music storage advice

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

  1. comebackdwn macrumors regular

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    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

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    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

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    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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