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I agree with the Hardware RAID. RAID 1 will suit your needs perfectly. It will ensure your photos are backed up
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No need for a raid array, just buy a few hard drives so you can back the data up with multiple copies. . Raid is too much of a hassle and just adds more possible components to fail.
Are you serious? RAID1 is perfect for what he wants. He will always have 2 copies of his data without having to worry about manually copying data or waiting on scheduled backups. I do this with 2 Samsung F3 1TB and couldn't be happier. Every couple weeks I'm going to image the RAID to a 1TB external drive I have just to be sure.

I don't trust offsite backup companies and the only advantage they have over my setup is fire/theft. If either of those happen I have even bigger problems than data loss, but if you're that paranoid throw the external in a fire proof safe after you're done backing up.
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post #13 of 22
If you are really worried about it do a raid setup and also burn a couple copies on dvds every month or so.
    
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I'm a fan of multiple backups for important/sensitive data. Not only do I run a NAS, but I have important data (not sensitive), on an online backup. The sensitive stuff stays on a HDD in a fire safe, with a second backup drive in my safe deposit box @ my bank.

No worries about trusting a storage company here. TrueCrypt container in a TrueCrypt container. With a key so long and convoluted, a person with a photographic memory probably couldn't memorize it.
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Are you serious? RAID1 is perfect for what he wants. He will always have 2 copies of his data without having to worry about manually copying data or waiting on scheduled backups. I do this with 2 Samsung F3 1TB and couldn't be happier. Every couple weeks I'm going to image the RAID to a 1TB external drive I have just to be sure.

I don't trust offsite backup companies and the only advantage they have over my setup is fire/theft. If either of those happen I have even bigger problems than data loss, but if you're that paranoid throw the external in a fire proof safe after you're done backing up.
Yes I'm serious. I prefer multiple backups in seperate locations.
I have run software raid with linux the past with better results, but have found that the times I have used raid arrays I have experienced more MOBO or raid controller failures then I have ever had hard drives go dead on me. When I sync my new music or camera to my computer all I do is drag and drop the new folder into the networked hard drives running on my linux server in the basement. 10 extra seconds and a couple mouse clicks but also Less money and hassle.
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Personally, I store my RAW and JPEG files on my internal storage drive and my external drive using SyncToy to sync my external. Free download from MS with Windows 7 and it's extremely easy to use.

I also pay $25/yr for Flickr Pro, which gives me access to the original sizes to all my JPEGs and unlimited monthly uploads, so I use that for online storage of all my exported, PP-ed photos as well.

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Yes I'm serious. I prefer multiple backups in seperate locations.
I have run software raid with linux the past with better results, but have found that the times I have used raid arrays I have experienced more MOBO or raid controller failures then I have ever had hard drives go dead on me. When I sync my new music or camera to my computer all I do is drag and drop the new folder into the networked hard drives running on my linux server in the basement. 10 extra seconds and a couple mouse clicks but also Less money and hassle.
I can think of many professional photographers who can attest to this statement.
post #17 of 22
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No worries about trusting a storage company here. TrueCrypt container in a TrueCrypt container. With a key so long and convoluted, a person with a photographic memory probably couldn't memorize it.
I keep all my sensitive data in Truecrypt containers as well, but I still don't like to rely on other companies backup solutions. I prefer to have my own.
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post #18 of 22
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Yes I'm serious. I prefer multiple backups in seperate locations.
I have run software raid with linux the past with better results, but have found that the times I have used raid arrays I have experienced more MOBO or raid controller failures then I have ever had hard drives go dead on me. When I sync my new music or camera to my computer all I do is drag and drop the new folder into the networked hard drives running on my linux server in the basement. 10 extra seconds and a couple mouse clicks but also Less money and hassle.
If your mobo or RAID controller fails you should still be able to recover your data from the hdd with a RAID 1. It's just 2 hdd's with exact copies of the same data (data mirroring).
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If your mobo or RAID controller fails you should still be able to recover your data from the hdd with a RAID 1. It's just 2 hdd's with exact copies of the same data (data mirroring).
I know how raid 1 works, but But I prefer not to even have to mess with all that. I feel safer with data as important as my photographs in 2 completely different physical locations, not on two drives in the same computer. 1 major computer catastrophe, and that data is gone for good even if it is in raid 1.
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I know how raid 1 works, but But I prefer not to even have to mess with all that. I feel safer with data as important as my photographs in 2 completely different physical locations, not on two drives in the same computer. 1 major computer catastrophe, and that data is gone for good even if it is in raid 1.
That's why I image to an external once in awhile too.
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