Getting pretty sick and tired of having to go back and forth fixing STUPID problems with simple RAID configurations and External Devices (mostly stand alone internal RAID 1 Mirrors) that just don't seem to work! The INTEL RAID software certainly has 'compounded' issues with 'BACKUPS' and even while using 'Enterprise Quality Drives', I STILL get broken mirror arrays and 'odd' data integrity issues.
Oddly, I've had as good or better results with secondary drives installed while using ACRONIS or related 'BACKUP' software. I've also had some success with a few Dlink 323 NAS devices that have been running for over two years with only the need for the occasional required re-boot. Of course these particular units have no SATA/USB port and are 'HORRIBLY' slow over most Networks. I'm At my wits end!
My questions is this;
I seem to be at the MERCY of the Computer Hardware of the individual user, so I'm looking for something that can be used as a external device for a SINGLE desktop AND a similar setup that has the ability to be used as a FAST 'working' storage device over a network for multiple users (3 to 8 maximum..usually).
I guess what I'm looking for is a 'RELIABLE' 'WORKING' RAID 1, 5 or 10 configuration that is 'External' to the users 'Stand-Alone' Workstation (Perhaps an added PCI controller (SATA II / III) w/ external box?) and of course the option to use something SIMILAR over a Local LAN (connected to the HUB or router?).
I suppose the other question is WHICH DRIVES tend to work best in these devices as well! (I've had 'Brutal' experiences with the Seagate drives and 'even' some of the Western Digital Enterprise units!) Hard Drives seem to be 'Critical' and if drives don't 'error correct' and and eventually 'time out', they constantly come up with errors and/or then break the array and as such, then they're pretty useless for the aforementioned purpose.
I need some input and Any and ALL suggestions (especially those who are having success with same issues) would be GREATLY appreciated!