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Like a used bike or like used underwear?

Our work recycling often contains copious amounts of working equipment. It's ok to bring stuff out. I brought out a number of high-capacity name brand hard-drives. What now? [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Aug 15, 2016 - 18 answers

Our home was raided by the government. Any suggestions how to process?

Our house was raided by the government a few weeks ago, which was incredibly traumatizing for me. More inside. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Jun 23, 2016 - 81 answers

How do people do simple network attached storage these days?

I'm in the market for a NAS (I think) and I'm completely overwhelmed by what's on the market these days. I have a bunch of frankly quixotic requirements. Does anyone here have advice? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on May 14, 2016 - 7 answers

ANTS low-key everywhere

My apartment has ants. Not in a major, stream-of-ants visible way (although that DEFINITELY happens when it's very dry--and I live in California), just little exploratory black ants. I see them at a rate of maybe 6-8 per day and there's no clearly evident reason for them to be around (for example, a line of them tromped happily along a freshly-bleached bathroom floor). They love or ignore the poison I've given them. My roommate puts boric acid everywhere and they really don't seem to care. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Nov 2, 2015 - 16 answers

I am trying to choose the right backup solution but I have questions.

(network attached storage, raid) [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jan 27, 2015 - 16 answers

Need reliable external HDDs to back up my data

After some research, I think I've found my ideal backup solution. It involves me:
  • Manually creating a Macrium Reflect encrypted image file of my data once a week
  • Storing the encrypted image file to two external HDDs
  • Placing the external HDDs in two different (safe) physical locations
Now I just need to know which external HDDs that are currently on the market are considered most reliable. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jan 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Need to buy a 30Tb hard drive, what are my options?

My question is should I go with an enormous Linux raid or a dedicated NAS, and which hardware? [more inside]
posted by CautionToTheWind on Oct 9, 2014 - 15 answers

How do I verify that my RAID 0 is working?

I just purchased a G-Tech 4TB drive that was striped for RAID 0 (mac). I only see the one drive on my desktop–as I should–so how do I verify that the drive is working correctly and making backups to both paired drives? Is there a mac utility or do I just pray? Any help would be much appreciated.
posted by captainscared on Jan 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Can I find out why the FBI raided my neighbor's house?

A few weeks ago there was a pretty intense raid on my neighbor's house that involved flashbangs, the FBI, and the DEA. The whole shebang lasted about 3 hours, and although there were heavily armed and armored agents standing around in the street it clearly wasn't a "standoff" situation. Eventually all the armed people disappeared, some evidence tech type people removed some things from the house, a vehicle was towed, and a few (but not all) of the house's occupants were arrested. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Sep 28, 2013 - 5 answers

RAID-0 HD Replacement After Laptop Repair?

What do I need to know about my RAID-0 configured hard drives before removing them to send my laptop away for repair? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Computer RAID for maximum write speed?

I have somewhat of an unusual computer requirement: I need to be able to write data to disk at more than 1 gigabyte per second. Can you help me make this happen? [more inside]
posted by pombe on Apr 17, 2013 - 13 answers

please recommend the right storage solution (mac, photos, not drobo)

I'm looking to end my backup mess - I have about ten external hard drives of varying sizes. my rough estimate is that I need 6TB to store my files. I was going to ask about RAID but previous questions make me wonder if it's truly right. so what should I choose? add. info inside. [more inside]
posted by krautland on Mar 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Backup an image of a boot drive to a RAID 1 & perform restoration?

I have a PCI-E SSD as my boot drive, and a win7-created RAID 1 on two 3TB drives. My boot drive has my user folder on it, but my documents, music, pictures, videos, etc folders shortcut to their respectable folders on the RAID. I would like this to be a full redundancy scheme and it is, but I've run into several nags and I would like to know how to fix them and prepare a fix-it plan before any of the drives fails. [more inside]
posted by ihavearedcouch on Mar 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me restore a RAID5 array?

I have a software RAID5 array in Ubuntu. According to the SMART status, all the devices are okay (one has "a few bad sectors," but the health is green). I have 5 drives, but I can't get the raid to assemble! I'm about to try raid create as outlined here but it looks risky and I was hoping to see if there's something simple I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jan 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Will this RAID survive an Ubuntu installation?

I have an Ubuntu installation with a software RAID. The Ubuntu installation is on a separate disk than the RAID. If I reinstall Ubuntu, will it find and mount the RAID successfully? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Sep 8, 2012 - 5 answers

An array of choices....

Looking for advice from other mefites on how to best use the additional disks I've purchased to expand my current home Linux server. RAID5/6? Native ZFS raidz? Something else? Also curious about use of iSCSI instead of SMB for things like Time Machine, etc. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Mac brain transplant

Can I just take the guts out of my old Mac Pro and put them in my new Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I increase partition size in a RAID 1 array with minimal downtime?

RAID 1 Partition Filter: Physical capacity increased. How do we increase the partition size to match on a production machine? Details within. [more inside]
posted by even butter on May 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Quiet hard drive enclosures

Any recommendations for quiet eSATA two- or four-hard drive enclosure that supports RAID 0/1? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 20, 2012 - 14 answers

I broke my mp3 collection =(

I accidentally booted my two mismatched WD SATA AHCI drives in a RAID0 array and now the audio output from the media stored on those drives is static-filled and echoing (when it plays at all). Have I hosed my mp3 collection completely? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Dec 31, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me design a home server.

Help me design a home server for Photoshop work. Reliable, easy to expand, and cheap are the priorities. Lots of sub-questions inside. [more inside]
posted by scose on Dec 27, 2011 - 14 answers


Choose-my-laptop-filter. This is, in broad strokes, what I'm considering: 15" Lenovo W520 with the 1080p screen, 16Gb RAM and dual SSDs in RAID 0. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Leon on Nov 27, 2011 - 4 answers

How feasable is a RAIF (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Flash media) on a T40 Laptop?

How would placing two (or more!) Compact flash drives in my T40 laptop and using them as a striped RAID 0 compare to installing an equivalent (PATA) SSD? Is there some other thinking-further-out-of-the-box way of getting lightning-fast disk performance into a Pentium M-class laptop? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 on Nov 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Digital Storage Advice?

My Lightroom catalog is finally hitting the terabyte mark, which means I either need to double what I'm doing now (internal 1TB drive, which is backed up to an external 1TB drive) or something different. Any tips on how to manage large digital image collections? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 19, 2011 - 17 answers

RAID Madness! (Well not really)

Please help me get my RAID 5 disks organized. I have two RAID 5 arrays that I feel I could make better use of. [more inside]
posted by santaliqueur on Feb 4, 2011 - 9 answers

How should I address the RAID problem on my new computer?

I recently bought a computer with two drives in RAID 1 configuration. After a couple of weeks, I started recieving the message "RAID 1 LD 1 goes critical." [more inside]
posted by nequalsone on Feb 4, 2011 - 4 answers

I wish I could quit you, Mozy

I've been a faithful Mozy backups user for 3.5 years, but they changed their pricing structure such that it is no longer unlimited. Looking for new remote backup services. [more inside]
posted by sararah on Feb 1, 2011 - 27 answers

It's what the future looked like in 1999

Sanity check: I want to build a large external storage device. I have a tower that I'm not using. I don't want the tower for anything but its case. Can I just hook up hard drives (5 or more) to a hard switched PSU, run the data cables to a SATA port multiplier, then connect that to the eSATA port on my "server"? Oh, I have RAID questions too. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Dec 28, 2010 - 4 answers

How to use all of my old hard drives for redundant storage?

I have a lot of old hard drives hanging around and I'd like to glue them together into some sort of redundant storage "scratch drive" I can store things on. The hard drives sizes aren't similar and I'd like to add on in the future. How would you recommend I do this? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex on Dec 20, 2010 - 16 answers

Does a quiet FW800 disk array exist?

What are your recommendations for a quiet, reliable, FW800 RAID array for home use? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 15, 2010 - 10 answers

How Much Power Will My RAID 1 Unit Draw?

I've ordered a RAID 1 unit. It's not here yet, but I need to get an idea about how much power it draws prior to making a decision on a new UPS. It's a 2TB NewerTech Guardian Maximus RAID 1 unit. (Two Hitachi drives inside). Tech support says it draws a maximum of 36 watts. The online specs rate the power supply at 4.2 amps, which, multiplying volts by amps, works out to well over 400 watts. That is, if thats a valid measure of power consumption. Anyone have experience with this or a similar unit and how much power it draws?
posted by justcorbly on Nov 2, 2010 - 8 answers

What cheap storage thing should I buy?

What is the cheapest/best way to get around 1TB of RAID 1 home storage external to any particular computer? [more inside]
posted by enn on Oct 7, 2010 - 14 answers

How to clone a Sun V440 server with RAID?

I am trying to clone a Sun V440 server that is using the built-in raid (not disksuite). When I move the seed drive from the original server to the new server, the raidctl program complains that the drive is already part of another raid set (which it is), but I'd like to use it anyways as a seed for the new server. Any tips?
posted by zimage on Sep 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Which four drive NAS storage solution to choose for home use?

Which four drive NAS storage solution to choose for home use? (Summer 2010 edition) [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett on Aug 12, 2010 - 17 answers


I need a new Mac. Please help me understand the RAID Card option, and why I should or should not include it with my purchase. [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on May 24, 2010 - 14 answers

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC?

What is the best external storage option for a PC running XBMC? [more inside]
posted by zcow on May 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I create expandable volumes on my setup?

I have a server with a Perc5/i RAID controller and 8 drive bays. I'd like to use it primarily as a storage server, with the idea of buying 4 drives now and expanding later. I'd like to put ESXi on the server and OpenFiler (or FreeNas) ontop of that. I don't need any drive redudancy (there's an attached tape controller), but I'd like to be able to pop in a new drive and expand it like you'd be able to do with LVM. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by geoff. on May 11, 2010 - 7 answers

What's the best way to RAID my Mac Pro?

I'm looking for answers and advice about configuring an internal RAID array in a Mac Pro. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism on May 11, 2010 - 8 answers

How well do SSDs work in RAID 1?

Would a pair of Solid State Disks in a RAID 1 perform proportionally worse than a pair of HDDs in a RAID 1? Are there any significant gotchas to running a Windows 7 RAID pair on SSDs? [more inside]
posted by Danaid on Mar 18, 2010 - 9 answers

NAS with redundancy and good protocol support recommendations?

Can you recommend a NAS device with built-in multi-disk redundancy and support for a variety of network share protocols for a small office? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Feb 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Sad cojoined hard drive twins seek new lease of life.

How can I recover data from two striped RAID drives if the enclosure is not responding? Is it possible to put them inside another enclosure and have it read the striped data correctly? [more inside]
posted by Magnakai on Jan 8, 2010 - 5 answers

How should I set up my new HTPC's Hard Drives?

How should I set up my new HTPC's Hard Drives? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Nov 12, 2009 - 11 answers

RAID and backup system for Mac Pro?

Best RAID / Backup system for HD video on a Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick on Oct 13, 2009 - 14 answers

How to make my LaCie 5big NAS better?

LaCie 5Big NAS hacks/modifications/tricks? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones on Sep 13, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I setup this server?

I have a Dell 2900 with with space for 8 drives (Perc 5/i). Is there any kind of expandable RAID configuration I can use so I don't have to buy 8, 2TB immediately? Any ideas on what way to do this? I would like something with the equivalent of a RAID5 level protection. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Aug 22, 2009 - 4 answers

raid 0 recovery

Is there any way to recover the files from a RAID 0 setup in a different computer? [more inside]
posted by Iax on Jul 22, 2009 - 9 answers

I need help and suggestions for small business RAID server or NAS.

I need the best affordable solution for small business server/NAS with RAID. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on Jul 8, 2009 - 10 answers

How to read data from RAID0 set on a different computer?

Will I be able to access data from a RAID0 array on a computer other than the creator of the set? [more inside]
posted by ilumos on Jul 1, 2009 - 8 answers

Does a WD MyBook have a trouble light?

How to tell if WD MyBook mirroring has failed or drive has died? [more inside]
posted by mysterious1der on Jun 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Someone should just sell me this already

Building your own RAID, let's talk hardware options... [more inside]
posted by lundman on Jun 8, 2009 - 4 answers

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