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I also back up to two different large ext HD's.  My tunes library at the
moment is a bit over 200 GB, not including some Amazon and HDTracks files.
Pictures and Word files all together, I have a bit more than 500 GB.  The
drives are WD 2.0 TB. I use usb 3.0, and it is dramatically faster than usb
2. Would you consider putting a 3.0 board in your PC?


On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM, Don Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 16/04/2013, Tom Fine wrote:
>
> > Is anyone using any of the USB-attached RAID backup systems? If so,
> > can you share your recommendations and experienced. Connection would
> > be to a PC that has two external USB2 drives as the main storage. I'd
> > like to have some WindowsXP-compatible software that is crash-proof,
> > doesn't hog resources and runs in the background, using idle times to
> > keep things backed up to the attached RAID array. I've seen 2-HD and
> > 4-HD enclosures, and I'm curious which kind other folks are using? I
> > can't afford nor do I have the expertise to deal with one of the fancy
> > NAS systems (plus, it would take forever to back up my studio drives
> > over Ethernet, the backup needs to be via USB).
> >
> I avoid RAID because if the control card fails, you lose everything on
> the drives.
>
> > Input much appreciated. Up to now, I've been manually backing up to a
> > third, bigger USB drive. There's got to be a better way that won't
> > take down Windows or be unreliable.
> >
> I think if you have mainly large files, this is a good simple method for
> now. I use Windows Commander (now Total Commander) for copying files
>
> I am waiting with interest the Millenniata Blu-Ray discs, but I expect
> they will be expensive.
>
> One approach for audio files would be to record them as analog on
> reel-to-reel tape. But I don't think any medium that can be erased is
> really archival.
>
>
> > BTW, for what it's worth, I signed up for Carbonite for my office PC
> > last year. So far, 9 months into it, it's only got the PC and external
> > hard drive 30% backed up! So, not a practical solution if you have a
> > lot of data to backup! I don't run the PC 24-7, but I do leave it on
> > overnight most nights. To Carbonite's credit, the software prioritized
> > My Documents and the key system-identification files and those got
> > backed up first. But stuff like my iTunes library, my extensive
> > audio-documentaton library, my HDTracks downloads, it'll take
> > literally years. Not practical!
> >
>
> Regards
> --
> Don Cox
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>



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