Opinion needed: If I were using this strictly as my iMovie library and I was running RAID 1. Is Time Machine redundant?

I either buy 1 and set up RAID 1 for iMovie. or I buy 2 and use one for all files on RAID 0 and a second for Time Machine

  • Asked by Cory M from Toronto
  • 18-Apr-2014
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1 Answer from the Community

  • I would say no, because there are other issues that can damage files other than hard drive failure. Running in RAID 1 doesn't mean you don't need a backup, it just means you're more protected from drive failure. But in the case of file corruption, theft, fire or flood damage, RAID 1 won't help because both drives are in the same location, writing the same data. It's a good idea to keep an off-site backup if you can.

    Time Machine also gives you the ability to bring files back from the past, which you wouldn't have in a RAID 1 configuration. This can be a great help if files become corrupted. I haven't personally heard of an iMovie library becoming corrupted, but computers can be unpredictable, and it's always a good idea to protect from that.

    • Answered by Ryan T from Chilliwack
    • 04-Jun-2014