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Old October 25th, 2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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I have done searches on google and several forums but consensus is all over the place.

I have lots of pictures and movies to store.
Probably several terabytes.
I would like to have a backup on an external drive and online.
I do not need the access to be fast as this will be archival storage only.

I think a few 2TB external drives would be better than a couple 4TB drives. In case one fails, only half as much would get "lost".

1. What is the best online storage site? I looked into AWs glacier but it seems too complicated for me.

2. What are best external drives? WD, seagate, etc? They make them cheaper (worse quality every year) and I would like something that lasts. This will not see regular use, except to backup files once in a while and store in a safe place.

What do you use or recommend?
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Old October 25th, 2013, 02:04 PM   #2
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For archival, I use a bunch of USB sticks. Maybe a little inconvenient, but they are cheap and last a long time- no moving parts. Small enough that they don't take up much space.

Might not be great for terabyte's worth though.
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anyone know where I csn get an external hd recovered? mine died (in an mc accident) sand has all of my tranny porn on it. I don't want to go back and try to download it all off the interwebz again
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Is all the data in one place now? Just pick up an external drive capable of storing all the data and make a backup copy and keep it off site somewhere. You can use a program like robocopy that will only copy new data.

So then you have it in two different drives in two different physical locations.

WD Red drives are good.
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For online I found these:
Bitcasa: https://www.bitcasa.com/pricing
Backblaze: https://secure.backblaze.com/buy.htm
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McAffee: http://home.mcafee.com/store/online-backup

Anyone has any experience with them? For $60-$100/year you get unlimited storage.
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I have a couple WD externals and have zero complaints about them. One is a backup for my desktop and another holds my music and the first backs up both. I wouldn't have a problem with terabytes of WD backup.
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Is all the data in one place now? Just pick up an external drive capable of storing all the data and make a backup copy and keep it off site somewhere. You can use a program like robocopy that will only copy new data.

So then you have it in two different drives in two different physical locations.
I use external drives and store some stuff online. I am just worried that one day they will kick the bucket. I'm looking to get some drives that can safely last few years without worry.

Whenever I am about to buy a new drive, there is always scary reviews (and lots of them) of drives crashing within a year or even sooner.

That's why I also would like to move everything to an online storage site.
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I have a couple WD externals and have zero complaints about them. One is a backup for my desktop and another holds my music and the first backs up both. I wouldn't have a problem with terabytes of WD backup.
Good to know. I have Toshiba drives for a couple years now and they seem good so far, but it's time to retire them.
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Ok maybe a network attached storage device with either mirroring, raid 5, or raid 10.

That way if a disk fails, your data is still there and you just replace your disk and it repairs the mirror/raid. Then in addition to that, a single external drive of which WD red have been good to me.

I don't know much about the online options.
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Seems like you cant go wrong here (3tb have bad reviews but 2 and 4 seems great for the money. Thinking about buying a 2tb for myself.)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Expans...+hard+drive+2T
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For archival, I use a bunch of USB sticks. Maybe a little inconvenient, but they are cheap and last a long time- no moving parts. Small enough that they don't take up much space.

Might not be great for terabyte's worth though.
and data lifetime on NAND flash devices isn't super good...
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my terabyte seagate just crashed after 5 years of use
No signs of issue until whammo.

Solid state is the way to go, but pricey. Depends on if the photos/video is irreplacable.
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and data lifetime on NAND flash devices isn't super good...
If you do a lot of read/write cycles. I have some 10 year old flash drives that are still readable. (64mb )
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I have done searches on google and several forums but consensus is all over the place.

I have lots of pictures and movies to store.
Probably several terabytes.
I would like to have a backup on an external drive and online.
I do not need the access to be fast as this will be archival storage only.

I think a few 2TB external drives would be better than a couple 4TB drives. In case one fails, only half as much would get "lost".

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What do you use or recommend?
Sounds like a lot of p0rn
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I use WD external hard drives for all my movies. I've got a 2tb and a 4tb, each hooked up to a WD media player. The 4tb setup on my downstairs TV and the 2 on my upstairs TV. They work great and have never caused any issues.
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I use WD external hard drives for all my movies. I've got a 2tb and a 4tb, each hooked up to a WD media player. The 4tb setup on my downstairs TV and the 2 on my upstairs TV. They work great and have never caused any issues.
Thats a lot of tranny porn.

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