Originally Posted by spivonious
Mirroring does not protect against accidental deletions. Unless uptime is a big concern, I'd be comfortable doing only backups and foregoing any RAID solution.
You are absolutely correct, redundancy does not protect against operator error, but then, the operator has no one to blame, other than the operator itself.
Up time may not be of significance in a home setting, but in our household, the file server holds all of the recorded TV, movies, music, and pictures content.
But, let me tell you, when the wife has all of her "real housewives", "chopped", "glee", and "bethany" on the server, and my daughter has all of her Elmo, Abby, and Zoey on the server, uptime becomes an absolute necessity, if one were to keep their sanity.
The Server, HTPC and associated media center extenders are THE ONLY "cable box/DVR" in the house. While I can still read books with Elmo and Abby to my daughter, reading the newspaper article about "chopped" or "Real housewives" does not seem to work with the wife....
So, RAID 5 it is, and back ups.