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(Scientific American)   Finally, I have a safe place to store my 67TB of personal anime for the next 300 million years   (scientificamerican.com) divider line 53
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2013-01-08 04:00:19 PM  

Stone Meadow: likefunbutnot: Stone Meadow: likefunbutnot: Also please understand that copying data to an external drive doesn't really constitute a proper backup.

I just bought a 32GB thumb drive to make a backup of My Documents. How stable are they?

Flash drives of all sorts fail without warning and zero possibilty of recovery. Having an extra copy of stuff is a good idea as an overall recovery strategy, but if you are paranoid about losing irreplacable data, I suggest something like Crashplan.com as a starting point.

Thanks...tho I'm disappointed to learn that flash drives are so unreliable. My son recommend online storage, as well, tho I'm a cheap bastard and the thought of paying $4/mo sticks in my craw. May need to reevaluate. Another issue is getting my 25GB of data and photos online, plus my emails from back to about '97. My upload is slooooooooooooow.


Crashplan's software supports bandwidth metering, but in my experience it normally only takes about 36 hours to put 250GB online if you let it run at 1Mbit until it finishes its initial run.

The thing to remember about online backup is that you are paying $5/month so that you don't have kittens about your digital photos every time your home system craps itself. It's completely, totally worth the money.
 
2013-01-08 04:13:30 PM  

likefunbutnot: Stone Meadow: likefunbutnot: Stone Meadow: likefunbutnot: Also please understand that copying data to an external drive doesn't really constitute a proper backup.

I just bought a 32GB thumb drive to make a backup of My Documents. How stable are they?

Flash drives of all sorts fail without warning and zero possibilty of recovery. Having an extra copy of stuff is a good idea as an overall recovery strategy, but if you are paranoid about losing irreplacable data, I suggest something like Crashplan.com as a starting point.

Thanks...tho I'm disappointed to learn that flash drives are so unreliable. My son recommend online storage, as well, tho I'm a cheap bastard and the thought of paying $4/mo sticks in my craw. May need to reevaluate. Another issue is getting my 25GB of data and photos online, plus my emails from back to about '97. My upload is slooooooooooooow.

Crashplan's software supports bandwidth metering, but in my experience it normally only takes about 36 hours to put 250GB online if you let it run at 1Mbit until it finishes its initial run.

The thing to remember about online backup is that you are paying $5/month so that you don't have kittens about your digital photos every time your home system craps itself. It's completely, totally worth the money.


Thanks again. I really need to consider this, since I have never made any backups of any of my now considerable digital content, most of which is irreplaceable.

/theadjack
 
2013-01-08 07:58:07 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Is there even 67TB of anime out there?!

Now my Asian Porn folder is right around that number.


At blue-ray quality... easily that much. I am sitting on over 2TB at much lower quality and I am not into most of the genre's.
 
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