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post #21 of 26
Maybe something along these lines:
Sans Digital Tower RAID
Rosewill 4 Bay RAID

Both have 4 HDD bays and support multiple types of RAID arrays. Sans Digital has USB 3.0 and eSata and the Rosewill has eSata.

For 4 drives I would consider RAID 5 as you will increase the amount of storage space a fair amount compared to RAID 1 while still maintaining redundancy.

If you want to go hardcore I would suggest using an array and backing that up to an external that is kept in a fire-proof safe off-site. I would also consider backing up important files to DVD (just your best pics, or pics for a client).

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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.
This is what I am doing at the moment and it works well but if it was a wedding shoot or something important it is best to have multiple copies all over the place.
    
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Speaking of HDD backups, do you guys use a program to automate it? Right now, I'm doing a Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V of all 300Gb of my photos and needless to say, it isn't the best solution.
    
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Speaking of HDD backups, do you guys use a program to automate it? Right now, I'm doing a Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V of all 300Gb of my photos and needless to say, it isn't the best solution.
I have a Western Digital 2TB USB 3.0 external drive. It comes with their own backup software (Western Digital Smartware) and it actually does a decent job. It only copies over new files and runs quietly in the background.
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I manually span my important files across 4 HDD's, in three different computers. I'm not losing my pictures
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182155

If you have a hard drive lying around, turn it into an external USB hard drive and use windows backup to save all your pictures. Or buy a cheap 1TB (or whatever) hard drive. Viola.
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I've taken 40GB of photos in the last year, haven't been thinking of any backup plans yet, I have them all stored on one of my storage drives for movies and whatnot.
    
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