Originally Posted by A9X-308
Agreed. For less than a QNAP 8 nay NAS, I built a server based around a Z77 board (8 SATA), added 2 HBA's (another 16 SATA) in a second hand Antec 900 with 3 3x5.25" to 5x3.5" adapter from Norco running WHS2011. The last 10 drive spaces are using 2 similar but hot swap adapters sitting external to the case in my server rack. Not including the HDDs, it was about $600.
My "server" is an Asus R510LDV notebook with an i7 4510U, Nvidia 820M, 8GB RAM, and 1TB internal harddrive. It doubles as my HTPC.
I suggested the NAS as it's relatively affordable, easy to set up has warranty etc and requires none of the skill to set up like my server. The N54L I suggested has a bit of a cult following here and is odified in all sorts of ways.
Yeah, but I prefer to follow the cult that says a bunch of USB 3.0 external harddrives combined with one or two powered USB 3.0 hub(s) is more affordable, easier to set up, also has warranty etc. and requires none of the skill to set up like a NAS.
I understand how RAID works, but rebuilding from Snapraid parity for the occasional failed drive is simple for the rare failed drive and saves the need for 1:1 duplication. That's probably not a big deal for someone with a few hundred CDs only.
Immediately as soon as you've lost all data stored on an entire RAID volume, that's when you'll learn that it doesn't save the need for 1:1 duplication. Making backups is not just about 1:1 duplication, it's also about protecting the duplicated data against a plethora of risks including user error, software error, virus, hacker, burglar, home fire, failing power supply unit killing each and every single harddrive connected to it in just a single big spark, etc. etc..
My point was also that non-RAID storage can give you the bonus of being able to spin down individual drives to reduce power consumption and to avoid unnecessary wear and tear, thus allowing you to make cheaper drives choices (e.g. green drives, as opposed to e.g. WD Red "NAS drives"), whereas RAID storage gives you extra performance (RAID 0) or lets you minimize system downtime (RAID 1, optionally combined with Multiplexing) or both (RAID 10, "The Cadillac of RAID"). Alternative solutions such as RAID 5 give you a tradeoff between system downtime and cost, while at the same time also giving you improved sustained read speeds of large contiguous data sequences. However, reduced system downtime and secured data backups are two sorely different animals!
In general, I agree, but only for important data, not music that you still have on CD. My personal data is backed up onto my second PC as well as 3 USB drives and my old Vista box - the last 4 are never plugged in to mains, PCs or network unless data transfers are happening.
Harddrive storage is cheap. Better to have one 1:1 duplicate of your CD rips collection than to have to re-rip it all.