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Are you backing up your digital collection ?

post #1 of 85
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I work in a role where we feel the impact of 'bad batches' from hard drive manufacturers, and its never a happy day when someone comes in, on the verge of tears, and tells you that all their wedding photos/kids birthday parties etc are on that dead hard drive. For Head-Fiers with thousands of albums on disk, it would have to rank somewhere up there with the loss of a limb.

 

You can get a portable external HDD for less than a hundred bucks. Unless you really want to spend a weekend (month ?) re-ripping everything on your hard drive, it strikes me as a good investment. I'm copying my library across as I type this :)

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 85

YES! It's all volume leveled, album art embedded, and tagged, and exists on my Laptop, Digital Audio Player, and TB Portable HDD!

 

post #3 of 85

Hey Now,

 

Yeppers! I backup to a 1TB Mirrored Raid 0 once a day and when I am done adding to the current state of the library it is backed up to an external 1TB naked drive through a Newer Technology Voyager for off-site storage. I'm a bit paranoid. I lost several years worth of gathering/ripping tunes when a backup job when terribly awry 8^(. 

 

Whenever anyone asks me about buying a computer, I tell them include the cost of a backup solution.

 

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Finest kind,

Chris who paid the stupid tax

post #4 of 85
I was, unfortunately Windows now detects my external as malfunctioning and I lost nearly 50% of my library as well as 200-ish gigs of anime. :[
post #5 of 85

With hard drives so cheap, why wouldn't you? Even if all your music is on cd's, it takes a lot of time to rip anything over 100 or so cds.

 

I have all my music in a RAID 1 setup at home and a hard drive I keep at work, which I update once a month. I'm really looking forward to when cloud storage becomes more affordable.

post #6 of 85

I'm considering backing up my backup.

post #7 of 85
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Originally Posted by Radioking59 View Post

With hard drives so cheap, why wouldn't you? Even if all your music is on cd's, it takes a lot of time to rip anything over 100 or so cds.

 

 


Aaah, my sentiments exactly, but you would be stunned by the number of people who will spend $1300 on a new laptop/desktop and balk at the prospect of spending another hundred on an external HDD. I guess its in line with my reluctance to spend that sort of money on cables - the cables I have work fine, and I need money for beer, right ?

 

post #8 of 85

I back up everything on to my external, then back up my most important music by purchasing the vinyl. After going through an apartment fire, I've learned redundancy is very beneficial and physical copies are important.


Edited by Borgbox - 5/9/11 at 7:47pm
post #9 of 85
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Originally Posted by Borgbox View Post

I back up everything on to my external, then back up my most important music by purchasing the vinyl. After going through an apartment fire, I've learned redundancy is very beneficial and physical copies are important.


Interesting strategy. I had vinyl back in the days when it was the ONLY decent media for music, and I have less-than-fond memories of carting milk crates full of vinyl during house moves. I do miss the cover art and the incredible inserts that came with many 70's/early 80s albums but that is about it.

 

post #10 of 85
Yep. At the office and home, each external drive of music backs up automatically to a separate RAID array (OWC Mercury Qx2 inRAID 5/3+1 configuration). The office and home storages also sync with each other. And both of them are backed up online to Backblaze and Amazon. At home, the collection also backs up to a Time Machine version on the Synology DS 411+ NAS, which backs up separately online. 1+tb of music are not going to be lost again.
post #11 of 85
Yes, and glad that I do! My iMac packed it in this week. I'm not sweating any data loss.

Still a pain in the a$$, but far better than the alternative!
post #12 of 85

Well, I'm backing up mine in a portable external hard drive.  I just broke my old one accidentally by dropping it while it was in use...which kind of sucks, but fortunately there wasn't much of any real importance on it.

 

Though the new external HDD I got seems to be having some issues but I have nowhere else to put the files in order to reformat it...gonna have to get this checked out.  (occasionally disconnects, sometimes glitches up in OSX and requires a restart of the computer)

post #13 of 85

To the OP, YES YES YES!!! In my IT courses I have had regimented into me that data that is worth keeping should have 3-4 alternative backups! I keep a drive for standard windows backups, a 1tb drive redundancy backups of media, and then I keep a 2tb usb 3.0 drive for imaging/cloning my drive, and finally I have a "hotsite" hard drive that is  cloned off of my current drive and the clone is updated weekly, so that in the event of total drive failure not only will I still have my media, I'll have a complete drive that I can just swap out the internal and just fly from there. In regards to drive failures, S.M.A.R.T values should warn you in 8/10 situations when your drive is drawing its final breaths. Watch them for anything major (a few reallocated count sectors, or a few values to spin retry count DOES NOT mean your drive is failing) and they should keep you safe. HDDs are less then a $1 per GB these days. On Amazon you can grab 80gb drive-in-enclosure models with a warranty for $30 and free shipping. there 160gb is $5 more and the 250gb $5 more then that. I have had one for about a year as a cheap quick swap for computers and its much more reliable and roomy then a flash drive not to mention faster. I have over 8tb of space in my computer setup and what I paid to get this vast amount of space is relative peanuts (about $600). Remember when the 32mb drives cost $1000? If you are holding out for SSD prices to come down, according to reports they're prices aren't falling for the next 10 years, and by then the SSD may already be surpassed.

post #14 of 85
Purchased a WD 2 TB NAS drive for all my computers. I also have a copy of my music on an old EHD, Ipod, laptop, brother's computer.
post #15 of 85

I used to... Until they robbed my house hahaha! Luckily they did not rob my original disks so now I have the tedious task of ripping all of my CD's again and I want to finish before I leave for the Army.

 

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