I lost a HD the other day, so naturally I'm going to setup a better scheme to protect my data. Luckily I only lost movies and music...no pictures or personal information. Phew!
Ok, so I've got a mismatch of drives. I don't know the exact model numbers:
Motherboard has 6 SATA ports, one is used for a BluRay drive.
64 GB - SSD running windows 7 Pro
500 Gb external Seagate
1 TB WD Caviar Green
1 TB Seagate
2 GB WD Caviar Green (RMA currently in the works for this faulty drive)
2 TB Free Agent external drive
3 TB Free Agent external Drive (on the way from Amazon)
Would the Guru's here be able to recommend a few ways to configure my storage please? I'm not against popping open the external drives and using them internally. I'll probably copy all the pictures and irreplaceable data to the 500 GB and put that one in the safe deposit box just in case.
With RAID 5 not an option in windows, is mirroring the best way to go? I could mirror the 1 TB drives, mirror the 2 TB drives, then set up a weekly backup to the 3TB external drive.
That would essentially give me 3 TB of usable space with a hot spare and an external backup. But going from 9TB of storage down to 3 TB isn't the most appealing.
Is it possible to span a 1TB with a 2TB drive, then mirror with a 3TB drive?
Thanks in advance for the suggestions.