I’ve been using a WD MyBook 500GB USB-attached drive for my nightly backups for about a year now. This week, it stopped working reliably (SMART errors intermittently). Of course, it’s out of warranty, so it had to die. 🙂
I’m looking into a more reliable storage system, perhaps a RAID or Drobo box, maybe attached to the network, but probably direct-attached to the desktop. Does anyone have any advice, based on personal experience?
The Drobo looks awfully sweet, if a bit pricey. I like the idea that I can just swap in a new drive whenever I have some extra cash (or drives drop in price or go on sale), and the device just uses it automagically. The traditional RAID approach of having multiple identical drives, preferably all the same model, seems somewhat rigid and unreasonable to me. What happens if a drive fails a year or two from now, and that model is no longer available? Imagine you have a RAID filled with 80GB drives today; good luck finding a replacement drive new.