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    Storage Solutions

    What's yours? With cameras these days taking photos with higher and higher pixel densities, storing all that data can be slow and take up too much space on your system. So let's talk about storage solutions!

    I was thinking about going with a 1TB portable external hard drive from Western Digital (http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Porta.../dp/B006Y5UV4A). I would be using it for school related files and other general backup as well as photography, but it should be plenty of room for now. It uses USB 3.0 so while it's no Thunderbolt connection, it does have decent transfer speeds of 5GB/s. It also has password protection and hardware encryption, so the average Joe won't be stealing my data.

    Whether it be a physical solution or a cloud storage solution, how do you store your photos?
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    Do you need it to be portable? Ive got a internal raid1 drive array with 2x 64GB drives, and several external drives I use. I am wanting to build a hot swappable External raid array though. That way I Can change out them when need for archiving and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aloicious View Post
    Do you need it to be portable? Ive got a internal raid1 drive array with 2x 64GB drives, and several external drives I use. I am wanting to build a hot swappable External raid array though. That way I Can change out them when need for archiving and such.
    Until I gather the parts to build my PC, my main computer is my laptop so for now I'm looking at portable. Plus I don't think our home desktop has an internal RAID controller and I don't plan on buying an external one for it haha. Are your RAID drives SSDs? I'm assuming they are since they're 64GB drives.
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    a good external hard drive would be great. ideally you probably want more than 1 though, its far better to have your files that you intend to keep backed up on more than 1 physical drive, that way you don't lose everything if a drive fails.

    sorry I was on my phone when I typed that message (stupid fat fingers of mine)....they're 640 GB WD black drives...I only use SSD's for main drives on my computers (to run the OS and intensive programs off of), all my storage is on non SSD drives....those SSD's get super expensive when you get into larger capacities. my basic setup goes like this on my desktop:

    main drive - 180GB SSD
    storage & everything else drive - 1TB Samsung drive
    Pictures and other sensitive data backup drives - 2x 640GB WD Black RAID1

    then I have 2 500gB external drives, 1x 320GB external drive, 1x 1TB external drive...

    sometimes I'll have stuff backed up on the RAID setup, as well as on an external drive too. when I build the external array, I might go with some other RAID setup as well, like a RAID 5 or 10 or something I'm not 100% sure....

    its a bit overkill for most people, but since its business stuff, and data and other things that I can't afford to lose, its worth it to me...most people would be good with a dedicated storage drive of high capacity (1TB+), and a secondary external drive of some sort, just to keep the data in more than 1 place.
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    Ideally ya I'd like to have a redundancy drive in case the one fails, but $75 is already pushing it for me when it comes to a portable hard drive. Maybe I'll ask for another for Christmas

    That's a good setup. I think Samsung is coming out with a new series of SSDs that should make large capacity drives much cheaper. Give it a couple more years and I bet they'll be just about as cheap as HDDs. I think RAID 10 would be a bit better than 5 because it will still have drive mirroring but will be faster than 5. That is if I'm remembering RAID arrays correctly

    I also need to pick up a 32GB SD card, 16GB isn't cutting it. Plus then I can use one of them to install and try out the Magic Lantern firmware.
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    you could get a external drive enclosure, and just bare drives, swap 'em out when they get full...that'd be a little cheaper in the long run.

    32GB for the camera? 32 is pretty good, I've been using 16GB pretty well, but I also transfer them to a hard drive and wipe them immediately after I finish each time I'm shooting (or each day if I'm at a show or something).
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    I could do that, but it looks like the highest capacity in the $50-$75 range is 750GB, then about $10-$15 for the enclosure. I'd be in it the same amount, until I filled up the drive, then I would ahead. It'll take me a good while to fill up 1TB though!

    I have this bad habit of rarely deleting pictures from my SD card, let alone formatting it Plus I'd like to start shooting video too, and 1080p video takes up a lot of space real quick!
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    oh, careful doing that, memory cards aren't meant to be long term storage, and can get corrupted or fail, and you'd lose everything.

    I save all my image files (raw files, ACR data files, PSD layered files, and final processed jpgs) and back them up, even ones I may not process or use...

    yeah if you're doing video, 32gb for sure, or even more. I never really do video..
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    Wow I had no idea about that, I'll have to go make sure everything's all backed up and format it.

    Heck, I could go all the way up to a 128GB for only a whopping $160 but I think I may have hit diminishing returns at that point I've always wanted to just make some short films about random stuff. It would be fun to take it with me the next time my friends and I go out and shoot watermelons again, see what it looks like slowed down when filmed at 60fps haha.
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