View Full Version : Redundant backup: Software or RAID-1?

11-28-2008, 01:48 PM
Hello everybody,

I want to buy an eSata enclosure to get a more secure backup with 2 drives.
All my data will be backed up on one of these drives with a backup software.

I want to have a redundant backup.
Should I create a RAID-1 with the 2 drives or should I make a backup of the backup with my backup software?

RAID-1 is hassle-free, but I think I can't access the data on the drive on another computer. Am I wrong?

What is the best?

11-28-2008, 03:10 PM
RAID1 never equals Backup.

RAID1 is great to provide uptime on a server, it should never be used as anything else. RAID1 means the drive is always attached, anything catastrophic happens the mirror drive is part of the problem. Stick with software based backups.


11-29-2008, 10:25 AM
Hi rick,
You already told me to avoid RAID-1 for backup in another post.

In this case, I don't want to use RAID-1 for my backup.
I would use a software to make backups from my internal drive to the external drives. I'm just wondering if RAID-1 could be an option to consider for redundant backup.

I've just downloaded Syncronize X Pro for 7 days. There is an option AutoSync and I guess it's exactly what I want. As soon as my backup is done, it will "syncronize" it with my 2nd backup drive. I have to play with it a little bit more.

Thank you!