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  • Tue, Oct 28 2008 12:28 AM

    • MikePoglitsch
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    Project Backups for safety

    When Im finished with a project, I copy the project files along with all of the graphics, vo, script, etc.  onto a 500GB firewire drive (often using Winzip to compress them).   Then I clear my Avid.  If I need to rebuild the project I can re-didgitize the tape or re-import the P2 clips, this methodology works very smoothly for me.

    My fear is that sooner or later that drive will crap out and all my projects will be screwed.  Call me retentive, but I would like to backup my backups.  Anyone know of a cost effective or smart way to do this?  Buy yet another 500 GB drive and mirror one to the other?  Thoughts....

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  • Tue, Oct 28 2008 12:31 AM In reply to

    Re: Project Backups for safety

    I'm looking at getting a dRobo for just the scenario you're talking about.

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  • Tue, Oct 28 2008 12:43 AM In reply to

    • MikePoglitsch
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    Re: Project Backups for safety

    I saw the drobo site earlier, and was impressed.  However, on the dvxuser.com website under the Avid header others were having problems (however, I think they were trying to use it as a video raid).

    http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=146534

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  • Tue, Oct 28 2008 1:27 AM In reply to

    Re: Project Backups for safety

    That's interesting, I had never considered it would be any problem.  My plan has always been to turn it on, do a Consolidate and turn it off.  Also, I'm using a MacPro and I noticed that there was mention of something funky with Windows and FW800. 

    I won't be getting one at least until end of the year though, if I can put it off that long.

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  • Tue, Oct 28 2008 7:25 AM In reply to

    • Chad
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    Re: Project Backups for safety

    We're currently using a Drobo to occasionally archive offline media from our Unity.  It works extremely well, although we use it over USB2 so it ain't fast - but the simplicity of adding storage and the protection factor is extremely useful to us.

    My assistant tells me he occasionally plays back from it if he's checking what to restore, but this is for DV 4:2:0 media only.

    If you've got fast broadband and are backing up project files and graphics, you could use a hosted solution like Carbonite or JungleDisk as a failsafe.  This has the added advantage of being offsite immediately.  Of course these would be completely impractical for media files.

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  • Tue, Oct 28 2008 12:59 PM In reply to

    • Kevin Sio
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    Re: Project Backups for safety

    I currently archive to external hard drives but fear the day when one of them dies.   There are a number of other options:  tape drives are reliable but very expensive.  We are considering archiving to Blu Ray discs as an alternative. 

    We also have to consider another factor.  Material that is shot and used for one program may get re-used in a number of different programs.  Keeping that media on hand and organized is a question we have yet to answer.

    Kevin

     

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  • Tue, Oct 28 2008 7:18 PM In reply to

    Re: Project Backups for safety

    I use a SATA drive enclosure so the performance is great.  I can slide drives in ant out with ease without need to restart my system.  I have 2 backup drives that are identical so I have 2 backups at any time.  It isn't a bad idea to test the drive every 6 months if you haven't used them.  How often do you go 6 months without need to backup a project, though.

     

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  • Tue, Oct 28 2008 8:38 PM In reply to

    Re: Project Backups for safety

    I do the hard drive back-up as well. About every six months or so I spin them up to make sure they're still working.

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