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Tracer AudioCenter Array 20T

Tracer AudioCenter Array 20T

Tracer AudioCenter Array 20T

End The Worry...

Tracer is proud to announce a new computer that doesn’t run Windows (or any other op sytem,) can’t go online, has no keyboard or mouse and can’t run any of your favorite programs.

So what good is it? The answer is that it can be the best investment you’ve ever made in a computer.

First, a bit of background:

Over the last week we’ve received 4 calls from customers whose computers have crashed (not ones made by us!) or they’ve got a virus or something happened and they need to recover from a bad situation. Usually all their data is at risk and they are calling us to ask us to look up their Diamond Cut serial number so they can reinstall.

We always ask if they have a recent backup of their data and the answer is normally “no,” though we did have one person who made backups only to find them not useable when they were needed.

Experts suggest that every PC should have three layers of hard drive redundancy – the main drives in the machine, another drive that backs up the main drives, and lastly, a third portable drive that is external to the computer.

Without this level of redundancy, your collections of thousands of audio files, pictures, movies, etc. are all at risk because, sooner or later, a drive WILL fail.

Our answer to this problem is to create a RAID array (which stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks.) Basically, you have two or more drives and your precious data is written to them in such a way that, should a failure of a single drive occur, no data will be lost.

There are many advantages to such a RAID setup:

  1. You don’t have to do anything special. Anything written to the array is automatically backed up in a redundant way.
  2. You can experience significantly faster write times as two or more drives are being used at the same time.
  3. No confusing recovery software is needed in the event of a drive failure. You just replace the bad drive and it will rebuild itself to exactly the way it was before the failure.

So, our new computer is an external USB box which houses FIVE hard drives. Yep, that’s five hard drives. Inside is a computer dedicated to creating and maintaining your RAID array. All you do is plug it into a USB port and your PC will assign a drive letter (like drive K: ) and you just read and write to it like any other drive. EXCEPT, that now everything you put on it is saved in such a way so that no single disk failure will cause you to lose any data.

Setting up a RAID system can be confusing. There are several different RAID levels that have their own pros and cons. In our case, we will use five drives of either 2TB each or 4TB each. In both cases, one drive is used to store the the magic information which can be used to recreate your array after a drive failure. This is called Parity and is evenly distributed across all five disks to ensure even usage.

The result is that our new little computer with five 2TB drives will provide approximately 8tb of redundant protected storage. Our system that uses five 4TB drives will provide 16TB of automatically protected storage.

You, however, don’t have to worry about any of these details. You just plug in the drive and start to use it, secure in the knowledge that those 4000 pictures you painstakingly scanned are now safe from any single drive failure.

One more point – all our Raid computers comes with brand new, name brand NAS or Enterprise drives. These are specially designed high- reliability drives and are more expensive than common PC hard drives.



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