Need Help In deciding Hardware Array - Boot disc and storage

I am udgrading my Optiplex 170L. It has a IDE and SATA connection. I disconnected the IDE and added a 1 TB SATA drive. Now I want redundacy. So I am thinking if getting a PCI RAID Card and another 1 TB HDD and set them up as RAID 1. As I was exploring this option, I was told it will be better if I have a separate boot drive so the virus can not mess things up. Question is, if I added another drive to set it up as a boot drive ie C drive. How do I then configure the two 1 TB drives as a RAID 1 for storage of data? Is this possible? Any suggestions appreciated.

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Sadly this legend continues.

Modern malware will not respect boundaries such as a boot drive and a data drive. Years ago folk peddled advice that partitions would protect your files during infection or an OS install.

Today we see this was all wishful thinking as folk lost it all over and over.

Let's say you wanted to have a backup copy. Why not one of those fine SYNC APPLICATIONS like Goodsync, Syncback or many others and when you feel the need or weekly, run the sync and then put the drive back into storae?

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Thanks. All I am looking for is redundancy for my impoprtant tax papers etc. So your suggestion is to get an external drive and back it up periodically? If so, what do I need? I see weekly ads for external harddrives. If I buy one of those, do I need additional software to do the back up or it comes with a back up software?

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We can get redundant today.

We have Google Docs, Dropbox and more. The days where you could lose your documents end when folk take advantage of "today's solutions."

As to USB drives, some folk use what it comes with but I prefer titles I've worked with before due to the fact they do not squirrel away the files in any proprietary locker.

RAID 1 while interesting is not a very good safeguard from my view over the past decades as the error on one drive automatically is copied to the next. Delete the file and poof, it's gone on both drives. We can find scenario after scenario where RAID 1 didn't save us.

However try bombing that USB drive that's off in the file cabinet or all copies at once out there. It's really tough.

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