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Luke Ogden
RAID 1 Archive: software vs hardware
on Jul 24, 2013 at 11:47:34 am

I'm currently in the process of setting up a strategy to archive finished projects. It's early days and I feel like waiting a few years before adopting a 'proper' LTO or ODA strategy so for now I intent to move projects onto inexpensive HDDs every two months or so.

Naturally I want to make 2 copies so I've been looking into dual hard dive enclosures, that way, if the drives are set up in RAID 1 configuration all I have to do is insert them both once a month, copy over to the single mounted volume any projects i wish to archive, eject both and take one drive home from the office with me.

With this in mind would it be better to get an enclosure with built-in Hardware RAID 1 OR use Disk Utility within OSX to initialise and mange the two drives in a RAID 1?

The hardware RAID option feels more 'plug and play' but the first enclosure I brought http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=160had front LEDs that didn't even work properly, so I'm a bit skeptical.


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Tim Jones
Re: RAID 1 Archive: software vs hardware
on Jul 24, 2013 at 3:17:46 pm

I always use Apple's software RAID striping if I'm not using RAID 5 (via ATTO R680). Apple have really seemed to have gotten this right and it is really more "transparent" to you if somethings starts getting quirky (remember, RAID-0 has no recovery in the event of a single disk failure).

Tim
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Luke Ogden
Re: RAID 1 Archive: software vs hardware
on Jul 25, 2013 at 11:05:26 am

Ok so a simple hard drive enclosure setup as RAID 1 with disk utility it is.

Anyone have any recommendations for brands/models preferably with tool less HDD bays? The one I just sent back really wasn't very nice.


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EricBowen
Re: RAID 1 Archive: software vs hardware
on Jul 30, 2013 at 3:00:33 pm

If you decide on the software raid option then you can look at the USB3/E-sata docking bays. Just remember that you need to spin the drives up periodically about 4 to 6 months at a time.

Eric-ADK
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