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Old 04-17-2004, 11:47 PM   #11
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I'm sure there is, heck I could do it on one of our servers (or get another for it) but that is alot of server space and I am still on dial up, broadband is not offered where I live 1 picture is 13 MB at max resolution. I think right now I'm gonna go with redundant CD-R (higher quality disks). I have many CD-R disks I've had for 5+ years that are still readable, course I am alos considering a mirrored set of high capcity hard drives, but I think that's gonna have to be a few months down the road, I can slip a few bucks by the wife for the CDs, no way in hades I'm gonna slip twin HDDs by her
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Old 04-18-2004, 01:24 AM   #12
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Go with a raid setup with 4x 200gig SATA drives.. That should last you alot of time... Have 2 drives stripping and 2 drives mirroring... That way you have redundancy in case one fails.. Although thats some serious cash but you want fast reliable storage LOL.. LMAO.. Me personally I just use CdRs that I back my pictures up from the hard drive on occasion.. I use cheap disks and every few months I just back the same stuff up plus the extras... Although my pics are 40k to 2mb not 13mb LOL I would also think about dvd-r drives.. cheap Mega storage and since they are for storing home movies and such they should last an extremely long time.. Although the disks are a bit more expensive.. LOL

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Again, I gotta bring you back to the wife and 4 kids on a civil servants salary If I can ever make this camera start paying for itself...then that might be an option, but while I'm footing the bill, it's unlikely.
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Old 04-18-2004, 09:39 AM   #14
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I have many CD-R disks I've had for 5+ years that are still readable

Me too and I use the cheap ones. I have a 12 disk cd changer in my work van, you know dust, bumps, abuse from employee's . Out of the 12 that have been in there non stop for 3 1/2 years I have 1 that doesn't play correctly and part of that is the original was a poor original. The volume went up and down the whole disk. I store plenty on cd-r's. I have a bunch of cdrw's but don't use them for storage cause they really are not reliable. 8O
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Old 04-18-2004, 11:19 PM   #15
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Here is a inexpensive 160Gb hard drive for $60

http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...pf2#checkstore
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I store mine on a 60gb maxtor external harddrive. Havent had one problem with it. I have also put them on cd-r's and have some that are 3 or 4 years old ans still readable.
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I've not seen the info on CD-R's either. If you think about it, a CD-R is not much different from an audio CD, they both store data in the same fashion. Barring any scratches or physical damage to the disc, I have audio CD's that are almost 15 years old and still read just fine. I'm sure there is more to it when saving files from your pc, ie disc quality, drive quality etc but I think 18 months is a bit pessimistic.
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I think another thing to note on longevity of a CD-R would be the burn speed. If you have a 40 X burn speed, and burn at that speed, the longevity won't be as high as if you burned at a lower speed. I plan on buring my CD-Rs on about 2X or 4X burn speed.
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All the software we sell at work we burn at a 2x speed even though it capibable of much more. The only advantage is it can burn multiple copies at once.
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I could have sworn I read somewhere that DVD-RAM can be used to archive for 7 years. The absolute best variety comes in a built-in cartridge that protects the surface of the disk. I would say no to zip drives, 100MB or 250MB is no where near the space needed. The new flash memory keys currently goes up to 1GB (although it's still very expensive for anything over 256MB). I would say no to external harddrives, for space and cost reasons. Even if the files can be stored on a DVD for only 18 months, there is relatively low cost involved in re-burning DVDs say, once a year. I have had photos on a CD-R for 3 years now, and they read fine. I have thought of using the online storage places, my ISP gives me 10MB of space and my angelfire account (where I link most of my pictures from) gives 20MB of free space. It's kind of a digital safe-deposit box for all the essential photos.

I say the DVD-RAM is the best mix between reliability and cost. You mentioned it before, and it's just common sense, but stay away from cheap disks--those are the cause of more problems than the method you choose.
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