Quote: Originally Posted by infested999
Or you can even run multiple drives in RAID everything is automatically backed up without even doign anything. Plus it speeds things up a lot
Well...that's not a blanket statement for RAID.
RAID 0 speeds things up...and is in no way redundant. In fact, it doubles the chance of losing data.
RAID 1 provides redundancy...but I don't see it speeding things up. Also, there are controller level issues that can still occur that can kill data...as can stupid mistakes like mine...or a massive hardware failure...power spike...fire...theft....etc.
Other versions of RAID are more robust...but they are not perfect. I have lost multiple drives at once in a RAID 5 configured server due to temperature issues in a lab over a weekend...and I would have been screwed had I not had tape backups.
Any version of backup that does not include an off-site backup is a potential issue. I am a volunteer firefighter in my spare time...and take my word for it, what the fire and heat doesn't destroy, our water often does. Just a thought.