Storage Buyer's Guide: Safeguarding Your Digital Creations



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Steve Young's picture

Good article. You show a photo of a Drobo device, but don't mention anything about it.

How does it compare to standard RAID solutions?





I hear the name mentioned a lot.



How to backup videos and project files?

axg's picture

The title of this article was "SAFEGUARDING Your Digital Creations".  However, this article was primarily about storing data.  I own a technology firm, so I understand all of this, including the fact that RAID 5 will safeguard you from a single hard drive failure.


However, what I'd really like to know is how do small production companies professionally backup their data both on-site and off-site?  Uploading to the cloud can be pretty expensive and slow, particularly for hi-def video files that are pretty large.



How I back up data

Stodds's picture

Ooh, the cloud is most definitely out! I live out in the sticks and to back up HD data would take forever...  I use a NAS to backup the RAID0 disk set in the PC and then an additional offsite backup at the end of the day...  It is a bit of a palaver but far less than the consequence of losing data :-)

Happy New Year from the UK :-)



Using RAIDs

Stodds's picture

I read with interest the post about using RAID level 5....


With the advent of hard drives with capacities of 3TB or more, the use of RAID5 has given rise to concerns... If a disk in a NAS configured as RAID5 was to fail, the length of time taken to rebuild the RAID will be dependant on the size of the disks that make up the set.  If the larger capacity disks (I.E. 3TB) are present, rebuild time can take many many hours. 


During this time, your precious data is at risk.. another failure now means total loss...


A NAS that uses smaller disks still has the same risk during a rebuild but for a shorter time..


RAID6 is the new(ish) kid on the block.  Think of it as RAID5 with extra marbles... A NAS configured as RAID6 can withstand two concurrent disk failures but as you may have surmised, the downside is more of the total capacity of the RAID is reserved for recovery data.

Happy New Year from the UK :-)


Using RAIDs

LarryR05055's picture

We only use a RAID (DROBO, in my case) for personal work. All jobs are backed up to LTO tape. The saying goes,'If it isn't on tape, it isn't backed up.' It's not a perfect solution but it seems towork pretty well. Tapes arenot always easy to access and  care must be taken to log them accurately and thoroughly. Costs less than $.50 per gigabyte. In our case the editor now provides this service. We then store tapes at a storge facility. Off-site from where the jobs are edited. Client pays for backup.  Client also pays ongoing fees for storage on commercial jobs - films and commercials.