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First and foremost - I read SeanWebster's thread on "Best Way to Back up" found here:

http://www.overclock.net/windows/112...l#post15064842

At this point however, my brothers and I are wavering on the hardware to do so.

Our goals are the following:

1: Store our Family's Collection of Music (About 1k Albums transcoded into .FLAC)
2: Store our Family's Pictures (Scanned, About 2 GB worth of pictures from pre 1900- Now.)
3: Room to add Family Videos over time.

We are going to have three backup systems. One will be in a fireproof safe in my house, a second at my brother's house, and a third at my other brother's house. We'll bring the hard drives when we see each other and sync them each time.

Beyond that however, we're looking for hardware that will stand the test of time. We understand that naturally, we'll be replacing these drives at the very minimum every 5 years. To that end, does anyone have any recommendations?

Currently we're thinking a good WD or Seagate USB3.0 would do the trick.
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well my frist sugestion would be solid state as there are no moving parts and they will stand the time test, however a good segate or wd Enterprise drive would be the alternative, as they are also battle hardened,
these are great:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136798
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148784
or smaller but cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136797
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SSDs will likely be your option in the future, for now, they are way too expensive for media storage. Here is what I would do:
This is assuming you need this much storage, less you more is up to you

Two 1 Terabyte Western Digital Caviar Greens in RAID 1 to prevent anything from getting lost. Also get one for your safe and one for each of your brothers. Caviar greens are low power/low heat HDDs that will be plenty for backup especially if you have 5 hard drives with the data on them. IMHO, you are being over paranoid. You can also use photobucket.com for your photos if you want another backup of those.

Another option would be to setup a tape backup system. You will need to buy tapes and a tape drive as well as software for it. It will be nice to have a system going but it will cost a lot more in the end.
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 10/4/11 at 2:11pm
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Look for the portable hard drives with dual hard drives and use raid1 inside the portable drive. That would be my suggestion.

Something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822165286
    
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