I’m about to build a system and want to consider that backup process BEFORE I put it together.
Given I’d like my backup hard drives to last as many years as possible, and that I don’t need real-time back-ups, are there any advantages to using a software backup program to copy from one drive to the other vs. a RAID solution ?
I’m thinking that keeping the hard drives on a backup machine that is usually turned OFF (only on maybe weekly or monthly for backups) might extend the life of the hard drives.
Also – when doing backups – is there any advantage to breaking up the amount of write time when copying large amounts of data (1.5 to 2 TB) across my internal network from one machine to another – for example, maybe the hard drive on for less continuous time means less overheating (e.g. running hot) – extending the life of the drive ?
Or maybe – I should stop thinking so hard about extending the life of my hard drives : )