Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Backup Solution from Western Digital that's so Good, it's Almost Scary

For years now, I've been advocating using portable hard drives to provide fast and easy backups that you can take offsite when you leave at the end of the day. A good solution is several drives that you rotate in use. Of course the problem is that if the drive fails, you run the risk of losing one day's worth of data.

That problem becomes much less of a worry with the device pictured above. The Western Digital MyBook Mirror Edition has 2 drives that use a RAID configuration to mirror each other. In a nutshell this means that when you put info on one drive, the other automatically copies it over to itself. This gives you a redundant backup system in one box. A system of these that you rotate provides that extra bit of redundency that I love! The box pictured here has 2 1 TB drives in it. Imagine a Terabyte of mirrored storage! I'm salivating just thinking about it.

The cost? Less than $300. Santa, I've been a very good boy this year.

Here is some info from the company website:

WD's My Book Mirror Edition dual-drive storage system automatically mirrors your valuable data for extra protection. The USB 2.0 interface and a powerful combination of features make this system the storage solution of choice for photographers, home users, small offices, and anyone looking for extra assurance that their data is safe.

The safest place for your data - Using RAID mirroring technology, this system automatically and continuously duplicates your data for the ultimate in data protection. If one drive in this two-drive system ever fails, the system continues to run and your data is safe. How's that for peace of mind?
Automatic backup software - Back up your computer - just set it and forget it. Every time you save a change it's backed up and then mirrored on the second drive for the ultimate in data protection.
Cooler, quieter, eco-friendlier - Designed to use only WD drives with GreenPower™ technology, this system, with its efficient convection cooling architecture, fan-less design, and power saving mode, is reliably cool, remarkably quiet and consumes up to 33% less power* than standard systems.

* Tests based on comparison between a 1 TB dual-drive system using 7200 RPM drives and a 1 TB dual-drive system using WD's GreenPower drives.
Easy to set up, easy to use - You're up and running in a few simple steps. WD's intuitive RAID wizard software lets you easily modify your RAID settings.
Capacity Gauge - See at a glance how much space is available on your drive.
User serviceable - Want to upgrade a drive? Simply open the case and replace the existing drive – no screwdriver needed.

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