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Thread started 05 Aug 2014 (Tuesday) 18:48
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POLL: "How do you store your photos safely?"
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How does everyone safely store their photo collection?

 
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Aug 09, 2014 19:41 |  #31

5 drive Synology NAS which can tolerate the failure of any single disk and keep working.

Backed up to 2 alternating USB drives and Crashplan.




  
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Aug 09, 2014 21:11 |  #32

internal drive, duplicated to external drive, plus cloud backup (crashplan).


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Aug 10, 2014 01:09 |  #33

About 70Tb (so far) of portable external drives in the 2Tb size. I'm thinking of adding 2Tb to my router as a network server for some pictures.


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Aug 10, 2014 05:38 |  #34

Home PC hard drive, 3Tb external drive on desk, 3TB external drive offsite in desk drawer at work, NAS at home (separate room) and another 2Tb external drive upstairs in a spare bedroom/junkroom.


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Aug 10, 2014 08:22 |  #35

I am in a big mess, so my photos are separated in many different harddisks, once i come back from my travel then i will collect them all into one HDD and then i buy one or 2 more if it didn't exceed 2TB yet and copy it on all other HDDs as backups, i know any can be corrupted or damaged, but i don't believe that they will damage all once at the same time, so i can make backup again from working one until i fix the corrupted one or buy another one.


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Aug 10, 2014 12:24 |  #36

D: and E: HDDs in my system. I bought a couple of 500GB Seagate USB3 external HDDs but one of them has already failed after maybe using it 30 times total. My PC case has a hot-swap drive bay in it, so I'm thinking about just getting a couple of internal HDDs and using them as external backups. I also have a 120GB internal solid-state drive I'm using as an external backup.

Not doing CDs or DVDs anymore...


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Aug 10, 2014 12:30 |  #37

Two external hard drives, nas and drop box.


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Aug 11, 2014 03:44 |  #38

Synology NAS at home, and an external drive at my wide's parents, synced when we go there (so around once a month).

I'm thinking about updating my NAS at home with a Raid 5 ready one, and therefore my current NAS could replace the external drive.


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Aug 11, 2014 05:38 as a reply to  @ Reiep's post |  #39

3x 2tb external hard drives, 1 is in diffrent location and I back it up about once a month.


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Aug 11, 2014 10:33 |  #40

I have a fairly elaborate setup which I describe in detail here:

http://forums.redflagd​eals.com …digital-memories-1392711/ (external link)

Highlights: as many other people in this thread, I store my whole digital archive (not just photos) on multiple hard drives at different locations, under different OS (to minimize bugs threat). I change my hard drives every 3-4 years. And very importantly, every time I copy my data from one hard drive to the rest, I run a bit-by-bit comparsison test of all the files in the archive between different copies, to catch bit rot. (Data stored on any medium - optical, hard drive etc - slowly decays with time.) Finally, I compute and maintain a list of hashes (digital signatures) for all my files. If bit rot happens (so far it only happened once, to an old jpeg image), the hash table will let me find the corrupted file.


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Aug 12, 2014 05:51 |  #41

Simon_Gardner wrote in post #17086889 (external link)
About 70Tb (so far) of portable external drives in the 2Tb size. I'm thinking of adding 2Tb to my router as a network server for some pictures.

70 TBs worth of photos? You must keep all your RAW files.


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Aug 12, 2014 09:57 |  #42

Two Western Digital My Books, over 6 years, never a problem. I don't trust the cloud with anything. Zappo's got hacked as did Amazon, the Russians hacked 2 million passwords, I want everything where I can put my hands on it and where no one can pull anything off a distant server, especially intellectual property such as photos. But the cloud's a great money maker for service providers and website who keep trying to push it.


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Aug 12, 2014 10:10 |  #43

Simon_Gardner wrote in post #17086889 (external link)
About 70Tb (so far) of portable external drives in the 2Tb size.

How can you find anything when your stuff is dispersed over many HDs?


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Aug 12, 2014 10:48 |  #44

I just saw the post about 70TB of images and did some quick math. That turns out to be something like 3,000,000 images. If you put those into a movie playing at 24 frames a second your talking about a 36 hour long movie. Or put another way, if you figure 10 seconds per image to download, that's 347 days of downloading non stop. And how do you back up 70TB?


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Aug 12, 2014 10:51 |  #45

I'm guessing that was a typo and it's more like 7TB.


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