Storage, Backup, Archive - Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by OoxoO, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. OoxoO macrumors newbie

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    I just got a new Macbook Pro.

    I am into photography and music. I want to get a working storage, backup, and archive system in place. I have a solution i think will work for my needs.

    I would like advise on whether or not to use hardware RAID 1 (not software RAID 1). Other advise is welcome too. Thanks.

    Below are the two versions:


    Version one (with hardware raid 1)

    1. internal hard drive (MBHD):
    a. store: OS, apps, plus other​
    2. On-site
    a. external hard drives, RAID 1 (Alpha & Bravo)​
    i. store: iTunes library and Photos​
    ii. attached via firewire​
    b. external hard drive (TM)​
    i. Partitioned​
    1) Bootable backup of MBHD​
    2) Time Machine backups (MBHD & external drive Alpha)​
    3. Off-site
    a. hard drive (Charlie)​
    i. store: copy of external drive Alpha​
    ii. Bravo & Charlie go round robin from on-site to off-site​


    Version two (no RAID)

    1. internal hard drive (MBHD):
    a. store: OS, apps, plus other​
    2. On-site
    a. external hard drive (Alpha)​
    i. store: iTunes library and Photos​
    ii. attached via firewire​
    b. external hard drive (Bravo)​
    i. store: copy of Alpha​
    c. external hard drive (TM)​
    i. Partitioned​
    1) Bootable backup of MBHD​
    2) Time Machine backups (MBHD & external drive Alpha)​
    3. Off-site
    a. external hard drive (Charlie)​
    i. store: copy of external drive Alpha​
    ii. Bravo & Charlie go round robin from on-site to off-site​
     
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000

    techound1

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    Leave Alpha and Bravo in the harware raid. Swap Charlie and Delta round and round. Saves you the headache of popping out the raid drives.
     
  3. OoxoO thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Apr 20, 2009
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    Techound1-

    Thanks for the reply and advice.

    You are saying to add another external hard drive to the mix (Delta)? Delta and Charlie become the round-robins.

    What if budget does not allow for another external hard drive. Which senerio would you go with then?
     

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