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    After a scare this week when the computer PSU blew up, We thought we'd lost our photos on the hard drive. Luckily we hadn't.

    What do you lot do to securely store/backup ya photos?

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    I have a plug in usb2 hard drive that I store my photos on as well as the computers hard drive.

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    I do a DVD backup of all of my important files, music and photos every 3 months.

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    Combination of both of the above, I have a external hard drive (fire wire connection, it's faster) which I do a full back up on most weeks.
    Plus copies of photos/videos burnt onto DVD.

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    One of these.....



    .... TeraStation Pro 1Tb as per this thread.

    1TB (1,000Mb) of space over 4 x 250Gb drives. Set up as a RAID 5 array so one drive can fail and the data is still intact due to the way it stripes the data over the drives. Simply fit a new drive and it rebuilds the data onto that drive. Around 700Mb of usable space once you take into account the space used by the RAID 5 and the devices OS.

    Periodic backups onto an external Firewire drives (plugs straight into the back of the device) which is stored in a safe plus backups on DVD now and again to add another level of backup.

    When I come in from a (digital) shoot, first thing I do is copy the images off the card onto the device, then burn a DVD to go into the safe before I start to work on any of them.

    Think I'm reasonably well covered - I hope!

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    I've got RAID 5 on my server and also backup to Travan tapes daily. Rotated over 3 consecutive days.

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    I've got a 1Tb TeraStation similar to Duncan although mine is a home server model which features a built in media server. I have it configured in a RAID5 array formation so if a drive dies I can rebuild the data onto a replacement drive. Before this I had all my music and photos on a single 300Gb IDE hard drive ... I like to live on the edge

    I did consider an external backup solution such as tape or even DVDs but I'm not organised enough to do it every time I add data ... this way I store the data on the terastation, connect it and my pc into a gigabit backbone and I don't have to be very organised!

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    Thats some serious kit there.....What does that cost and how many degrees do you need to set them up!

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    Depends how much stuff you got etc.

    Personally I would recommend you get an identical sized harddisk and use a bit of software called Norton Ghost. Creates an entire copy of the harddisk that is easily restored via. a boot disk. Under £100?

    Or external USB drive 300gb £75 from PC World (Spit..)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brocks View Post
    Thats some serious kit there.....What does that cost and how many degrees do you need to set them up!
    Well the one I have is £500 + VAT, and a couple of Gigabit PCI cards and a Gigabit switch to plug into my ADSL router.

    Setting up is not complex, you can be using it pretty much straight out of the box - or you can spend a bit of time configuring bits of it in the web interface. Things like scheduled backups to an external USB drive that plugs in the back of it, scheduled scans to make sure it's all working fine along with e-mail reports it sends out after the scans to tell you the staus. Plus a bunch of other nifty features for a networking environment.

    It's as John says, it depends how much stuff you have - along with how important it is to you! My data/images are crucial to me, so I need to ensure that I'll never have the situation where I lose them.

    If you've got all the images on a hard disk inside the PC, you may well be fine with an option John gave - just plug in an external USB drive on a regular basis to mirror/ghost or backup what's on the PC.

    It really depends on how much stuff you have and how crucial it is to you.

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