[mythtv-users] question about RAID

Kevin Kuphal kuphal at dls.net
Mon Jan 9 00:55:21 UTC 2006

Gavin Haslett wrote:

>I know you said data protection is not an issue... but believe me when I
>tell you that it can become an issue rapidly. You can build a
>significant collection of recordings on any reasonable size media (I
>have mirrored 160Gb drives myself), and there's no recovery if you lose
>a single disk. It's not like you can cut the array down to half the
>array and still get half your data back... you'll lose it all if one of
>the drives in a RAID 0 fails. RAID 5 and RAID 1/0+1 would at least allow
>you protection.
I've gone round and round with this and I've always come down on the 
side of...it's only TV.
I don't use my Myth as a permanent television archive.  I record what I 
want to watch and remove it.  Now I do have a large collection of DVDs 
encoded to Divx that I would rather not have to re-encode so I simply 
write the files to data DVDs and keep them as archives.  Anything else I 
can lose and I'd rather have the space than lose some to RAID and have 
to fight with RAID controllers and the software to get it working.  Raw 
disk just works :)


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