A&P I'm running out of hdd space dammit

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  1. Datass

    Datass New Member

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    What are you guys storing your pics on? I'm down to 80g on my 500gb external and struggling to keep > 10gb free on the MBP. Shooting raw and keeping back-ups eats a ton of space up and i want a better solution than just buying another external hd or burning more dvds that will eventually fail on me. Preferably something with some or all of the following:

    - cheap
    - expandable
    - raid 1
    - network accessible
    - lots of space

    i'm guessing a Drobo, or Hammer-Storage unit is the simplest solution but...is there anything else? perhaps some of u have built ur own systems that has all this? please share, thx.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    3x750gb's in my mac pro :run:
     
  3. Datass

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    nice! i'm jealous.
     
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    You could...print all of the one's you like, that way you won't have to back anything up and it won't ever be corrupted! lol, just an idea..
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I'm probably going to go that route soon... my 500GB External is filling up quickly. :o
     
  6. Datass

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    i shoot paid assignments and i have to back the images up as part of the business.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    they are so cheap!
     
  8. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    earlier this week newegg had 1.5tb disks for 189.99 with free shipping. :o
     
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    drobo or bust.
     
  11. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I delete shitty shots that I don't like and only keep RAW files with their coordinating XMP files. I never understood people that keep a RAW, XMP, TIFF and/or Jpeg of everything they have ever shot. Such a waste of space. Or people that have like 20 different frames of the exact same shot instead of simply picking the best one or two and deleting the rest. Is it a pissing contest to see who can fill the most space? I have been shooting for years now and have only filled about 50GBs worth of photos on my HDD.
     
  12. Datass

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    feels good man :o
     
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    terabyte drives are cheap and getting cheaper every day.
     
  15. Valence

    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    Something like a tera station is what you need. Raid 5 , network accessible.
     
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    Valence Gustav Refugee

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    Not everyone is savvy enought to setup an ftp server, but with this, you get the protection of Raid5, network accessibility, and access to your files from anywhere. The best thing is, if you have an external, plug the external into the back of the terastation and it will recognize and utilize that drive as additional storage. I.e. You have a 1 TB station, plug your 500 gb external and now you have combined storage of 1.5 TB. http://www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage/terastation/
     
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    I keep getting new mybooks :o

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    i have a DNS-323 set up. Raid 1, network drive, gigabit connectivity, you throw in your own drives, so you could make it however big you want although i dunno if there's a cap.

    It's also hackable to do a bunch of random things, but i don't bother w/ any of that, just use it for storage.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    damn nice... i have two 750gb seagates
     
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    costco has the 1tb esata/usb/fw400 version (the left one with the strip led) for 199.
     
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    I have a NAS unit I built with a premade 4 x sata bay promis box.

    It rocks I have 4 x 1TB drives, currently running as raid5 so I get about 3TB out of it.

    It mounts as SMB/NFS and provides HTTP/FTP access.

    Pretty slick. Over 1GigE

    It was rather cheap, drives were like 150 each when I got them and the nas box was I think 300? so a total of 900 for 3TB of RAID storage (4TB if raid 0). And down the road I can swap the drives to larger ones.

    oh but most of my space is chewed up by porn and mp3s not pics.
     
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    that sound like exactly what i need, except that it's expensive as fuck.

    nice desk, but that's exactly what i want to avoid :naughty:


    hmm....this might work for me too..

    This sounds like a DROBO w/ their netsharing device or WD Sharespace. Was it difficult to build? $900 :wtc:
     
  23. Datass

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    hmm...what i'm thinking is, get a WD MyBook Studio Edition II (or a DNS-323 - thx ///Mik3), set it up as RAID1, fill it up, then pull out one of the drives, replace w/ another of same drive, set up a fresh RAID1 setup while I put the one i pulled out into storage or into some kind of external HD enclosure every time I want to access files from it.

    Essentially I'd be converting each hard drive into a DVDR-like media by putting it into storage and sticking it into the hard drive enclosure only when I want to pull shit from it (until i get 5 total drives and make a Voltron raid5 or some shit.) This way i can dollar cost average into a nice raid system instead of forking out all that cash at once.

    thoughts?
     
  24. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    if your going to set up a raid5 array, just wait til you have the cash to buy it all at once. i don't think you can create a raid array of discs that have info on them without erasing the info.
     
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    shit!
     

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