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John Perez
Archiving Finished Client Projects (Weddings, etc)
on Jun 15, 2015 at 5:40:56 pm

I copied with trimmed source material to its own folder which I will then burn onto Blu-Ray data disk. Is this the correct way to go?

As always thanks so much to you guys...Johnny In Orlando


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John Rofrano
Re: Archiving Finished Client Projects (Weddings, etc)
on Jun 15, 2015 at 11:36:08 pm

I am of the firm believe that "if it ain't backed up in 2 places... it ain't backed up!" I would go even further as to add "... on 2 different media". Personally, the Blu-ray method is fine, but I'd get a couple of WD Passport 1TB USB 3.0 drives and back them up there was well. Whenever NewEgg has these drives on sale for $59 I always pick up a couple. This way you have two backups just in case one fails over time.

~jr

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John Perez
Re: Archiving Finished Client Projects (Weddings, etc)
on Jun 16, 2015 at 2:45:41 am

But don't all drives die? And the Blu-Ray discs are longer-lasting?

As always thanks so much to you guys...Johnny In Orlando


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John Rofrano
Re: Archiving Finished Client Projects (Weddings, etc)
on Jun 16, 2015 at 10:47:16 am

[John Perez] "But don't all drives die? And the Blu-Ray discs are longer-lasting?"
Yes, drives can die just sitting in the drawer. That's why you need file on multiple media. Blu-ray is said to last 100 years, so are DVD's but they haven't been around long enough to prove it yet. If I had to use one, it would be optical media like you did.

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Aaron Star
Re: Archiving Finished Client Projects (Weddings, etc)
on Jun 16, 2015 at 6:29:15 pm

I agree with John about the multiple backups. Drives from 2 different manufactures can help to protect against getting a "bad run" and having 2 drives fail at the same age. I do agree that WD or HGST are the most reliable.

LG has M-DISC which looks interesting and speaks to the issues with DVD plastic and dye failures. The downside appears that DVD media is quickly becoming the VHS of late.

Lately GDrive is starting to seem like a good long term storage solution. Gdrive allows 5TB uploads. Zip with no compression (no compression gains on codec files) and upload, pay the yearly storage costs. You do need solid upload bandwidth and this means business class internet, and not residential. This would be a long term storage solution, and so the files would not be instantly available like a usb drive, but has the added value of offsite storage.


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Bob Peterson
Re: Archiving Finished Client Projects (Weddings, etc)
on Jun 16, 2015 at 11:01:43 pm

All media dies. Especially optical media which is not burned to professional standards by professional equipment. My backups these days include two hard drives plus images burned to two different formulations of optical disk. I don't have the numbers, but my guess is that four independent sources are MUCH LESS likely to fail than one set of optical disks.


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John Perez
Re: Archiving Finished Client Projects (Weddings, etc)
on Jun 20, 2015 at 12:51:44 am

Yes, thank you for these ideal solutions. It getting all so expensive, though...

As always thanks so much to you guys...Johnny In Orlando


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Wayne Waag
Re: Archiving Finished Client Projects (Weddings, etc)
on Jun 20, 2015 at 1:08:14 am

Johnny,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought you were concerned about archiving project files for clients such as weddings. While I concur with comments about multiple backups using different media and that nothing lasts forever, archiving for clients is not the same as archiving your daughter growing up and saving it for future generations. It would seem that after a certain period of time, 1 or 2 years or whatever period of time is in your contract, you could simply erase them, free up disk space and move on unless there was something of particular interest to you--not the client. Just an opinion.

wwaag


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John Rofrano
Re: Archiving Finished Client Projects (Weddings, etc)
on Jun 20, 2015 at 2:03:27 pm

[Wayne Waag] "It would seem that after a certain period of time, 1 or 2 years or whatever period of time is in your contract, you could simply erase them, free up disk space and move on unless there was something of particular interest to you--not the client. Just an opinion."
This would have to be in your contract with the client but I agree. You should set expectations on how long you will retain their data and perhaps charge extra to retain it longer. ;-)

~jr

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