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posted: Aug. 7, 2016 @ 4:23p
I have to say, these larger and larger drives are both awesome and terrifying at the same time. If I were going to use one, I would actually use two; One for data, and one to back up the first drive. 8TB is a LOT of data to lose if it crashed, and Seagates have been known to crash a LOT.
IceWolfe24 said: I have to say, these larger and larger drives are both awesome and terrifying at the same time. If I were going to use one, I would actually use two; One for data, and one to back up the first drive. 8TB is a LOT of data to lose if it crashed, and Seagates have been known to crash a LOT. at this price you could buy two and keep one as backup. i agree though 8tbs of data is scary to lose.
flyboynm said: harlock001 said: IceWolfe24 said: If I were going to use one, I would actually use two; One for data, and one to back up the first drive.
and Seagates have been known to crash a LOT.
This is what you want... https://stablebit.com/drivepool It makes sure that every file that you save is duplicated on another drive(s). I've used it for 3 years and it works flawlessly.
External Seagates tend to have little to no airflow in their cases. The heat kills em. If you use them 24/7 like I do, carefully pry the case top off. It lowers the temp quite a bit.
My oldest Seagate is a 2TB model running 24/7 since August 2011.
Does DrivePool use RAID modeling such as 0, 1 or 5? If you are on Windows, you can use storage spaces. It is already built into windows and works great. It is software raid with duplicate and parity options. I took the drives out of 3 of these for my server, and am running them in parity to get a little over 14 gb of server storage. I'm jumping on this deal to start getting back ups/drive swaps for my server.
Mulox said: So why would I want to pay $30 for DrivePool vs. using Windows storage spaces for free? Just looking for a decent comparison, pros/cons of each please... TIA They don't (necessarily) work the same way. The idea of DrivePool is akin to a high-level catalog mechanism (cf. Greyhole for Linux, or SnapRAID) operating on files already stored on arbitrary # of Windows volumes. It behaves like an FS filter driver.
Storage Spaces is more like an LVM. It shuffles the block devices into stripes of different redundancy, assigns these to volume(s), and then you format a normal FS onto them before using. This means growing the set is easy, but shrinking i.e. removing the member disks isn't, thanks to arcane Storage Spaces housekeeping. Even clearing off all the files on the volume won't always free up space (comparable to the ZFS pool problem). It is a less flexible solution to storage aggregation.
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