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Old May 28th, 2007, 09:21 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Joe Marques View Post
Why not just back up to more than one drive? HDD's are still better than DVD. I think you might be biased because of this one bad experience - I wouldn't abandon HDD's just yet.
I agree 100%. I've had students come to me asking if I still have their material from a previous year because their DVD would no longer play. Sometimes it's their fault because of cheap media or mishandling but I still don't trust DVDs for archiving purposes.
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Old May 28th, 2007, 02:22 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Steve Szudzik View Post
External hard drives can be a great way to go as well. There are a number of really great Firewire & USB drives available now at good prices. I've got a 500 gig WD myBook that's very performant. It's small and portable as well and I can hook it up to any machine I want to. If you think about storage space, that 500 gigs can hold the equivalent of over 50 dual layer DVDs. It's smaller in size than 50 DVDs and I can read & write to it much faster that I can burn all that data to DVD! You can even daisy chain them together, up to 48 over firewire I believe.

I agree 100% with Steve on this. At 500Gb for about $150 or less, you can't beat portable hard drives for a pretty darn reliable form of backing up .m2t files. Let's face it, you are probably not going to be running the drive all that often and from a reliability factor, I think HDD technology has proven to be fairly reliable.

If you are *really* self consience about losing data, then buy twice as many portable hard drives, backup the data identically on both drives, then take your secondary backup device and put it in a safe deposit box at the bank or bring it to a friends house. Now you've covered yourself should some disaster happen to your home/office and the cost to do this is *still* relatively cheap considering the value of your data.

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Old May 28th, 2007, 05:21 PM   #18
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We have never once had a hard drive fail. We use hard drives to back up all of our files. We use Western Digital Drives in a server case and 2.5" Hitachi / Segate Drives for our portable use. Slap them in a firewire case ($10 - $30) and you're set. Don't go pay for an "external" hard drive because they charge way too much for them. Make your own.
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