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    picked up a 250GB WD MYBOOK external HDD with 3 yr warranty for $199 today

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    Thanks for the info Cyrn. Seems like the best bet for me is to use DVD-R disks instead of DVD-RW. Hard disk doesn't sound like a good archival tool. It sounds more for normal transitional data that you still frequently access.

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    If you're considering a Buffalo, can also consider a Raid5 card and 4 harddisks. i'm using a RocketRaid 1640, about $220; put in 4 pieces of 400GB and the total would be around $1.1k. Slightly cheaper than a 4x250GB Buffalo.

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    Also, i suggest you forget about the DVD-RAM. If your data is anywhere above 0.5TB, and growing, it's just too expensive and messy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST1100 View Post
    Also, i suggest you forget about the DVD-RAM. If your data is anywhere above 0.5TB, and growing, it's just too expensive and messy.
    yeah. but currently it is not that big cos i just switched to digital lately. but the rate it is growing at......

    btw, how much does the buffulo cost exactly? i prefer external HDs as there are different computers i need to backup, so i can't go for the raid card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satay16 View Post
    gee.....wondering why alot of info i got from many internet sources differ from yours.
    Here's my reference, it's a little back dated but still applies in sense of application. There's sometimes significant differences between "advertised" shelf life and the actual.
    Last edited by CYRN; 2nd January 2007 at 08:59 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ST1100 View Post
    If you're considering a Buffalo, can also consider a Raid5 card and 4 harddisks. i'm using a RocketRaid 1640, about $220; put in 4 pieces of 400GB and the total would be around $1.1k. Slightly cheaper than a 4x250GB Buffalo.
    You are the man! I like your setup

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    Quote Originally Posted by satay16 View Post
    erm... guys? why suddenly talk about raid arrays? i was asking about ext HDs vs DVD-RAMs. please read first post. i noticed that it is diverging as the thread advances.
    Sorry, Satay... I sincerely thought of RAID-5 recommendation as "Recommended Media for archive"... please ignore my post if I am off topic

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    Quote Originally Posted by miniUltraman View Post
    Sorry, Satay... I sincerely thought of RAID-5 recommendation as "Recommended Media for archive"... please ignore my post if I am off topic
    no lah. there was one particular post which put me off abit so i said it. and it's not you.

    anyway, with all the raid thingy being mentioned, it did opened up another method which i thought was too expensive. the buffalo. did abit of calculations, and it seems that it might be worth it. what's your view?

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    Raid is not the ultimate in storage. It is just good for online availability. It cannot protect you against accidental deletion/corruption of data.
    If you want a good method, yet relatively cheap, just use Raid (1 or 5) for your hard disks, then do a secondary offline backup to DVD. Burn a duplicate copy to a different brand of DVD if you are kiasu.

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    This is how I backup my photos as follows:

    1. Harddisk Storage
    I am using V-Gear LanDisk with 200 gig storage. Interface is RJ45 so bandwidth is 100M. Connect it to your wireless router become wireless storage.
    Check their link for more details at http://vgear.com/products/list.asp?ProdID=AMVG1-017-001
    Similar product is Linksys NSLU2, http://www.linksys.com/products/prod...id=640&scid=43

    2. DVD backup
    I also use DVD-R to backup my data. I use printable DVD and print label to indicate the type of photos. All DVD-R media is kept in my dry cabinet.
    See my Photo Gallery at the Clubsnap

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