Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FAIL-SAFE FILE SERVER AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS?

If your data is very important, you should consider doing regular data backups because hard disk will fail at some at some stage in the future. This is especially true when you get an error message"hard drive is about to fail".

Depending upon how critical your computer or files server to you or your business, you should consider building a fail-safe computer or file server system using RAID technology. RAID means "A Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks" and there are several levels of RAID.

For details of different RAID levels - click on this link -
http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid5_gci214332,00.html

The most common of the fault redundant RAID systems are -

RAID 0 + RAID 1 provides fastest data transfer Mirrored hard drives.

RAID 5 is one of the most popular system, it data striping across hard drives with error correction. It has excellent performance with fail-safe system and allows for hot swappable hard drives.

There should be redundant powers supply inside the computer or file server in the event of a power supply failing.
Another consideration is to install a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to prevent a computer or server shut down from power outages, as this will corrupt your data.

These systems do not mean you should not back up your data on a regular basis.

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