time Machine can I use that as well and it will use the ‘mirror’ drive?
Yes, and if you’re on mirror then even though you will only see 1 MBW-B folder for Time Machine, the data would actually be copied to the 2 drives at once since they will work together as one volume.
Also,to update the configuration as you’ve outlined - I’ve been using the admin login for myworldbook. Since I’m not using it as a network drive (it’s hadwired via ethernet) I don’t know what the IP address is or ‘name’ of myworldbook is. It’s been over a year since I set it up, and apparently I set it up incorrectly at that. Sigh…
If nothing has been changed from the default configuration, then the name of your MBW should be “mybookworld”, you can test this on Network utility. Close all applications and you should see “Go” on your desk trat on the top, then go to Utilities> network utility> Go to the PING tab> type “mybookworld.local” and click on PING. If the device name is the default then you should get the replies with the IP address of the drive (Also confirming “mybookworld” as the device name). You can also force the default name by resetting the MBW with a paperclip using a button on the back (It just reset network settings, data will remain).
Your router should also give you the IP address of your MBW if it’s detected.