Saturday, July 28, 2007

More on Data Storage

This is a followup on an earlier post on data storage. I ended up deciding to pick up a single Western Digital 1TB external. This is one of these USB/Firewire combo drives - Maxtor makes a nearly identical one for a nearly identical price ($350ish). It's something of a stalling maneuver - what it will let me do is consolidate a bunch of smaller drives, and then I'll take the largest two of those to be my next "drive pair" - after a shoot is edited I copy it to a pair of external drives, and when those are full I take one offsite in case of fire or whatever. (I also make a DVD copy of the keepers from each shoot).

Prices are dropping really fast - the basic but decent 500GB drive I mentioned in the comments to that post has dropped from $140 to $125 since I wrote it. The new drive pair will last me for 8-9 months at my current rate of shooting, and at that point I'll either get a pair of TB drives or a RAID cabinet or something depending on what prices are doing. (I'll still need some externals to take things offsite - I know some folks with huge RAID setups that are leaving themselves open to be very sorry because they don't back it up offsite).

I'm deep in alternative process test chart-land. Each time I get a new book or go to a conference or talk to somebody who makes these kinds of prints I get ideas of things to try, which basically means I end up making test charts. It's easy to fall into the trap of never actually making any prints to sell, because you're always hoping tomorrow's prints will be better than yesterday's. It's also easy to fall into the trap of never making new prints when you have old ones to sell. This second trap is something I intend to address over the next couple of months - nearly everything in the eBay store is going to be either sold or removed... and then replaced with some of my more popular prints just in time for the winter rush. That's the theory anyway.


Blogger cosfrog said...

WD 2TB external drive =)

May be my next one

5:59 PM  
Blogger San Francisco Nudes said...

That whole line of products is pretty cool - they're just user-friendly RAID cabinets with some basic features.

6:17 PM  

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