Is anyone using a RAID array to backup data (mirror) your primary hd or to (stripe) span files across hds for faster access?
I've heard the stripe route is a little less stable--so it makes me hestant. However, mirroring seems like a good idea, esp. with a 2nd hd costing ~$100.
What's your experience, thoughts? Thanks a lot.
stripe will make your data 1/2 as reliable - if one drive fails you lose all data
mirror improves reliability. the mirror could protect you from downtime and data loss but tape is more reliable for data protection.
i just went thru a hard drive failure - my power supply went out and after replacing the power supply i found my harddrive was fried also. replaced drive and still having issues with that system. tape being offline would of protected my data. luckily i had a backup on CD but couldnt fit everything on it.
so depends on what your trying to achieve - possible lower downtime & data protection or data protection.