music storage advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by comebackdwn, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. comebackdwn macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2007
    ok. i have about 30 gigs of music that i am storing on an external harddrive. if i put it all on my computer it really slows it down.

    i have recently been worrying about if something was to happen to my external (ie: it crashes and burns). what is the safest thing to do as far as music storage goes? any advice would be beautiful.
  2. Spizzo macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2004
    Pacific NW
    30 gigs can go on a few DVD's easy. It's once you get up in the 100's of gigs that you run into problems. I just made (from an old PC) a NAS that I will be using for my home media storage, in a RAID 5 config.
  3. joaoferro99 macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2008
    S. California
    Be careful about what RAID you use. RAID levels 0 and 1 are not going to give you much in the way of protection from disk errors. RAID 1 can, somewhat, but it's not that reliable. RAID 0 actually increases the likelihood you'll loose all your data. A 3x250 RAID 5 set is considerably more reliable than a 2x500 RAID 1. Sure, the enclosure costs more, but there's a reason for that. Good luck!

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