My Experience Building a Raid 5 Server

I recently built my first RAID server. I’ve been the victim of 2 hard drive crashes where I lost data. I have a large media collection that includes tons of digital pictures, family videos of over 30 DV tapes I’ve captured, and countless other irreplaceable data. Concerned with the possibility of losing all of this I finally decided to dive into the world of data redundancy. I wrote “Guide to Protect Your Digital Camera Photos with Automated Backups” if you’re interested in protecting your digital media as well with Offsite backups being a very important part of the equation which I will write about soon.

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My adventure in considering to upgrade to a gigabit switch

So I recently built a RAID 5 system to be used primarily as a media file server. I transfer large home video files over my network to this machine on a continual basis. Since both my server and personal machine have gigabit nic cards in them I thought it might be a good idea to get a gigabit switch now that they’ve come down to reasonable price points.

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