Ive put the date in the title becuase this info may go out of date!
I use a few years old Mac. and some (accounts/letter) PCs on a network the accounts are back up seperately and not of concern to this thread
I have been managing my data - still photos for years in a simple manner..
Date based external HDs (USB connection type cheap ones)
ie I have two HDs maybe Jan10_A and Jan10_B (so far I have 20X2 - 40 HDs)
I store the Bs at an ofsite location
I also store client jpg client delivers somewhere else (as well)
Should I need a picture from Setp09 I just get the HD out of my box plug it an and copy the picture(s) to my main drive and do the work
Just like my negatives! - filed in date folders - 'Jan-Jun 1996' etc
I have a database of what I shot when so easily know the date to look for
I feel disconection from the mains and web (my box of HDs) provides a strong 'firewall'
I feel the probability of both A and B failing to boot at the same time is low (should A or B fail I would imediately create a C)
Not very technical but it seems to work
This is begining to be a PITA now I am shooting a lot of video
-I cannot edit video smoothly when it is on a USB HD
-copying a video project onto my regular HD may take hours
-I cannot put Files of over 4GB onto my External HDs
I am not a fan of Raid or NAS systems because they are too complex and dont seem to deal with the concept of
"I have infinite DATA and it will never all be 'online' at once"
They are not fire/burglar/coffee spill/flood proof
All data is in one location
They are too complex for me
I have a fairly poor internet connection - so I dont think clouds are there for me yet
SO being a non nerd - certainly not up for reading computer forums I heard the mention of the word DROBO and thought 'this sounds right'
-edit speed FW connection
-lots of cheap drives
-possiblity of handling over 4gb files
I then watched the DROBO intro video.. http://www.drobo.com/resources/drobodemo.php
And was immediately put off, the girl mentions that 'drobo backs up your data automatically'
No good - Im convinced that will get in a mess, say I have 4 1TB discs plugged in but 30TB worth of disks near by
All I want is the chuck some HDs in a slot and they appear as external drives on the desktop (or better still on the network)
Ill handle the data management myself (just like I handle exposure myself thanks!)
Any thoughts on a system in the DROBO price bracket - maybe I can get a drobo and just turn the auto stuff off ?
If I am going for 'bare' HDs I feel when offline they shoudl be stored in plastic containers (coffee spill proof) - source of these?