Ah, I edited my earlier post to show that my ‘workstation’ is custom built. Anyway, I can see the use of RAID/Mirroring, but to be honest, that’s a little too expensive for me. I’ve only had a harddrive fail on me once, and that was a ‘Discard’ one, picked up from a box of rejected computer parts (the floppy drive that I picked up from the same box still works, mind you :P)
But yea, the 15GB in my server is from 1999 I think, still does its job faithfully. Even though it’s a Maxtor, and I’m most content about Western Digital. But I guess I take other safety measures to not need to insurance RAID/Mirroring provides.
Most computers around my house (I have more, but Athena and Jessica are the only ones currently active) have an 80GB harddrive. I split up the harddrive in a 20GB partition for the OS and a 60GB partition for the applications, media, etc. That way, should anything go wrong, I could always reinstall the OS without having to reinstall the applications (most of the times, registry keys aren’t even required, but taking them away like that messes up the configuration/settings of the apps in a lot of cases). Besides that, I save install files of the usual applications on the external Porsche 250GB harddrive connected to my fileserver. I guess that’s the only disk I really should mirror with a second.
But it saves a poor junior software developer from NL with a gf in NY a lot of money to opt to not use RAID