|I am about to get an external hard-drive (Western Digital 2TB MyBook Studio Edition II) and put the twin 1TB drives in RAID 1 config.|
I just read this comment in regard to accessing the 2nd, mirrored drive after one failed
"Essentially, although the data was recovered (at many times the cost of the unit!) it took about 3 weeks to get our data back ... If something goes wrong, the problem lies that you have to find an identical controller to 're-setup' the same operating environment. Then use high-end data recovery software to recover the data. None of the consumer data recover worked"
In my ignorance, I assumed it would be a pretty easy feat to get at the data on the mirrored drive in the event of one drive failing, as would it be to swap out the failed one and re-mirror it.
Looking into it, the only mention of data recovery on WD support pages talks about "recommended data recovery experts" to consult in the event of a drive failure, =\
Can anyone confirm how easy it would be to access the mirrored data in the event of one drive failing? And how reliable it actually is that your mirror is safe?
(Additionally I read that a power failure, rather than a disk failure, can do both of them in at the same time! RAID 1 is suddenly seeming a whole lot less reliable...)