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  1. 1. Do you use folder duplication



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Just thought i'd throw this one out.

I've been doing a bit of reading and found a lot of opions saying that folder dup can really effect performance when streaming blu-rays and other hd files, especially when you have a large number of drives in a system (i have 15)

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I have become an advocate of Duplicating. Yes it cost space but at the price of storage I can not see not doing for at least critical data and if you can swing it, for everything but junk folders. I started with everything, and have been trimming back to essentials but I am a believer...

 

 

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I duplicate everything, but would think about not duping movie rips if I start to run out of space, or during a migration.

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Agreed as that is pretty much what I am doing. I am using about 4T for duplication which is about $180 worth of drives so you have to ask yourself if it is worth it to protect 4T of stuff...

 

Since time is a rarity, and some of the data irreplaceable, the answer is yes...

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I was part of the closed beta for WHS, and had run into a lot of issues with folder duplication. So, when I came around to building my own server after WHS was released, I opted to use a dedicated RAID controller. I have 8 total drives that are mirrored, resulting in 4 drives mounted in WHS. So, everything I have on my server is already duplicated.

 

That said, on my next build, I will probably be more in line with pcdoc and no-control.

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A Raid1 mirror? Why not raid5?

 

I have folder duplication turned on only on the Users share, where personal documents are stored. Rest of the stuff is either backed up elsewhere (CrashPlan) or isn't worth duplicating.

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I have folder duplication on for most of the data on the server.

A friend of mine lost al lot of his pictures a while ago - including many pictures of one of their children that died a few years back ... need I say more ?

For me the safety of folder duplication is much more important than the price of a disk or performance impact on streaming (in my configuration with only two disks I think the impact is very small)

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I started out by only duplicating the critical stuff, (photos, documents, etc) but then I had a drive fail. Yes my duplicated stuff was fine, but I did loose some of the other stuff. IMO, it took me more time to re-create the other data than was worth to turn off duplication. 2TB drives are now $100, so duplication is definitely turned on for every share. My time is valuable, and storage space is cheap.

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