OEM Hard Drive and RAID setup

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by quesofrito, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. quesofrito macrumors newbie

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    hello,

    i just got my new mac pro a week ago. am planning on buying 2 500gb drives to store data.

    2 questions:

    1) should i just buy the OEM versions? will i need a cable or anything that is included in the retail box?

    2) do i need to get any special hardware or software for a RAID setup? i didn't get the RAID option when i ordered my computer. i just want a redundant copy of all my data on both drives. maybe i just need to manually backup the primary drive to the second drive?

    thanks.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    #2
    1) Yes
    1a) No

    2) No
    2a) RAID is not backup. if you delete a file accidentally, or overwrite a file, or crash and damage somthing, your RAID1 Mirror is immediately and equally as b0rked as your primary.

    I vote for a periodic backup scheduled with something like SuperDuper, which you can have back up every night if you like.
     
  3. quesofrito thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks! so would there be any benefit to having a RAID setup for me? i'm not terribly concerned about the extra 5-10 seconds of speed i may gain.
     
  4. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    The benefit of a mirrored RAID (RAID 1) is that you can continue running if a disk fails, this can be important if downtime is going to cause a significant problem.

    As stated however it doesn't provide a backup, so you also need to back up your data to another volume.

    If you can cope with the time taken to do a restore from your backup, then you should probably use your second drive as a backup rather than a RAID 1.
     

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