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Noam Osband
Does this set up make sense?
on Oct 4, 2011 at 7:01:25 am

I want to start being a bit more forward thinking about how I backup data since HD footage takes up crazy memory.

I was all set to set up a full on RAID and switch to swappable drives but I'm thinking about not doing it and I want to talk it through with people.

This year, I'm going to finish editing two projects. One of them is 4TB of data that I have on 2 2tb drives. The other one i havent edited yet, but I dont imagine needing more than 2TB of data. Beyond those two project, I have my computer, music library, and DVD library backed up on some 1TB drives (everything combined comes in under 1TB. it's on multiple drives) and older film work all fits on one 1TB drive that I also have backed up multiple times.

I'll be starting a long term project next year that will be my largest one yet, but I will be shooting for over a year before I even begin editing. The storage need that will have is simply storing AVCHD cards.

I'm thinking that I will hold off on buying a more complicated set up because it seems my needs can be met by buying a bunch of 2TB external drives. For the projects I'm editing this year, I can pack up the larger one on two 2TB and the other one on 2TB. Not all those drives need be G-Tech/expensive drives (what I use for editing) because I wont be editing off all those drives. Some will be simply for backup.

I didnt realize how cheap 2tb drives go now; I was seeing ones from major brands like Western Digital on Amazon for under 90. I thought I would save money by going to swappable external HD's but it seems worth the extra money to have ones that are enclosed and portable, as I can use them anywhere instead of needing to make sure I can insert the swappable drive somewhere.

Bottom line: I'm thinking of buying a bunch of enclosed external HDs, half of which will be G-Tech HDs I use to edit, and the other ones being Western Digital or some similar brand.

Make sense? Am I missing something here? Any advice would be great!


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Walter Soyka
Re: Does this set up make sense?
on Oct 4, 2011 at 4:17:10 pm

A RAID system will cost a bit more, but it will give you a larger volume size, more speed, and some redundancy to protect you from limited hard disk failures. You'll have to decide if those features are worth the added cost to you.

I'd add this advice:

All hard drives fail -- it's a matter of when, not if. Back everything up, because if you only have one copy of a piece of data, you are a quick accident or equipment failure away from having zero copies.

RAID is not backup, so this advice applies to RAID systems as well. Even if you get a RAID, you might do well to also get additional hard drives so you can keep multiple copies of the same data.

Walter Soyka
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Bob Zelin
Re: Does this set up make sense?
on Oct 5, 2011 at 3:51:51 am

what a great post -
this should be the heading of every drive forum, including SAN Networks -

All hard drives fail - its a matter of when, not if.

RAID is not backup

Bob Zelin -

I have to copy your post to other forums. Such a great post.

bob



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Walter Soyka
Re: Does this set up make sense?
on Oct 5, 2011 at 11:41:51 am

Thank you, Bob. Feel free to copy and paste at will.

Next, we need a mascot, a la Smokey the Bear: "Only YOU can prevent data loss."

Walter Soyka
Principal & Designer at Keen Live
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
RenderBreak Blog - What I'm thinking when my workstation's thinking
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