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John M.
2004-12-09, 17:28
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of
> Daryle A. Tilroe
> Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 3:33 PM
> To: Slim Devices Discussion
> Subject: [slim] Don't go for RAID
>
> spw wrote:
>
> > I don't think people have read my posting - a RAID solution
> won't help
> > when your computer is stolen or you suffer a fire or even a
> lightning
> > strike.
> > DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A RAID SOLUTION.
>
> All of those scenarios are a lot less likely than a simple
> HDD failure. Of course RAID is not a panacea but to keep
> things seamlessly up for the most likely failure it is great.
> I use RAID *AND* backups for my critical data. As for
> wasting money; well a few hundred bucks is not a lot to
> mirror your HDD.

What if a virus or malware sneaks by your defenses and corrupts your system?
Or a system upgrade causes corruption? Won't a mirror drive simply mirror
that state?

With two external backup drives, one next to the computer and one offsite or
in a fireproof safe, where you control the backups via a scheduler or do
them manually, you are protected from this. I see these types of threats as
at least as big as a failed hard drive, percentage-wise. I think you should
use two external backup drives *first*, and if you want a mirrored drive for
additional protection, so much the better.

Jack Coates
2004-12-09, 17:45
John M. wrote:
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
>>[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of
>>Daryle A. Tilroe
>>Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 3:33 PM
>>To: Slim Devices Discussion
>>Subject: [slim] Don't go for RAID
>>
>>spw wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I don't think people have read my posting - a RAID solution
>>
>>won't help
>>
>>>when your computer is stolen or you suffer a fire or even a
>>
>>lightning
>>
>>>strike.
>>>DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A RAID SOLUTION.
>>
>>All of those scenarios are a lot less likely than a simple
>>HDD failure. Of course RAID is not a panacea but to keep
>>things seamlessly up for the most likely failure it is great.
>> I use RAID *AND* backups for my critical data. As for
>>wasting money; well a few hundred bucks is not a lot to
>>mirror your HDD.
>
>
> What if a virus or malware sneaks by your defenses and corrupts your system?
> Or a system upgrade causes corruption? Won't a mirror drive simply mirror
> that state?
>
> With two external backup drives, one next to the computer and one offsite or
> in a fireproof safe, where you control the backups via a scheduler or do
> them manually, you are protected from this. I see these types of threats as
> at least as big as a failed hard drive, percentage-wise. I think you should
> use two external backup drives *first*, and if you want a mirrored drive for
> additional protection, so much the better.
>

Man, apples suck, they just don't have a rough peel at all! Their citric
acid content is way too low, and when you juice them, you don't get a
pulpy orange juice! You want to know how bad apples suck, look at how
little money the state of Florida makes from them!

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Riding the Emergency Third Rail Power Trip since 1996!