I wanted a RAID setup ever since the 1990’s, back when I would get computer magazines from my neighbour. One of the articles featured perfect setups, which included an external RAID array. I soon learned that RAID (originally redundant array of inexpensive disks, now commonly redundant array of independent disks), particularly RAID 5, can provide a great balance of storage and redundancy (if a single drive fails in the array, no data is lost).
Along with this, I have a dangerous combination of being paranoid about losing data and rarely making backups (and I never learn, having lost a 60GB hard disk around 12 years ago with only the most crucial data available to be recovered).
Keep in mind a RAID is not a backup solution. If the house burns down and if I did not have anything off-site, I would be very out of luck. For many other scenarios however (usually less-catastrophic), it wouldn’t hurt to have. Continue reading “A FreeNAS Adventure”