Reliable Data Storage on the Cheap! Why Does Linus Pirate Windows?? 8 months ago   09:23

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Are expensive NAS units your only option to expand your storage reliably? I think not...

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les
dumb question sorry - why does mobo need to be standard ATX? would a smaller form factor mobo be absent of needed components? thanks in advance
Gallons Of Milk Gaming
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BECAUSE I WANT THEM.
Read Nigga, READ!
maybe your recording live tv
Shaneil McIntosh
Can you do an updated video?
Tim Birch
Maybe I have Xbox game pass and I want to download all the games
Timothy Nickles 2 the VHS fan
Dvd+r discs can last a long time if you take care of them and flash drive and sd cards and tapes and the internet are the way to go that way you have back up of your stuff
Hungry Guy
I need a way to backup entire hard drives.
Tape is mad expensive and unreliable.
Thumbdrives don't store much data.
CDs and DVDs decay -- I'm constantly replacing music CDs I burn for my car.
I don't trust cloud services to be secure or private.

The best solution I can come up with is removable drive bays in my primary computer, and just make backups of entire drives to other drives periodically.
Souvik Bhattacharya
How to store critical data reliably?
Perplexer1
The best way is to build a cheap PC with a large enough tower case to add as many drives you need. You can then connect the drives to the motherboard SATA connectors or get a dedicated PCIe RAID controller card. You can then expand by adding new drives if the tower case has room. I personally just run Windows Server on it which allows me to use it for other stuff like torrents, drive cloning/backup station, etc.

The only thing you HAVE to be aware of is potential hot-swap issues! Data cables are not a problem. RAID controllers support hot-swapping data cables, and AHCI do as well nowdays. The problem is POWER! If you're using a regular computer power supply and maybe even Y power cable splitters, you have to be extra careful! If you have 2 drives on the same power cable, hot-(un)plugging one of them ((un)plugging while PC is ON) will power-cycle the other drive(s) on the same cable! This can cost you your RAID array data! I've spent many hours trying to figure this out and I only ever saw one post about it on the Internet back when I was trying to Google for more info. So if you intend to use a hot-swap drive caddy/bay in the same computer, use a dedicated power cable from your PSU to connect it to, otherwise plugging and unplugging drives to it will cause your other drives to power-cycle.

Also, never take drives from one RAID array and plug them into other computers for whatever reason. This will often lead to RAID metadata being corrupted and when you put the drive back into the server, the drive won't be recognized as a member of the array anymore.
Jason howe
i wonder how many drives have you killed in your raid setup??
FanMae Hu
Awesome!
Jonathan Robert
Why does'nt the LLT channel talk more about FreeNAS?
Chuzz Bot
Great intent and introduction you had me right up to the ( cough) 'solution'. Has this changed since USB C? Surely someone has woken up to the consumer potential as so many ditch their desktop boxes. A simple 2 or 4 disk X data box for Joe Blow with redundancy and no weird raid systems? Is this a thing? Mediasonic ProRaid USB-C 2 Bay 2.5” SATA SSD / Hard Drive Enclosure.... or better?
Greg Benwell
To answer your question about the "personal data" I have been using computers since I was 15 years old......given I am 54 years old now, I got my first computer in 1981 BEFORE my 16th birthday as an early birthday present!! Which people DO NOT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND why I have the data I do!! BUT a Commodore 64K at 15 years old WILL do that to a person!!! LOL!!
Limes
I do video editing and have terabytes of old data from the 90s to 2010
Banner1986
IT mode = Initiator/Target
IR mode = Integrated RAID (0/1/10 only)

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calebandkylerock
@linustechtips You should make some videos about how Cisco Networking works! I'm a student in school trying to figure it out!
Zayin Conde
Well I know what my old studio desktop will be used for 😅
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