Ill give you a better breakdown of how I have this setup. I research malware and have to take certain steps to keep certain systems isolated from each other, just in case. I am stacking VM on top of restrictive polices on top of HIPS software on top of raid 5 + spare to cover just about all aspects of failure mitigation but that is still not quite enough to make me feel safe, I really want to be able to create a clean/stable image of my work environment that I can then power down and leave completely offline unless I need to restore the clean/stable image or update the clean/stable image.
The system itself runs on 5 monitors
, each with its own isolated job. Top left is isolated browsing (a lot of what I need to look up is hostile). Top right is isolated Radmin linking me to various offsite PCs. Lower left is isolated company IRC (everyone I work with is remote). Lower right is isolated company email. The center is where most of the actual work happens.
In total there are 7 VMs each with multiple backups, these and the actual OS and installed software will not grow all that much over time. What will grow is a collection of local research samples but even then malware only stays relevant for a week to a month at best and the older irrelevant samples will be discarded so this wont grow that much either.
Later this week I am going to fire up The Acronis 2013 boot media to check what it sees looking at the array, with any luck it will be the full raid volume. If it is this should be easy enough to figure out, I just have never done anything like this before I was hoping to find someone that had, maybe avoid serious unforeseen issues.