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Looking to Purchase Raid 1,1 TB external Hard drive options?

My wife and I are looking for a safer way to save our digital pictures. I think that I've decided the best way would be to purchase a RAID 1 capable 1TB(2x500) external and put everything on that. Do I need anything besides the external drive? or is it plug and play?

Also, any suggestions on what brand to buy. I'm not looking to go extremely cheap but as close to that, that would still be good, would be great.

Thanks for any input

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