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I have a bit over 40GB of digital pictures and I've been looking for reliable long term archival for these pictures.

I've lost a few pictures (probably 50MB total over 10 years) when they were: accidentally deleted before backed up, corrupted and backup had same corrupt pictures, or when hard drive died before backing up.

Right now I've been doing 2 hard drives, the one inside where I put all the pictures in first then I mirror the entire collection to a separate hard drive. This should greatly reduce the chance of lost pictures but if by bad luck both goes south then I'd be looking at expensive recovery.

If there another method for long term backup? CD-RW isn't practical as I'd need lots for the entire backup. DVD-RW could work but any of the RW flavor usually have limited rewrites before it goes bad and I haven't seen reliable data for archival life. I don't have any BD-R and I suspect it's too new to have any proven archival life yet.

Flash drive would do better but they are costly and being small, easy to lose

I've heard about online backup service but my DSL is capped at 8KB (64Kb) upload and 40GB would take ages, about 2 months full backup and about 1 day for each subsequent backup of new pictures.

What do you guys (and ladies) use for long term archival of digital photo?
    
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I keep important information on SD Cards and Flash Drives. Invest in a small fire safe for all your important documents and items.
    
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Originally Posted by wilykat View Post
I have a bit over 40GB of digital pictures and I've been looking for reliable long term archival for these pictures.

I've lost a few pictures (probably 50MB total over 10 years) when they were: accidentally deleted before backed up, corrupted and backup had same corrupt pictures, or when hard drive died before backing up.

Right now I've been doing 2 hard drives, the one inside where I put all the pictures in first then I mirror the entire collection to a separate hard drive. This should greatly reduce the chance of lost pictures but if by bad luck both goes south then I'd be looking at expensive recovery.

If there another method for long term backup? CD-RW isn't practical as I'd need lots for the entire backup. DVD-RW could work but any of the RW flavor usually have limited rewrites before it goes bad and I haven't seen reliable data for archival life. I don't have any BD-R and I suspect it's too new to have any proven archival life yet.

Flash drive would do better but they are costly and being small, easy to lose

I've heard about online backup service but my DSL is capped at 8KB (64Kb) upload and 40GB would take ages, about 2 months full backup and about 1 day for each subsequent backup of new pictures.

What do you guys (and ladies) use for long term archival of digital photo?
upload capped at 8KB? huh? is that even possible (no offence). you could try an External HD?
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upload capped at 8KB? huh? is that even possible (no offence). you could try an External HD?
He would still have to worry about the drive dying.
    
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He would still have to worry about the drive dying.
Redundant backups on cheap hdd's?
for example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822324046

might not be the most efficient way, but it should get the job done cheap.
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Multiple HDD's is probably the easiest method.
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I would rather have irreplaceable data on a solid state storage device.
    
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I would rather have irreplaceable data on a solid state storage device.
High capacity SD cards then?
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High capacity SD cards then?
Probably unless you can afford enough SSD's.

Seriously, multiple HDD's.
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High capacity SD cards then?
I find those horribly expensive at the moment imo :/

edit: why did my brain read that as SSD drives? :/
Edited by Shinhidora - 2/27/11 at 3:46pm
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