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Old Jan 16, 2004, 8:48 AM   #11
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I always make two CD opies of each set of images, a simple copy under Windows XP, and have a backup copy of the images on the hard drive of my PC at work. The later step allows me to test my backups.

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Old Jan 16, 2004, 8:57 AM   #12
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I'm so glad you mentioned this as it's important to keep copies in several locations. I've forgotten this and I'll bet a lot of other people have too. Businesses do it all the time for the simple reason that disasters do happen. Water, wind, and fire come immediately to mind.
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CAUTION to anyone looking at buying an external USB2.0 drive. Be sure you computer supports USB2.0 (if bought more than a couple of years ago - probably does NOT) as the transfer speed difference will be HUGELY noticible (12X - 2.0 is 480Mbps, 1.1 is 12Mbps).
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Old Jan 16, 2004, 10:00 AM   #14
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Checklg, yes although I burn Cd's, I still keep the files on HD as well. I used to put stuff on the works server (as it's backed up to tape each night!) but then I started getting unhelpful automated messages about my storage quota! There's also a prob. if you leave and need to move your archive somewhere else when its got very big. I thought about offline storage, but even with broadband, access can be slow and limited in capacity - also you don't know how long the business will be around.

I've got one of those plugin IDE drive bays which I could press into service. I never think it's a good idea to share the OS and backup on the same drive, even a different partition. Also, depending on how you format and partition, you can end up with your archive on another drive - but your FAT on the default root drive C:. VOX
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Old Jan 16, 2004, 12:36 PM   #15
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I also store a copy of all my photos on my PC, but...
The two major reasons I had to use a HD as backup was this:

1. My backup of photos fill up 66 CD's and storing in TIFF fills lots of CD's every month. Some time ago I had a system crash and had (photos on HD (not partition) no. 3 in the system) to load the photos back on a HD. If you tried to copy 66 CD's to a HD - then you buy a HD next time.

2. I only burned photos once a month and lost serveral hundreds newly shot photos during the crash of my HD. I don't want to burn every time I shoot. Now I just copy them to my external HD. Every time I shoot. Take max. a minute or so each time.
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Old Jan 16, 2004, 12:50 PM   #16
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Yes, I agree with you, Klaus. It's exactly the reason I bought the SCSI drive I mentioned. I had room for it within the case, so that's why it's internal rather than external, but it serves the purpose well of having a separate and distinct drive for photos. Like you, I don't back up onto CD often enough to be safe, and it's started me thinking about getting one of those freestanding, portable hard drives as extra-extra insurance.
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I recommend a USB2 if you got the interface. It's FAST!
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I recommend a USB2 if you got the interface. It's FAST!
I don't have it, but the SCSI drive is just as fast as my regular hard drive, and there are times I could swear it's faster. Never a delay or pause when using it. And I can "daisy-chain" with SCSI, which means I could put in a third hard drive...if I could find any physical space for it, that is.

In the meantime, this thread reminded me I hadn't backed up anything onto CD in a while, so that's what I just finished doing. All you folks out there who keep saying you'll get to it tomorrow, don't test the gods. They have wicked notions of what's funny.
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Back to multi-session writing and all that, what I do is to archive to CD whenever I have enough to fill a CD. Then I burn in a single session. I also burn two CDs every time.
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Back to multi-session writing and all that, what I do is to archive to CD whenever I have enough to fill a CD. Then I burn in a single session. I also burn two CDs every time.
What size are all your photos before you archive to the CD and where do you store all the photos before archiving.
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