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Originally Posted by IsaacKuo The most elegant way to do this is to format the third drive in NTFS and set Windows to put your My Documents folder on the ...
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- 05-28-2013 #11
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- 05-28-2013 #12
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Follow up question:
If I use RAID 1 for my data drive (2 1tb drives). My motherboard uses fakraid which I know is basically software raid. Since it is controlled by the OS, I just wanted to make sure that windows and linux wouldn't handle it differently and mess stuff up.
- 05-29-2013 #13
For my own purposes, I never had a situation where RAID1 was the best solution. RAID1 is useful for situations where 2+ copies need to always be up-to-the-second up to date. Basically, situations where you have a database full of a lot of data that's constantly being updated and processed. And yet, the RAID controller itself remains a single point of failure...usually some sort of cluster is what's really called for.
For a personal shared data space, you typically have a lot of mostly static files that are *not* updated constantly. In these situations, I find it better to have a backup mirror which is periodically updated via rsync (a software tool which can do incremental backups--identifying only the changed/new/deleted files and only copies over the changed/new files).
I always prefer rsync for this, because it saves me from an "oops". As in, "oops", I didn't mean to delete that file. Or "oops", I meant to rename that file before saving. With RAID1, the "oops" is mirrored instantly on all copies. With periodic rsync, I can rescue myself with one of my backups.
Also, it's trivial to set up rsync to back up to a different computer, even a different OS, or an external drive, and such...in practical terms, this minimizes my downtime. If anything in my main file server fails, I just start using one of my other computers as a backup file server in the meantime. Your situation is different, assuming you just have the one computer, but even so I suggest you consider doing a periodic incremental backup via rsync rather than RAID1.Isaac Kuo, ICQ 29055726 or Yahoo mechdan