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High capacity SD cards then?
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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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Probably unless you can afford enough SSD's.

Seriously, multiple HDD's
+1 to this. Get 3x1TB HDDs, keep one on an external, one in your bedroom closet, and one off-site (parents' attic for example) if you really want that sort of redundancy. Rotate them every month or so. Cheapest option I see.


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I use multiple drives. One internal drive and an external that is only ever switched on when I do a backup, in order to extend the life of the drive.

Online backup is probably the most reliable method though. Such services typically have numerous redundant arrays.

Also, when I interned in my college's slide library back in college, they were using "archival CDs" for slide scans which were made to higher standards than your typical $.03 CD. They were guaranteed never to lose data within 100 years even under less than ideal conditions.
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Looks like multiple hard drives then.

And yes 8KB (64Kb for those who prefer bits) are around. My ISP had this cap on home package for years to discourage illegal file sharing, they have business package with higher upload limit for hosting web site on business' own computers but they aren't cheap.
    
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I do 1 external HDD and lots of DVD's hasn't been an issue yet but hey.
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Get a fire safe and an external HD in addition to one or two drives in your pc.

I do online backup but I host it myself (no compression, etc) with my server. Is there any other ISP that offers a reasonable upload?
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Also, when I interned in my college's slide library back in college, they were using "archival CDs" for slide scans which were made to higher standards than your typical $.03 CD. They were guaranteed never to lose data within 100 years even under less than ideal conditions.
This is important, there are different levels of CDs, DVDs and even now Blu-Ray (which have some point for storage of files) particularly in their reaction to light. Leave a cheap one in the sunlight for a while and its surface will peal.

I do agree that sold state storage is great and I use it for documents and the like, but the size issue becomes an issue in digital media. For example, I'm a moderate level hobbyist photographer. I just reloaded my main system. and I had to back up and copy 490GB of data. That is a lot of SD / CF cards. (it's also a frightening number of DVD's)

And I'm still shooting. And my raw's are getting bigger. ( a raw file from my Minolta was 8MB, my Nikon D7000 is 18mb!)

Also, I like online back up as the idea, but I have heard some horror stories.
Then again, you'll hear some from hard drive back up as well.

Main thing is to have your backups (more than one) one more than one type of system (ie online & HD, external & internal, optical & HD, etc)

If you're going to be using external, think seriously about eSATA, firewire, or USB 3.
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This is important, there are different levels of CDs, DVDs and even now Blu-Ray (which have some point for storage of files) particularly in their reaction to light. Leave a cheap one in the sunlight for a while and its surface will peal.

I do agree that sold state storage is great and I use it for documents and the like, but the size issue becomes an issue in digital media. For example, I'm a moderate level hobbyist photographer. I just reloaded my main system. and I had to back up and copy 490GB of data. That is a lot of SD / CF cards. (it's also a frightening number of DVD's)

And I'm still shooting. And my raw's are getting bigger. ( a raw file from my Minolta was 8MB, my Nikon D7000 is 18mb!)

Also, I like online back up as the idea, but I have heard some horror stories.
Then again, you'll hear some from hard drive back up as well.

Main thing is to have your backups (more than one) one more than one type of system (ie online & HD, external & internal, optical & HD, etc)

If you're going to be using external, think seriously about eSATA, firewire, or USB 3.
I have a USB 3 external drive, and I'm getting faster transfer rates than I did with an eSATA external. I really hated the short cords for eSATA.
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Why not go for like ten 120GB drives in RAID 1? Leave two or three in a safe and take one of them out every so often to update it. Seems like a pretty fool proof idea.
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Why not go for like ten 120GB drives in RAID 1? Leave two or three in a safe and take one of them out every so often to update it. Seems like a pretty fool proof idea.
Any external eSata case or USB3 case that supports RAID1? I have 4 unused 160GB SATA drives gathering dust.
    
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