I have built a new system for work. I have two 128 GB SSD drives and a 256 GB SSD drive.
In the past I have used Hardware based Raid 1 on mechanical drives and it has saved my butt many times. The primary advantage is that I do not have to reinstall and activate all of my software (much of which is propritary & requires manual activation & a fee) upon a drive failure.
My plan was to use Software Based Raid 1 on the 128 GB SSD's--due to the lack of trim support on hardware based Raid 1 (to the best of my knowledge), and the 256 GB for other frequently accessed software and data. Now I am left wondering if maybe a daily disk image would not be better due to the possibility of increased preformance.
FYI, I also do file backups to an external Hard Drive and NAS. I am running Windows 7, Asus P8Z77-V Pro, 16 GB RAM, i7 3.5 Ghz processor.
Please provide comments/suggestions/opinions regarding the best backup solutions. I welcome comments on file backup solutions, but my primary concern is protection against drive failure without having to reinstall the OS and Software. I use Acronis.