Need large size drive for Time Machine

Luba

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I am thinking of using a Buffalo Technology Linkstation Quad as my Time Machine drive. Safety-wise of my data, what's better RAID 10 or RAID 5? Also what do you think of Buffalo equipment?

If the software or hardware controllers in the Buffalo enclosure were to go bad would I lose all data under a RAID 10 or RAID 5 setup? Would I lose data if it was a RAID 1 (mirror) setup? 

If data safe under RAID 1 if software or hardware controllers went bad then I would get an external HDD that used RAID 1.
 

Hellhammer

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RAID 5 will give you more storage I think. RAID 1 or 10 would only give you half of the storage so e.g. 4x2TB would be 4TB while with RAID 5, it would be 6TB (usable disk space will be less in both though).

I don't think you will lose any data if the controller craps out. The data will still be in the HDs.

How much storage are we looking at anyway? There are 3TB drives nowadays
 

FireWire2

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I am thinking of using a Buffalo Technology Linkstation Quad as my Time Machine drive. Safety-wise of my data, what's better RAID 10 or RAID 5? Also what do you think of Buffalo equipment?

If the software or hardware controllers in the Buffalo enclosure were to go bad would I lose all data under a RAID 10 or RAID 5 setup? Would I lose data if it was a RAID 1 (mirror) setup?*

If data safe under RAID 1 if software or hardware controllers went bad then I would get an external HDD that used RAID 1.
I dont know about your choice there:
http://www.amazon.com/Buffalo-Technology-LinkStation-LS-Q4-0TL-R5/product-reviews/B001IG6W7A/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt_sr_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneSta

This product not get a very good review
 

philipma1957

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