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| p.1 #1 · NAS box / RAID solution or Manual drive copy or Real Backup Solution |
Interested to hear what you guys are using out there.
I have been using 2 HDs that I keep offline and do a manual mirroring backup on a periodic basis – I don’t keep version control and keep track of dates – it just a basic copy of images that I no longer want to keep on my computer. I keep an onboard RAID 1 array for the online stuff.
So now, the offline HDs are full, I can either get new bigger drives and start all over again or go for a 5 disc NAS box – RAID 5 solution or get a real backup solution.
The bigger drives solution is the simplest but it only works great if I don’t want to go back and reprocess any images from the backup drives – its a PIA if I want to re-process any old images and keep my manual mirroring in sync.
The 5 HD NAS would add a bunch of new functionality but it also means I have to keep a 5 HD array up and running and if I had a controller failure, I would need to find a NAS box from the same manufacturer and compatible model to read the array – not as simple as finding an eSATA HD reader. Plus real NAS boxes are expensive.
The third solution is of course, getting a real backup solution to address the risk of file corruption, human errors and disaster recovery but not sure what software solution, storage media and off-site storage schemes are you guys using? How many versions back are you guys keeping?