Backups [was Re: Is tape dead?]

Alexander Schreiber als at
Thu Sep 24 18:30:34 CDT 2015

On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 01:02:03PM -0700, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 09/15/2015 12:32 PM, ethan at wrote:
> >>Pictures and movies can be original work - perhaps not for you,
> >>certainly mostly not for me (I have a few original pictures, but
> >>only a few), but I know graphic designers and photographers who
> >>have probably produced at least a gigabyte of original pictures
> >>each by now.  And people into video production....
> >
> >
> >I have a HD video production rig that goes out to some geek events
> >and I've used it in the past at stuff. The data generated is around
> >5GB per hour (H264 1080i)
> I tend to think of pictures and movies as sui generis--they were
> perfectly well done in non-digital form, so I don't include them as
> "data" needing backup, but rather a special case of digital data
> masquerading as a simulacrum of analog information.
> Anyone remember the IBM "Photostore"  setup at Lawrence Livermore?
> Enterprising programmers wrote tools to go through their files and
> "touch" them, lest they be "Photostored".  In many cases, that meant
> "gone forever".
> --------------
> In the case of spinning rust, what brand is most reliable?  I've
> seen dreadful reports of DOA drives from Western Digital, fewer from
> Seagate, but I don't know about Hitachi, Samsung, etc.

Google for the Blackblaze reports. IIRC HGST and WD had the lowest failure
rates, Seagate just plain sucked.

> Up until now, I've confined my purchasing to 500GB drives on the
> hope that they're more reliable than the 3-5TB monsters.  Is this a
> mistake?

IMHO, you want to buy at one generation below the current max capacity
on the assumption that they ironed out the bugs on that one.

Kind regards,
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and
 looks like work."                                      -- Thomas A. Edison

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