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Question about Mirror HD RAID setup

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ettie, Jan 21, 2011.

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  1. ettie

    ettie Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I’m currently running a single PC that handles my small retail store operations and I’m feeling vulnerable to a possible hard drive crash that would put a halt to my business for a day or three while I get a replacement and restore all data. I believe the best solution would be to run a dual mirror drive so I could seamlessly switch over if one drive failed, without missing a beat. Am I correct that this would be the best solution to address my concerns?

    Next, the PC I’m currently running is a HP rp5000 and I’m told that this model does not support a RAID configuration that would allow me to add a mirrored hard drive. I’m being told I need to buy a new PC with a dual drive (RAID1) configuration which will cost me between $1000 - $1300. Is this true that my current computer can’t be configured to run a dual drive and are there any less expensive work-a-rounds anyone can suggest?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Gulo Luseus

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    Mirror raid would definitley be useful. Bear in mind that it only helps against drive failure, not against viruses etc. I assume you woul dalso back up to an external on a daily/weekly basis, in case ofcatastrophic failure.

    as far as setting RAID up goes, not sure exactly on your specs, but you should br able to get a raid card- think they run around 20-40 dollars, but not sure. Certainly not too much. It plugs into an expansion port and allows you to plug drives into it, exactly as if it was going to the mobo. The card then allows raid, although it will need rivers- al supplied and not a problem.

    If you go that way, and dont feel confident, probably worth considering getting someone to do it for you. That way at least you know it will be done correctly and give you what you need.

    Checled your spec, and seems you have free pci slots. Suggest that one of these

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...r=BESTMATCH&Description=PCI+raid+card&x=0&y=0

    Would probably be suitable, but check first.

    Hope its useful :)
     
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