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Subject: [Leica] Consensus on external hard drives
From: nathan at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Thu Jul 20 21:35:20 2006
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Hi Don,

Following Brian's advice regarding sizes (which he has posted before), I 
buy the biggest drive that he considers safe. This used to mean 250 GB, 
now upped to 400-500 GB, as he just wrote. I am on my third external 
drive now. They are all connected to my PC but are always powered off 
when I am not actually writing to them or retrieving files from them. 
All my RAW files and TIFF files (which contain my adjustments) are on 
these external HDs. In addition, I also burn them on DVDs so that I have 
two copies of everything; and I keep the DVDs in my office so that if my 
house burns down my images will still be available.

I also stay away from all backup utilities, especially ones that 
compress the files--then you are dependent on operating systems and 
software continuity. I just use the copy-paste commands, and I am sure 
that my HDs will be readable by the next generation of Windows, or by 
OSX if I migrate wholesale to the Mac. Logically, if I have no problems 
reading files written by Windows onto my 2 GB USB stick when I plug in 
that USB stick into my Powerbook, then the same should be true of a 200 
GB hard drive.


Don Dory wrote:
> Jim,
> The thought of changed operating systems has concerned me as well.  
> When the
> evil empire formally upgrades OS whenever then I will look at Mac and the
> deadly nightshade to see what makes sense.  The current machine will
> probably then be used as the public interface with no network 
> connection to
> the other machines.
> Don

Nathan Wajsman
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