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Posted 14 November 2008 - 10:47 AM
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Posted 14 November 2008 - 02:49 PM
I'd say DLT tape but that involves getting the drive etc. which can be costly. It really depends on how much you're storing to make it worth it.
I like the 1TB hard drive as its cheap, holds a lot, and you can access it when you want. Get 3 and stick them on a hub.
LTO is nice just bloody expensive.
Edited by Daniel Ashley-Smith, 14 November 2008 - 02:53 PM.
Posted 14 November 2008 - 04:27 PM
How much material (in GB) do you need to backup? PM me, may be able to help you.
Posted 14 November 2008 - 04:49 PM
Posted 16 November 2008 - 12:42 PM
I'm thinking I'll need at least a TB for storage. I like Daniel's ideas about buying an external hard drive and sticking them on a hub. That will probably be the cheapest method. I'll definitely look into the LTO4 and see if that can be an option for another project. Thanks for the help.
It may be the cheapest but it may also be the least reliable. If a hard drive sits static for a while on a shelf, then is restarted months or years later, errors and critical data loss can occur. Is your creative magic and caring that you spent on your project worth a cheap back up solution? Also, on an environmental note, having to consistently back up to the latest hard drive type uses energy. Having to maintain those storage mediums over time uses energy, or should I say, it uses more than a reliable long term solution. Certainly, separation masters are the best archival medium known, but also expensive. Look around for an appropriate solution, but avoid the long term hard drive method like the plague.
Posted 16 November 2008 - 05:25 PM
I'm not sure if these will deal with non-business customers but they are offering a cheap LTO drive:
Failing that there are DAT drives, holding a similar amount to the low end LTO drives just a hell of a lot cheaper. I don't know how reliable DAT tape is, perhaps someone else here can fill that one in.
But as I say, it really depends how large and important the work is. If it will fit, DVD discs are reliable provided they are looked after. Same with blu-ray.
Edited by Daniel Ashley-Smith, 16 November 2008 - 05:29 PM.
Posted 16 November 2008 - 06:49 PM
Older LTO and DAT tapes are fine, its just their capacity is pretty low/ they are really slow. For instance, the LTO1 drive you linked only holds 100gb native and writes at 7.5Mbps. LTO4 for example, has an 800gb native capacity and writes at 120MB/s.