I have a Sonnet five disk raid 5 set up attached via eSata with a G-tech raid controller card. I have one large project on it, that I only work on from time to time. I might work on it a few days in a row, and then not get back to it for a week or two.
My question is should I turn off the enclosure at night and turn it back on every morning, or just let it run all the time? What if I know I won't need it for a week or so?
I also backed up all the media onto two internal hard drives stripped together using the disk utility raid. Can I safely remove these two drives and reinstall them later if needed, or will that mess me up?
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2nd one is hard to answer w/o more info, but you'll always extend the life of a hard drive if you turn it off, plus you'll save power, so ya - if you don't need it for a week at a time, it can't hurt to properly shut it down and then turn it back on. i wouldn't do it 10 times a day, but for extended periods of down time, sure...