A&P What are your methods for archiving photographs?

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  1. Yardsale

    Yardsale OT Supporter

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    I just moved a bunch of gigs of photos onto dual layer dvds and erased them off my hard-drive :noes:
     
  2. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    archiving should have at least 2 back ups and it too different locations (preferably far away from each other).

    I would highly recommend using gold plated Dvds or CD-Rs.

    They claimed 300 years longevity.

    check it out:
    http://www.delkin.com/products/archivalgold/index.html

    Regular CD-R and DVD-Rs using different metals don't last more than 10 years.

    And it is probably a good idea to have it hosted on a few different servers!
     
  3. BeachBoy

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    def put the 2 copies in different places.

    and i'd get nother mean that only dvd-r. I personally have an external hard disk, which is plugged only when putting file son it so the drive is almost never used, and I also use disks.
     
  4. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    hard drives are bad archival tools since they are BOUND to fail where as optical media does not have any moving parts and last longer.
     
  5. Yardsale

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    Yeah my external hard drive gave me a scare the other day, which is why I put them all on dual layer disks :o
     
  6. BeachBoy

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    I said two different means. i know HDD can fail, but a dvd-r can get damaged too.

    IMHO an external hard drive that you never use AND dvd-r is a good solution.
     
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    backup to another HD internally, DVD, upload, eventually have a external HD off sight
     
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    I have two HDD backups, one onsite for immediate access if needed and another offsite in case of fire, etc. And I keep 2 copies on CD/DVD as well.
     
  9. Supadoggie

    Supadoggie I ♥ my doggah

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    I have all my pics on a hard drive locally on my computer (drive different than the one with windows installed) and I have a weekly backup that backs things up to external USB hard drive
     
  10. Yardsale

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    the external hd off-site isn't a bad idea. they're hella cheap now :bigok:
     
  11. Yardsale

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    i was going to build a raid sooner or later for my film stuff anyway
     
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    I use aperture and have my main library on my main hard drive, a backup library on another drive in the PC, and another backup library on a removable USB hard drive. All the original RAW files are also burned to DVD and stored in a fire safe on the off chance that the Aperture library gets corrupted.
     
  13. NJGuy

    NJGuy "Fuckmefuckmefuckmefuckmef uckmefuckmefuckmefuckm OT Supporter

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    Burn two DVD-r's for every 2000 images. (Normally about 4gigs for me)
    But I keep them all in the same binder. =/
    I know thats bad. Im going to start storing one set in my firebox soon.
    Its only a hobby to me so far tho.
     
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    even if a hdd isn't spinning, it's still not a good backup method.

    Archival quality optical media (multiple copies too), and if you're really hard core, tape backup.

    Hard drives are like helicopters, never trust anything to them. ;)
     
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    Man, I've had the same question too.
     
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    dvd, external hd...print the really important personal stuff.
     
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    The responses are scaring me what with the external harddrives not being enough. I guess I should start making disk copies. :noes: :noes: :noes:
     
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    dvd-r's + external hdd in an extremely safe position
     
  19. mojito

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    another cheep option is to use a online host. don't do it as your only one, but it can help. supposedly smugmug allows unlimited uploads with their basic plan. someone asked about storing 2tb with them and they said to wait while they upgraded but did say ok.
     
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    A RAID 5 array :hs:
     
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    I have a huge pile of cdr's. :hsugh:
     
  22. Yardsale

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    like as one massive zip file or something?
     
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    On a CD in a fireproof safe. I might burn a couple of copies though, in case it gets scratched or something happens to it.
     
  24. JaimeZX

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    I believe zips have a 2GB size limit. :o
     
  25. tenplanescrashing

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    i just backup to an external HD.
     

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