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« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2006, 12:04 »
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My external drive is a network drive:

sneaker net  ;)


« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2006, 12:55 »
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My bad, I was thinking of a RAID NAS system, not a single drive.  Like
http://www.dreamhardware.com/store/product/index.php?product_id=545470

Yes you can get a single network hard drive case for a price similar to external USB cases.

Mark


« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2006, 16:40 »
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I once had an automatic backup program on my computer that backed it up everynight to another drive.  I had never had a problem but thought.. just in case.

Three months later my computer crashed.  Good thing I had the backup program :)

So i reinstalled all the programs, and got my data back which was nicely backed up.  Installed the backup software.  and all was well.
Three months later my computer crashed.. hmmm..... :(
I havea slight suspision that the freeware backup program was also a freeware virus, which started reaking havok on my system after 3 months.. so that i was ohh so glad to have the software.....

« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2006, 18:10 »
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Good story.

Mark

« Reply #29 on: May 11, 2006, 22:22 »
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At least any photo you have uploaded anywhere has multiple backups.  If you are on five sites, there are five copies, and all of them will probably have several generations of backups.

« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2006, 08:11 »
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At least any photo you have uploaded anywhere has multiple backups. If you are on five sites, there are five copies, and all of them will probably have several generations of backups.

Yes, that is true. But what is uploaded is usually not the original file. For example, I shoot RAW, make adjustments, convert to TIFF, make further adjustments, and then convert to JPG for upload.

Plus, you would need to pay for them at their largest size.

« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2006, 08:22 »
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Plus, you would need to pay for them at their largest size.

I am sure they would give you a copy for a nominal fee.  I am pretty sure I have seen someone ask before due to their drive failing.

However, the % of my photos actually submitted is a lot less than I take.  I have a lot of personal, non stock orientated photos that are personal momentos from my travels and these while worthless, are more valuable to me than the ones I put on Microstock.   I really do need to sort out a better backup system.

« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2006, 11:10 »
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i don't think i would be to comfortable relying on the micros as my backup system.  As geopappas said, having the raw and tiff are rather valuable.  I think i saw on stockxpert however, that you can download your own images for free.

« Reply #33 on: October 17, 2006, 11:24 »
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I am planning on buying a second external hard disk.  The one I am looking at is a USB 2.0 320gb drive 7200rpm 8mb buffer.

Is there anything I should be looking for in particular or are they all pretty much the same?

« Reply #34 on: October 17, 2006, 11:39 »
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I am planning on buying a second external hard disk. The one I am looking at is a USB 2.0 320gb drive 7200rpm 8mb buffer.

Is there anything I should be looking for in particular or are they all pretty much the same?

When you are buying a drive that will run the OS or will be used as a cache during computation, performance is important.  7200rpm at 8mb buffer is the minimal specs you would want.  But as a backup drive your drive will be writing or reading in constant streams and most of the features don't matter.  So for backup any brand name hard drive will work fine.

Mark

« Reply #35 on: October 17, 2006, 11:58 »
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Thanks Striker. 

I will be using the HD in the laptop for all work and only backing up on a regular basis to the externals.  As the internal is quite small though, it will not be holding any photo older than say 3-6 months old so these will be replicated on the 2 externals.  I would lilke to do a third offsite copy but that isn't viable at the moment.

« Reply #36 on: October 17, 2006, 12:08 »
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having two external usb drives from lacie and one usb drive case, that just holds a regular internal drive, outside the computer.... i would recommend the external case.  It is a cheaper option and when a drive get's full and you are just going to put it on the shelf for storage, you can take it out of the case and put a new one in the case and save $$.


 

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