Originally Posted by Chronoptimist So for those of you that have very large libraries now (over 10TB) how are you handling data storage and redundancy? What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to start over today?
I have 15TB of storage between 2 HTPCs and a WHS. Although I am a bit shy of a 10TB library, even if I was over 10TB I would use the same basic storage method I am now.
- I do not use any mirroring or RAID on any system. I am not against it, just don't have any need to.
- My wired network is gigabit, only notebook PCs are wifi.
- Boot drives on all PC systems are backed up to the WHS. The WHS boot drive is backed up to a secondary drive on the WHS.
- I use SyncToy to maintain duplicate copies of media files I do not want to lose.
- Recorded TV is stored on the HTPC where it is recorded and shared across the network.
- Pictures, Music, and Home Videos (post production) are sync'ed daily across HTPCs, Server, and home PCs so all systems have a copy.
- The ripped disk/movie library is stored on the server and sync'ed daily to a secondary drive on the server to create a backup.
Why this setup?
- I consider Recorded TV to be disposable, if I lose it no big deal. If there is a recording I want kept permanently I move it to the WHS movie library.
- RAID is great for drive failures however it does not gaurd against accidental deletion or many other types of file corruption. I would never trust my library to a system that only provides protection against drive failures.
- By keeping local copies of all of the digital photos and videos they are always accessible on every system, even on notbook PCs while traveling. This also acts as a great backup system while also allowing me to add new content from any PC and it shows up everywhere.
- If I have some type of catastrophic failure I am confident that I can easliy pull out any of my drives and plug them into almost any other system and recover my data.