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Old March 24th, 2009, 12:19 AM   #1
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Blu Ray Backup for P2

Hello,

Quick one. Using an HVX 200 - and MacBook Pro to offload LOTS of P2 footage, backing up footage to 1 primary and 2 back-up TB drives, BUT 2 of my G-Raid 1 TB drives went down! Yikes...Getting them refurbished and backing them up...again. *Sigh*

Needless to say, I am worried about these potentially fickle drives.

So, I am now looking at Blu-Ray as a Hard back-up to my footage so i will have it in 3 drives AND backed up to Blu Ray just as a precaution...Ideas?

I have just finished filling up my first TB and with 2 back-ups, am now trying to figure out which Blu-Ray Burner to buy (best deal, price, recommendations, etc), any info on discs to purchase or overall advice, as these 2 recent drives going down have understandably got me panicked.

Basically, any and all information about the Blu Ray world, as the online forums have left my head in a tizzy especially after almost losing 2 hard drives recently.

Help.

And thank you!

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Old March 24th, 2009, 10:42 AM   #2
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We use blu ray to back up our files from a Sony EX1. Right now the cheapest discs are the 25 gig ones. I think we were able to get them for around $5 a disc or so.

The 50 gig dual layer discs are much more expensive and harder to find.

We use Toast 9 on our macs to burn the discs using external burners through USB. Not the fastest way to do it but it was pretty cost effective.

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Old March 24th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #3
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Have you looked into LTO instead? Much more reliable long term and more suitable to long-term backup than Blu-Ray.

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Old March 26th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #4
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thanks

'ppreciate the help guy.

think i am going for a blu-ray just as a precautionary measure.

you guys rock.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 06:47 AM   #5
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For short term backups, blu-rays, dvds, etc - will do. Long term, data tapes (DLT, SDLT, LTO, etc) - are the best.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #6
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Does anyone have a favorite recommendation for specific DLT, LTO drives? At my old work, we had the Quantum DLT-6000, which was okay, but a bit slow and clunky and it was pretty costly as I recall, somewhere around $6-$7k. Looking for a good longterm backup for a lot less money, if it exists.

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Old April 5th, 2009, 08:33 PM   #7
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Yes - CDW sells one Quantum DLT tape drive for less than US$1K. Connects via USB 2.0 and eSATA. Use eSATA and you can get pretty good speed.

CDW Product Overview : Quantum DLT-V4 Tape Drive-USB2.0 and eSATA

Other websites can get slightly lower prices too.
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Old April 6th, 2009, 09:50 AM   #8
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Hi Ting Sern:

This looks very interesting. In the specs, it only lists compatibility with PC and Unix, I wonder if it will work with Macs?

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Old April 6th, 2009, 10:08 AM   #9
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Hardware wise, I don't think it pose an issue. As long as you have an eSATA card plugged into the Mac - and have an appropriate device driver loaded for the eSATA card, the device should not pose a problem for the Mac.

Software wise - that will be a problem. I don't know of any tape backup software running on Mac OS ...

Alternatively, if you have a PC, you can connect the tape drive to your PC. Then toss your Mac files into a USB portable drive - then you can transfer the data to your PC and backup to tape that way.
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