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Ask Slashdot: Best non-offsite backup/protection of data?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 2 years ago

Data Storage 3

An anonymous reader writes "I know that most people out there use backup services into the cloud now, offsite, but does anyone out there have good ideas on how to best protect data without it leaving the site? I'm a photographer and shoot 32GB to 64GB in a couple of hours. I've got about 8TB of images over the past decade and just can't imagine paying to host them somewhere offsite. I don't make enough money as it is. Currently I just redundantly back them up to hard drives in different rooms of my house, but that's a total crapshoot — if there's a fire, I'd be out of luck. Does anyone keep a hard disk or NAS inside a fireproof safe? In a bunker in the cellar? In the detatched garage? It's so much data that even doing routine backups bogs the system down for days. I'd love suggestions, especially from gamers or videographers who have TBs they need to back up, on what options there are on a limited budget to maximize protection. Thank you!"

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iosafe (1)

zunder1990 (2427806) | more than 2 years ago | (#40950043) [] If you buy two, put one in your house. Then put the other one at a friends/families house. Then all you have to do is swap them ever now to keep all the data up to date.

USB drives, in duplicate (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 2 years ago | (#40950845) [] If you buy two, put one in your house. Then put the other one at a friends/families house. Then all you have to do is swap them ever now to keep all the data up to date.

I do something analogous to this. We have a headless server [] with 6TB of internal hard drives, which automatically backs up onto three 2TB USB drives. Every week or two, I swap the USB drives with another set, which are kept in an insulated box in our garage (a separate building). That covers live backup, including the subset of photographs we've decided to keep (on the web server) as well as our other files.

When processing of a shoot is done with, the raw images from the cameras and associated conversion parameter files are transferred in duplicate from a desktop PC onto a pair of USB drives. One of these drives stays in the house, the other goes to the garage until it's needed again. When full, the drives are archived with appropriate sticky labels. Some of my older raw files are on DVD-R disks, but I switched a few years ago to using 1TB USB drives in duplicate, and last year switched to using 2TB USB drives. Readability of the archived drives is checked annually - I do it during Christmas vacations, but any set time would do. So far, none of the USB disks has failed, but if any do fail, there is a duplicate of it.

BTW, I'm not a professional photographer, but perhaps at the more serious end of the hobbyist range. If I were a pro, I'd probably be more paranoid.

Mitigating risk for personal data... (1)

wermske (1781984) | more than 2 years ago | (#40950455)

You've already determined "something" needs to be done. You already "feel" the urge to mitigate risk. All that understood... Determine your risk posture to include an honest assessment of your personal discipline, demeanor, and determination. Inventory your assets and assign a replacement (time and money) value.

Don't overlook this exercise. Unnecessary (unintended) duplication is a constant threat. You've already determined that you are cost/price sensitive. Reducing cost requires effort. It is critical that you know what you are archiving.

Consider Mozy [] . At about $5.99/mo, they are an lowcost online backup service. YMMV

Consider Dropbox [] . Interesting, browsable solution that includes sharing features and integrates syncing behavior with your various systems.

I for a while, I had a DIY 8TB external raid enclosure that I was experimenting with that allowed me the option of creating snapshot disk set for offsite storage.

Some may think a bank vault is overkill, but consider... for prices ranging from $10-$50/yr for a safe deposit box, a DIY off-site solution might be a reasonable alternative. Your rotation strategy and discipline are "effort offsets" that you will need to think about. I found that approach to be pragmatic for a discrete period in my life.

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