Planning to get a Buffalo this coming IT fair. For redundancy i keep a duplicate copy of important files stored on taiyo yuden media in a safe place. Am thinking having a tape drive at home for backup would be overkill.
Hope you got the newer Seagate model, the original freeagent one for desktop i had went kaput. Opened up the drive and fortunately the hdd and data was okay. Must have been a casing design flaw somewhere.
Though not doing professional work, but losing all the photos taken by far are as well unacceptable to me. So, do backup your data well!
Here's the disks I use.
1. For daily transferring and editing: A Western Digital 'My Book'. USB/firewire connected, dual 500GB SATA harddisks with RAID0/1 configuration available. Definitely configured to Raid 1 for data security.
2. For photos backup: A Maxtor 500GB external harddisk. Solely to backup from 1, normally run synchronization once a week or biweekly.
3. Store the 2 disks possibly in 2 different locations, like one home, one office...
At least sufficient for me for now, before the 500GB runs out. 200GB used already. :S
P.S. I personally really like the WD My Book. Those data racks providing network access are far too advance for casual use. What we all really need is a secured and usb connected external drive.
Wha piang, if u scared, send the HDDs daily to Cisco for storage loh. Then get 40 more external HDDs so that your bkup cycles are more than a month. Then when comes to D.R, not much to worry. HAHAHAHHAHA......Suggestion, incremental, differentiate, full bkup schedules loh.
That depends on the nature of defect and the way the RAID1 is created.
If a single disk gets spoiled you just replace with a newer one of the same size and the array will be rebuilt. AFAIK: these systems run on a Linux kernel and create a software-based RAID. This means: if the controller dies (the Buffalo box) you can mount the disks into any other Linux system and retrieve the data. Don't try with Winsux, too stupid for such tasks.
There are already Buffalo systems with more bays. If you want to migrate you can either copy the data via network or you try mounting the disks to the newer unit and read the data from there. As long as there is a penguin inside there's hope to have your data safe