Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/07/20

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Subject: [Leica] Consensus on external hard drives
From: yongwei.chan at (Chan Yong Wei)
Date: Thu Jul 20 21:54:57 2006
References: <> <000901c6ac4b$69db6b30$6101a8c0@jimnichols> <> <>

I found this link - and its comments - very useful on this topic.

LaCie drives are criticised, and WD/Seagate options endorsed.


On 7/21/06, Nathan Wajsman <> wrote:
> 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.
> Nathan
> 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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