Western Digital, maker of drives for years now, has released the MyBook Mirror edition. It's an external hard drive (yawn) that houses 2 drives (double yawn) and includes a Raid 1 card (a wuh?). RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Drives) comes in many flavors and it's main purpose is to protect data by creating some degree of redundancy. One of the simplest ways to do this is to copy the same data onto 2 drives at the same time. One drive dies, the other lives on with your data. That's called RAID 1.
What's the big deal? Well, I have an external drive, and it holds my photos, music, hopes, dreams, etc. Because drive space is so abundant, I don't have copies of these photos and songs elsewhere, but if the drive goes down, so does my data. Enter the RAID 1 of MyBook Mirror. If 1 drive dies I am good.
My question: to you techies - Drives generally die from either a power surge or some internal failure (many times mechanical). If both drives are housed in 1 unit, a surge will kill both, no? Is there a better way to get mirrored data without having to remember to back it up all the time?