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    Best way to store my data

    Hi all.

    I am after some advice regarding the best way to store my data.
    Some info…

    I have a HTPC with the following HDDs
    HDD 1 - 150GB Sata 2 - Windows 7 (80GB) & Windows XP (60GB)
    HDD 2 - 80GB IDE - Ubuntu 11.10
    HDD 3 - 2TB Sata 3 - Films, TV Shows…
    HDD 4 - 2TB Sata 2 - Documents, Music, Pictures, Backup Programs…

    Also a Netbook with 160GB - Ubuntu 11.10

    I would like to backup my data and would like to know your views on how’s best to do this.
    I have considered building a homemade NAS, moving my 2x2TB HDDs and with additional HDDs implementing a RAID 5 setup for my media (Films, Music & Pictures). My Documents would be sync’d with the Cloud and both my HTPC (Win7) and Netbook (Ubuntu 11.10).

    Can anyone advise on a better solution than this?

    What is your current setup / goal regarding your storage setup?

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    Re: Best way to store my data

    Sounds like a good paln. I'd also recommend some off-site storage of at least the really important stuff-- if a plane falls on your home, then you've lost your computer and your backups, neh?

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    Re: Best way to store my data

    Quote Originally Posted by Dngrsone View Post
    Sounds like a good paln. I'd also recommend some off-site storage of at least the really important stuff-- if a plane falls on your home, then you've lost your computer and your backups, neh?
    That would never happen in a million years! Oh... wait.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1408673.html

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    Re: Best way to store my data

    Ha, if that did happen I think my data would be the last thing on my mind.... but at least it would be safe!

    With my Documents sync'd with two PC's and the cloud the important stuff is pretty safe.
    If I lost all the media files it would be a pain to gather and reorganise back onto my PC's, but I have most of the originals (Original DVD's, Photos on social networks...) so it would just be a matter of time.

    One issue I can see is me filling up the limited amount of data I can store on the cloud. I think Ubuntu One is 5GB free at present. I was above this before a recent clear out of old files, at about 3.5GB for now.

    I'm also a little unsure about the best storage for my media. I've read a lot about RAID a few years ago. Most I've forgot about, ha. Reading recently I had come to this conclusion:

    RAID 5, Slow? If I lose a HDD then the rebuild could cause my RAID to fail.
    RAID 6, Additional HDD for redundancy
    RAID 10, Quicker performance, quicker rebuild of RAID as just copies a HDD, Less storage from same amount of HDD's (Half?)
    I have also just found out about ZFS, RAIDz and RAIDz2 and like the sound of this. Need more reading though.

    Just a little confused as to the best solution for my needs?


    I would prefer software RAID over hardware:
    1. If hardware card fails I would have to get same, or risk losing data?
    2. Cheaper,

    Which software / OS would you recommend?

    Originally thought I'd use Ubuntu, but now leaning towards FreeNAS.

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    Re: Best way to store my data

    I'd say FreeNAS as it's leaner, but I haven't had success with it, myself.

    Of course, I have issues with the hardware I was trying to use it on...

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    Re: Best way to store my data

    Have you used ZFS? Do you have any opionions on it?

    Do you know of any good reads on the subject? Only just started looking

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    Re: Best way to store my data

    Quote Originally Posted by 337Manni View Post
    Ha, if that did happen I think my data would be the last thing on my mind.... but at least it would be safe!

    With my Documents sync'd with two PC's and the cloud the important stuff is pretty safe.
    If I lost all the media files it would be a pain to gather and reorganise back onto my PC's, but I have most of the originals (Original DVD's, Photos on social networks...) so it would just be a matter of time.

    One issue I can see is me filling up the limited amount of data I can store on the cloud. I think Ubuntu One is 5GB free at present. I was above this before a recent clear out of old files, at about 3.5GB for now.

    I'm also a little unsure about the best storage for my media. I've read a lot about RAID a few years ago. Most I've forgot about, ha. Reading recently I had come to this conclusion:

    RAID 5, Slow? If I lose a HDD then the rebuild could cause my RAID to fail.
    RAID 6, Additional HDD for redundancy
    RAID 10, Quicker performance, quicker rebuild of RAID as just copies a HDD, Less storage from same amount of HDD's (Half?)
    I have also just found out about ZFS, RAIDz and RAIDz2 and like the sound of this. Need more reading though.

    Just a little confused as to the best solution for my needs?


    I would prefer software RAID over hardware:
    1. If hardware card fails I would have to get same, or risk losing data?
    2. Cheaper,

    Which software / OS would you recommend?

    Originally thought I'd use Ubuntu, but now leaning towards FreeNAS.
    How much data are you trying to store (including plans for future growth)? And, how important is each part of it to you?

    FreeNAS is easy to setup, but if fast network speed is your goal, it's implementation of ZFS is not as fast as ZFS on Solaris 11/Openindiana. I prefer to use Openindiana v28 pool (so it's portable to other OS's in the future if I choose to export it) + the napp-it web gui, it makes managing ZFS arrays pretty easy.

    Ubuntu + mdadm would work great as well. But, if 30-40 MB/s across a gigabit connection is fine for you, then FreeNAS is pretty hard to screw up

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    Re: Best way to store my data

    Quote Originally Posted by collisionystm View Post
    That would never happen in a million years! Oh... wait.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1408673.html
    +1 for the great comment. That made me laugh.

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    Re: Best way to store my data

    I think other people on the post tried explaining it well but here is another post which might help you on the same topic with much detail:

    http://blogs.digitss.com/apache/mod_...-iis-together/

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    Re: Best way to store my data

    Quote Originally Posted by dharmavir View Post
    I think other people on the post tried explaining it well but here is another post which might help you on the same topic with much detail:

    http://blogs.digitss.com/apache/mod_...-iis-together/
    Maybe you linked to the wrong page? This article is about Apache vhosts. The OP was talking about a way to backup his data.

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