Cloud Storage ...

Started Jul 30, 2014 | Questions thread
OP Lloydy Forum Pro • Posts: 19,583
Vernon ...

... Thank you for your response. I agree that heat is the major factor in HDD failures.

But, as I have aircon in the room I have the PC's in, and this costs a small fortune each month to keep running, I don't see that as factor.

Vernon D Rainwater wrote:

Lloydy wrote:

... I think this is probably the bane of all photographers in the modern era.

I have images dating back to 1979 (film scans) and digital images dating from 2001.

The issue is that if I simply look at my 'base' images and look at my edited images, then I am utilising a little less than 1.5 TB of disk space.

As of today, 1.47 TB and some 273,740 images. I currently have this backed up across three PC's and four x 3 TB HDD's.

At a minimum, I always keep four copies of everything but it is becoming a little ridiculous trying to preserve the integrity of all the images.

In the past twelve years, I have had some 25 HDD's fail. I still have them all. Why ? I have tens of thousands of client images and at least some 200,000 personal images and as some HDD's can be recovered I never send for warranty claim. Must be a real bonus for HDD manufacturers when folk don't send HDD's for warranty replacement.

Mind you, I have successfully recovered several HDD's.

These HDD failures range from 250 GB to 3 TB HDD's. The most disappointing thing is that in the past 18 months I have had 4 x 3 TB's fail, and two of those on the same day. At about USD 150.00 per HDD this soon adds up (price is based on where I live). 25 x 150 = $ 3,750

No names on the HDD manufacturer but suffice to say that they were all the same, and I have always bought the same.

And, yes, I have UPS's installed and also have synchronous backup software installed and also have the latest antivirus, malware, etc., packages installed.

So, my question is, where can I get reasonably priced cloud storage, of about 2 TB, and which is also from a reputable vendor ?

I have no basic knowledge regarding using Cloud Storage so I have no comment regarding that subject except to say that I do not plan to trust my images to a service such as that.

The second comment is that you perhaps may need to review why you have such a HIGH occurrences of Hard Drive failures. I have always considered that Heat is one of the most deadly concerns for any Hard Drive Brand. I would be investing in some good thermometers plus somewhat better operational cooling for the Hard Drives.

There has to be a reason for the excessive failures......

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Cheers, Dave

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