Setting up a RAID 1 from an internal HD to an external HD

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I have a 500GB internal HD on which I store all of my media and documents. I am interested in creating and maintaining an identical backup of the data stored on the internal drive on an external USB hard drive, while also having the internal HD being accessible other computers and devices on my home network. First off, is this even possible? Second, what type of hardware (recommended external HD, RAID controller, cables, etc) will I need to accomplish this? Thanks!

Software/Hardware used:
Windows 7 64-bit

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OK, so there’s two questions.

1. Can I mirror from an internal drive to a USB drive?
Technically yes. Performance will be horrible so I wouldn’t ever recommend it.

2. Can I share the drive with computer computers?
Sure, using Windows file sharing.

Go pick up a cheap NAS from Best Buy, Costco, Fry’s, etc. or use Windows Live Mesh to sync the folder onto all the computers you want to share it with.

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  • CAPacelli
    [...] 7. Mrdenny helps out a member looking to set up a RAID 1 from an internal HD to an external HD. [...]
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  • jinteik
    do like that I did, get a 2 disk NAS and plug into your network and you can share your files..with NAS you can even do your RAID
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  • geniuscartel
    Does your answer about being horribly slow even if external is the new much faster usb 3.0?
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  • TomLiotta
    If USB 3.0 is fully supported by the system, then external RAID configurations are very feasible. -- Tom
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