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My WHS 2011 rig has 2 2TB drives. Would it be better to mirror the drives, or use one for the system drive and one to backup everything onto. I am trying to think of the pro's and con's of each solution.

 

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My WHS 2011 rig has 2 2TB drives. Would it be better to mirror the drives, or use one for the system drive and one to backup everything onto. I am trying to think of the pro's and con's of each solution.

 

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Don

 

Well that depends on what you need. If you mirror the drives by RAID1, you are protected against one drive failing, but not against data loss by file corruption or accidental deletion.

 

If you back up your data, your data is safe even if the drives fail but it'll take time to restore the data.

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My WHS 2011 rig has 2 2TB drives. Would it be better to mirror the drives, or use one for the system drive and one to backup everything onto. I am trying to think of the pro's and con's of each solution.

 

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Don

 

The best way is to do both. Mirror the two you have and add one more to backup. Kermi is correct. If you have to choose it would depend on the data type but I would have to choose the backup for that reason. In my rig, I use the mirror+backup option as it gives the greatest level of uptime and security.

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I am currently running a RAID 1 for my photos / music / documents / client backups and misc files. I also have a Antec "Easy SATA" on my case that I swap a 2TB drive with to keep offsite storage. With the prices of the 2TB drive I figured this was my best bet.

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