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Thursday, June 16, 2011
ICY TIP: No more reinstalling Windows after a drive failure. Create a RAID 1 OS drive with the MB982SPR-2S 2.5” to 3.5” RAID converter replacing your current 3.5" SATA hard drive
Backing up and keeping your data safe and protected is important, no matter if it is for personal or business purposes. Using hardware RAID for backing up is the most efficiency and reliable backup solution. Today, we will talk about how to efficiently back up your OS and important data with the MB982SPR-2S for your personal or business computer.
Many people do not realize how important it is to back up their OS drive. They think it is easy to reinstall the OS and applications. Well, it is not hard, but can be very time-consuming to start over from scratch. For example, the Windows updates alone can take hours and require several restarts, and then you have to deal with the drivers. Installing drivers can be tricky, sometimes you cannot find drivers for out of date cards, or sometimes you just forgot the model number of the hardware you have, it could be a pain if there are a lot of missing drivers. Reinstalling the programs is piece of cake, but you may spend most of your time on finding CDs and serial numbers. After that is all done, you need to setup all of the lost settings for your OS, programs, and email server.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done when replacing a failed hard drive. Besides all of the work that needs to be done think about how much revenue has been lost due to the time spent fixing the computer. This can all be a very time and money exhausting experience.
Using the MB982SPR-2S is a safety net that can be put in place to keep your personal or business operation running smooth and efficient. When a drive goes out it can easily be replaced, the enclosure automatically mirrors the new drive. It is a quick and easy fix compared to the traditional way of replacing a failed drive. The MB982SPR-2S is a great way to have the protection you want on your personal workstation or valuable company computers. It is fast easy and a standalone solution to backing up your precious data including OS, applications, documents, emails, photos and all the personalized settings. The time and money that can be saved by using the MB982SPR-2S is more than you think. The MB982SPR-2S is a very small investment that can save you and your business a great deal of money. The MB982SPR-2S converts two 2.5” SATA HDD into a single 3.5” SATA hard drive with built-in RAID function (RAID 0, 1, BIG & Port multiplier). Since the MB982SPR-2S is identical to a 3.5” SATA hard drive you can directly replace your current 3.5” SATA hard drive in your system without adding a controller card or modifying the case. This is extremely useful for systems that have capacity limitations, slot limitations or specification limitations. No matter if you have a 5 years old Dell system, all in one slim system or any non-expandable system; as long as it uses a 3.5” SATA hard drive and you are able to replace it with the MB982SPR-2S.
If you would like to take your backup with you or would like to have the drive removable, then the MB877SK-B is the perfect pairing with the MB982SPR-2S. The MB877SK-B uses one 5.25” bay and allows you to remove and replace a drive. The MB982SPR-2S easily and securely with its tray-less design with security key lock. With this solution you can take your backup disk with you. If you need to keep your computers information secure and safe than taking your computers hard drive with you is the best way to protect yourself. You can also lock the door so no one can take your MB982SPR-2S from your computer. The MB877SK-B allows you to quickly remove your hard drive from your computer externally. If you have a MB877SK-B at work and at home, you can bring your MB982SPR-2S home and insert it into your home computer. This way you can have a portable OS which allows you to continue your work at home. If one of the 2.5” drive failed, simply remove the MB982SPR-2S from the MB877SK-B and replace the drive with no tools involved.
For initial Hardware RAID setup method, if you use brand new 2.5” SATA drives you can insert the drives into the MB982SPR-2S and continue with the RAID setup. If you are using “used” or “existing drives” from your system, it is recommended to completely erase the drives first. For Windows user, you can use Windows Diskpart commend to clean the drive. Steps to complete a deep cleaning are here: