Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/08/04

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Subject: [Leica] Consensus on external hard drives
From: simon.ogilvie at (Simon Ogilvie)
Date: Fri Aug 4 04:37:38 2006
References: <> <000901c6ac4b$69db6b30$6101a8c0@jimnichols> <> <> <> <p0623090ac0e6ced03394@>

Phew!  Reading this makes me want to go back to using film! ;-)


On 7/21/06, Henning Wulff <> wrote:
> Beyond my own needs I've been involved in helping others set up
> backup/archive systems.
> My main machine, a Mac, has a 120Gb startup drive and two fast 80Gb
> drives striped RAID drives for Photoshop's use for swap files (and
> some very large interim files) and firewire drives for image storage.
> At present 300Gb drives are in the sweet spot for capacity/dollar
> here, so that is what I get. I put them into inexpensive third party
> (firewire) enclosures, and everything works fine. I generally use
> Seagate drives, as I've had a lot more failed Western Digital and
> Maxtor on a percentage basis, and others are generally not cost
> effective here. This is based on about 100 drives over the past 3
> years. Not a huge number, but good enough for me.
> I have used and have experience with about 6 LaCie drives/enclosures.
> The mechanisms are mostly Western Digital (see above) and three of
> the enclosures have had failures of one sort or another, a far higher
> percentage than the other enclosures. I like the look of the LaCie,
> but not the reliability.
> I generally have one current drive with images on line. I back that
> up regularly to a similarly sized second drive (I use a utility
> called DejaVu, but there are others that work - NOT Silverkeeper
> which tends to drop files). The file structure is identical on all
> drives except for the jpegs and scans (see below). The second drive
> only gets fired up to do a backup. A third drive also gets a backup,
> but this one is used via Adobe's DNG converter (I shoot almost
> exclusively RAW) so that I have another format. I also put the jpegs,
> scans etc in another folder. When a set of three drives is full, I
> bring one to my wife's office and keep the DNG drive in a fireproof
> safe. The third drive gets used when I need photos from that drive,
> and it gets kept connected (but powered down) at my computer. My
> catalog resides on my main drive, and is done with iView. My main
> drive also gets backed up automatically daily, and manually to
> another drive once a week. The RAID setup doesn't get backed up.
> I've had too many experiences with unreadable CD's and DVD's to trust
> them for long term storage.
> --
>    *            Henning J. Wulff
>   /|\      Wulff Photography & Design
> /###\
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