Reliability a premium
Posted 05 April 2013 - 02:16 PM
Posted 05 April 2013 - 03:28 PM
I also suggest you look into on-line backup services. I am an amateur photographer, and use Crashplan to automatically backup my important data to their secure datacenters. Personal plans with unlimited data are very reasonably priced.
Edited by dietrc70, 05 April 2013 - 03:31 PM.
Posted 06 April 2013 - 12:52 PM
Posted 06 April 2013 - 02:12 PM
Production: Vishera 8350/32gb RAM/Triple SSDs/Radeon 7750
Gaming: Vishera 6350/16gb RAM/SSD/VelociRaptor/2x Radeon 7950 Crossfired
Retro: K6-2 550/256mb RAM/160gb HDD/CompactFlash/3DFX/ATI AIW Pro/SB16/DB50XG
Posted 06 April 2013 - 03:09 PM
I also would not trust the cloud. The professionals that I know who need to archive lots of client data use DVDs.
Edited by Beenthere, 06 April 2013 - 03:11 PM.
Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:59 PM
Posted 07 April 2013 - 05:01 AM
why not leave the redundant drives where these are, so these are less likely to be dropped/damaged in transit, but transport only a copy of the changes on a different media like a big usb flash drive, or even a 512gb ssd (for example) that way once written to you could drop these as much as you like. the only issue is that you'd need to introduce some sort of checksuming into your actual backups to ensure these are still all consistent as expected.
Posted 07 April 2013 - 02:04 PM
Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:36 PM
FYI, just speaking of Crashplan, the data is an encrypted 448bit both ways and on their servers, and you have the options:
Thanks for the input. I have been leaning towards those drives and some Wiebetech (sp?) cases. I also do some backup on DVD. I will look into the cloud storage but have control issues on my images.
1. To use minimal security (what I use), with one password for the account and the encryption key, which lets Crashplan reset your password if you lose it.
2. The key is encrypted under your own, secure password. If you forget it, Crashplan cannot get the data back for you, since only you know the password to unlock the key.
3. You provide your own key, the data is encrypted at your PC, and Crashplan just stores the encrypted data, with no way to decrypt it.
Security is very important to these services; they aren't convenience services like Skydrive or Dropbox, but are intended from the get-go for secure backup. I think you should give it a try, at least. I've been extremely impressed with how well designed the software is. It uses block level deduplication, so a small change in a 1GB Photoshop file only requires a few seconds to backup.
The fact that higher-end consumer drives aren't built like the $800-$1000+ SCSI drives of yesteryear doesn't mean that they aren't quite a lot better than the low to midrange consumer drives. Most of my WD RE's have been in service for more than 5 years and show no sign of giving me an excuse to upgrade my RAID arrays...
Edited by dietrc70, 07 April 2013 - 10:37 PM.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 04:03 PM
Regarding the cloud: I've got all my important stuff backed up in Skydrive, automatically encrypted before it leaves my PC using Cloudfogger. Not as professional as Crashplan, but I can't complain if it's free. Looking forward to do the same with Mega and less important data
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