Hardrive buying recommendation?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lazer155, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. lazer155 macrumors regular

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    I'm looking to build a storage bank for time machine backups of my macs (imac and 2 macbook pros) and to provide space for all my various other files. They would include music, movies, photos, documents and large project files (ie final cut pro projects that I am currently working on). I would like to setup the hardrives so that they are redundant and there is a backup of each one just I case one fails. They would ideally be connected to my airport extreme to share over my network. I estimate that 2-3 tb would be enough room if the redundant drives are not included. 3tb would be ideal as it would give me about a tb of extra space for my photo, music, fcpx projects, and movie collection to grow.

    Just out of curiosity, could I build an array of drives that are redundant and also have varying sized hdds? For example I use 2tb for time machine backups and have 500gb for movies, photos, fcpx projects ect.

    With all of that being said, where do you guys recommend that I buy my drives from and which drives exactly? I looked around newegg and tiger direct earlier but wasn't sure exactly which drives to chose. Is it even a good time to be buying hdds? I know earlier in the year there was a storm that damaged a couple major hdd producer factories, making prices go up. Are they still high from that? I'm not in a hurry to get this storage array built and would be willing to wait until later this year if prices will be lower then.
     
  2. durruti macrumors regular

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    You have many questions.

    i will answer a few of them.

    I recommend a notebook 5400 rpm hard drive if you want to run it from usb bus power.

    I like Samsungs, but Seagate has a new one out for $100 on Newegg.

    For the most part HD prices have stabilized to pre-flood Thailand prices...not quite but almost.

    Also, I advise you look into Carbon Copy Cloner, and research more into why and how of your backup strategy.

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    In terms of redundancy, there are a lot of expensive setups out there and dedicated devices for this function...

    Basically, from my offhand knowledge, redundancy (i.e mirroring)on the cheap/DIY, requires equivalent and ideally identical hard drives of same capacity.
     
  3. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

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