I know this has been asked x1000 times, but bear with me - my situation is a *little* different.
A little over a year ago I purchased a 4-bay raid box. (this one in particular - http://www.mediasonic.ca/product.php?id=1357292354
Why? Not because I wanted Raid per-se, but I wanted to use a bunch of mis-matched and random HDDs as I had as a single volume (JBOD). This worked great, until a week ago.
One of the hard-drives went "kaput". In my 20 years of being "in" computers, this is the first HDD I've ever had fail. So, I've learned my lesson.
Now, luckily, I'm actually able to salvage *most* of my media. That being said, I really don't want this to happen again. It's a serious PITA!
I'm looking for some recommendations. I'd like to still use the Raid box, if anything, to be able to use my random assortment of HDDs.
I've seen that the main consensus here is to go with a S/W raid option. Makes a heap of sense (and I wish I researched this last year) but I'm trying to make the most of what I have and not spend *too* much in additional cash to get some sort of safety-net.
Should I go with Raid 5? Raid 10? Raid 1? Can I do some sort of weird JBOD + S/W raid setup by using an additional external (or internal) hard drive? My media PC is a mid-2011 Mac Mini Server edition running Mavericks. It works great, but unfortunately it does not have USB 3.0 (or e-Sata for that matter).
Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks!