[mythtv-users] question about RAID

Michael Haan michael.haan at gmail.com
Mon Jan 9 01:18:50 UTC 2006

On 1/8/06, Kevin Kuphal <kuphal at dls.net> wrote:
> 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 :)
> Kevin
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I hear ya, but the two weeks I spent ripping my 5k album music collection
and gather album art plus the fact that all my picture are stored on the
same disks makes me VERY concerned with data loss.  I've even got a spare
250G sitting around (which would be in the case if there were room) in the
event a drive goes bad.  Oh, and an external 250 just in case.  A stich in
time sav.... well, you know.
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