Ne backup drive to raid or not?

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July 2, 2010 at 17:13:30
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 3.382 GHz / 3838 MB
I installed my new HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.B HD31000 IDK/7K (0S00163) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive. But I have not formated it yet.

Not sure to raid or not. I need it for backup. My Master drive is the same. It is partitioned 100GB for the OS and the rest is for video. Any advice on how I should use it as back up?


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#1
July 2, 2010 at 17:24:49
I would forget about RAID. RAID of any kind is not necessary in a home environment - it is an unnecessary complication.

There are plenty of backup applications available, just chose one that suits you. NTBakcup that comes with Windows is as good as any.

Stuart


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#2
July 2, 2010 at 17:31:56
Thanks for the fast response. This site has helped me so much. Very grateful. I have Microsoft WINDOWS 7 Home Premium FULL 64-bit w/COA and it has a backup app. So I should use the whole disk as backup no need in partitioning it.

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#3
July 2, 2010 at 18:07:12
Raid in the form of a mirror can be quite useful to a home user. It is simple, up to date and almost instantly available to be used in case of disaster.

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#4
July 3, 2010 at 01:04:46
You will still need to partition and format the new hard disk. Every hard disk is partitioned, even it is a single partition than spans the whole disk.

RAID is not a backup and backup is not RAID.

They two completely different procedures for two completely purposes. If a home user has a disaster, they use a backup. It matters little that their data is unavailable for a few hours while the restore is done, something that RAID is designed to avoid. It duplicates stuff that has no need to be duplicated and therefore wastes storage space.

Stuart


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#5
July 3, 2010 at 01:41:36
I agree, RAID is only for system critical installations - the home
user will usually benefit from having a fresh installation and
restoring data as it means their system is then 'as new'.

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