I saw this thread and was going to ignore it, but decided not to once I
found out that RDX was HDD-in-an-otterbox merci, Henri, and thanks for
the image, Lou. Otters are wonderful--see "Ring of Bright Water" (The
book) and Point Lobos State Park.
LTO was around while I was still doing broadcast consulting and, at the
time (late 1990s, early 2000s).
I struggled long and hard about how to store things and realized if I
were going to become involved with LTO, I would need two drives (how
else can you be even remotely certain that your tapes are readable once
your single drive dies--I certainly saw that in the early days of PC
tape backup. At that point, the cost becomes excessive.
My philosophy now is: Any data I want to keep does not live solely on a PC.
I have two in-house RAID-6 NAS units, one backing up the other; an ammo
case of 2.5-inch HDDs off-site (2 TB 2.5-inch USB 3.0 drives are pretty
economical these days and are USB-powered).
One son has been migrated to the cloud where Dropbox backs up and
mirrors his two on-site laptops. Here, I harvest all new files (but not
updates to prevent pollution of existing files) and store them on my
RAID-6 NAS units to protect against a Dropbox failure or hacking. The
other son will do it soon, but the first one is potentially going far
away to school next fall for his Masters (Wichita and Edmonton are on
the list) so I wanted to get some closer-in history with the system.
RAID-6 allows the failure of any two disks without losing data and the
data does not have to be chopped up into 1 or 2 TB chunks as it does
I do not keep CF/SD cards, I copy and verify the copy and then recycle
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.