Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Drives and services for protecting your photo library
Labels: Drives and Storage
|This Article Features Photo Zoom|
Maintaining multiple copies of your photos is the only sure way to safeguard your image collection. Longtime readers know I lost several hundred photos back when digital imaging was new and I didn't know any better. (Yes, even brand-new, top-of-the-line computers can suffer a hard drive failure.) Even with the high-grade drives and solid-state models common today, redundancy is the only safe bet.
A general strategy goes like this. The image library on your computer is backed up to an external drive at home, plus another external drive that you update frequently and keep somewhere else, maybe at work. Or, your remote backup is an online service (see sidebar). If your computer hard drive fails, your external backup has you covered, and in the event that some catastrophe at home wipes them both out, your remote backup is still there.
Whether you need to archive tens or hundreds or even thousands of gigabytes of photos and video, there are lots of options at prices that are more affordable than ever. Data storage is one of the few tech necessities that's consistently less expensive year after year, on a price-per-gigabyte basis.
Buffalo Drivestation Duo RX1
|This 2-drive RAID model can be configured either as RAID 0 for maximum storage capacity or as mirrored RAID 1 for data redundancy. When using as a RAID 1, you'll actually have half of the listed capacity (i.e., a 2 TB model will provide only 1 TB of storage).
Capacities Available: 2 TB, 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB
Interface: USB 3.0
Dimensions (HxWxD): 5.0x3.4x8.1 inches
Page 1 of 3