- NAS storage with RAID 1
After recently loosing our NAS drive and important data on it, I’d like to get a more reliable replacement and use RAID 1 to mirror data.
Any recommendation for a simple, easy to use setup that will handle a handful of devices? Needs to be mac compatible and around 2TB.Posted 5 years agofaz083Member
Look for QNAP (http://www.qnap.com/uk/index.php?sn=5042&lang=en-uk)
We operate a couple at work in raid 5 and these replicate between one another for added data protection. Very easy to set up and use and I would highly recommend.Posted 5 years agozilog6128Subscriber
I’ve had a 4 bay qnap unit for about 3/4 years now. It’s been very reliable, and large external (single) drives weren’t available at the time, but it was quite expensive and if I was buying again now I’d just get a couple of 2-3Tb external drives and set one to mirror on a nightly/weekly basis. If I was really concerned about my data I’d get a third drive to keep off-site.
With a Mac you have the option of FireWire or Thunderbolt which are both significantly faster than a NAS or USB drive.
Remember no backup solution is 100% effective, even a NAS drive. Multiple drive failures (unlikely but possible) will lose your data as will fire/theft etc if you have no other copy.Posted 5 years agomikewsmithSubscriberforge197Member
Raid is fine but I would also do a a second physical back up, I have had a couple of raid failures over the years where we have lost two discs at the same time and depending on raid config that can be catastrophic, we relied on external backups to recover from those.
Have two separate copies of your data it will be cheaper than using a data forensics company to recover data if they can from a failed disk.Posted 5 years agoTracker1972Member
I use a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo. Put in whatever size drives you want, RAID 1 mirroring and in the setup tick the “Time Machine” option and you can use it as a Time Machine drive as well as a NAS. It can also stream your music, videos and pics to your network out of the box as well. Works for me 🙂Posted 5 years agothebunkMember
The problem with just using RAID is that if the RAID hardware dies it can be a real pain to get your data back – unless you want disk redundancy or some of the other fancy features of a RAID box then you’re probably better off plugging a USB drive into your router, or paying a small monthly subscription for an offsite backup service.Posted 5 years ago
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