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i was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion on my backup strategy I am intending to implement. At the moment, I have a very crude backup methodology, essentially my photography work as floated across multiple portable drives of vary sizes. Each of the project's production files get uploaded to my photo-shelter account as means of keeping it offsite and yet accessible by myself and my clients.
Since I work from a notebook, I have finite storage and I am planning to purchase a 3TB external drive that will allow me to place all my projects onto a single drive. Essentially have it plugged into my notebook and add new projects or edit existing projects.
My confusion with external drives has been which one do I get? I have been reading that the enclosures for WD & Seagate external desktop drives have poor ventilation and some folks ended up cooking their drives. Lacie enclosures seem good but do drives get cooked in them as well ? Next is do I get USB3 or Thunderbolt connection port? At the moment my notebook has firewire 800 and USB2 but hopefully in the near future I might move to a new iMac.
Those who work in Lightroom connected to an external drive via USB3 or Thunderbolt, is it quick to work with?
Next part of the backup puzzle, is choosing a NAS type device. I looked at Drobo, QNAP, Synology and a HP Microserver running FreeNAS. Drobo as much as it makes life easy it does have its disadvantages and the initial cost, puts me off.
QNAP and Synology look good, they do offer great 4 and 5 bay options. I may have not done enough homework here but say if there is an internal malfunction which causes the motherboard to fry but the hard drives integrity remain intact, how do I recover my data ? Can I take these drives and put them inside another QNAP or Synology device or am I doomed ? How easy is it for me to plug my external drive to either QNAP or Synology device and sync changes across as well as push new data from external to NAS with the touch of a button.
I haven't quite fully embraced the cloud storage yet because my ADSL connection is quite terrible but hopefully in the future with NBN (aussie thing) it would nice to go from NAS to Amazon cloud seamlessly.
Also is there any option from QNAP/Synology NAS devices that allows you to autonomously backup to another external drive that you can keep offsite?
One of the things I can't seem to wrap my head around is requiring more and more storage space as the years go by. At the moment I can see that 3TB is enough space to see me through Mid 2014 whilst maintaing projects since 2011. Let's say its 2015 and I need to access one of my lightroom catalogs created in 2011, how difficult will it be to access that catalog from NAS device and make the relevant changes via lightroom and not get the lag feel while working via the network. Correct me if I'm wrong but from what I remember, you can't access lightroom catalogs over shared network volumes correct? If this is correct then how do you work around this ?
The HP Microserver option with FreeNAS can give me Drobo like functionality but I feel this may require some tinkering around with bash shell commands. However, microservers are cheap. Again, if the microserver fries it's motherboard, is my data doomed ?
If anyone can offer any suggestions, I'm ready to listen.