I have been backing up my system by connecting an internal IDE HD to my PC and running Norton Ghost Clone. I then keep this HD off-site.
I have upgraded my PC (due to arrive soon) and it comes standard with the following configuration:
120Gb HD SATA RAID 1 mirror with 8MB DataBurst Cache
120Gb HD SATA with RAID 0 Controller Card
I have never used RAID before and would like to know the best options:
1) Should I change the settings to RAID 0 from 1 and use the HD together, and backup my data to a DVD, using standard copy / paste. (or to the IDE HD I currently use for backup, via an IDE -to- USB converter)
2) I presume it is not worth mirroring my HD's since if I get a virus, or a major software error, the problem will just get mirrored.
3) Would I be best removing the RAID from the machine, and one of the two HD's and use my origional backup method (Norton Ghost). I would have to remove raid to avoid issues with Norton Ghost and I do not mind losing the 120Gig space, since my disk space requirements will be fine with one drive. In this case, which would be a better solution from the options bellow:
SATA to USB
Removable SATA Drive
With the above, one of my concerns is the speed at which Norton Ghost will clone via USB2.0 (since prior to now I have had USB1.0, which was too slow, & therefore always opened up my PC and connected directly to IDE).
One thing that crossed my mind was to use the removable SATA (as above) and keep the mirror RAID 1 in place, turn on my PC, then turn off the PC, remove the mirror drive & keep it somewhere safe. (I presume this would be in-effect a cloned hard drive) although I am not sure how the PC will respond when it is then turned on again without the mirror drive connected?
Interested in your views and advice, thanks.