SnapperTalk

March 9th, 2006

RAID for Photographers

Posted by Ben in Gear, Macintosh, Windows

Raid Drives

I’ve just had two internal hard-drives fail on me which will be the fourth set of drives to fail in as many years, and I’m talking mechanically-dead failures, not formatting problems. Fortunately I have backups, but with every digital photo I’ve ever shot stored on hard-disk – now approaching the 100,000 mark – it’s made me think a lot more seriously about proper archiving of images, as that is a LOT to lose if things go wrong. Ideally one should have backups both on multiple hard-drives and on multiple DVDs, but for the moment I’ve been looking at hard-drive based RAID solutions. That’s not to discount the definite value of DVD backups, especially when stored well and offsite, just that they are pretty self-explanatory.

After encountering a lot of useful information on the subject I thought I’d write an in-depth look at the risks of data-loss for photographers and how to counter them using hard-disk-based RAID systems, examining the following areas:

1. The risks of data-loss for photographers
2. RAID – What it is, what it does do, what it doesn’t do, and why it is useful
3. Backup strategies and software
4. Hard-drive interfaces
5. Network Attached Storage (NAS)
6. Roll-your-own NAS/File-server
7. What hardware to choose

Click here for the full article

Keep in mind an old adage…
THERE ARE ONLY TWO TYPES OF HARD DRIVES:
THOSE THAT HAVE FAILED, AND THOSE THAT WILL FAIL

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