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How to manage thousands of RAW files taken in a foreign country?

How to sort and keep hundreds of thousands of files safe long term?

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  • Comment Link Warren Ackary Tuesday, 02 December 2014 09:31 posted by Warren Ackary

    Hi Matt
    Thank you for that most valuable information on storage! Yes I am guilty of backing up onto an external hard drive but after listening and watching your video I shall at least be copying to a DVDs for the moment.

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  • Comment Link Mark Patten Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:10 posted by Mark Patten

    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for the very informative, and valuable, piece.

    I use 2 x 6TB La Cie Thunderbolt as main storage, plus a few G-Raid 2 and 4 TB as offline saves.

    Just to be neurotic, and because I had to produce a Blu-Ray film in 2013, I bought a Blu-Ray recorder and a stack of 50GB Discs. THEY are the ones that go off-site to my mother-in-laws. I will now go there and stand them up as I did not know about storing them flat is a bad thing.

    Thanks Mate.

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  • Comment Link Dave Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:19 posted by Dave

    Hi
    As mentioned by Mark, do you recommend Blu-Rays with their bigger capacity?
    Good video, thanks for the information
    Dave

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  • Comment Link Philip Hansen Tuesday, 02 December 2014 21:45 posted by Philip Hansen

    As for HDD reliability:
    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/

    It i had the cash, and was working full time professional, I would get two 5 disk NAS's running dual disk redundancy, one on site and one off site. Filled with Hitachi 3tb disks.

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  • Comment Link Graham van de Ruit Tuesday, 02 December 2014 22:33 posted by Graham van de Ruit

    Thanks Matt for the good advice just at the right time.

    Flickr gives 1TB of free space for jpegs (with options for setting viewing permissions). It’s certainly not a final solution for a serious photographer, but it’s another useful (FREE!) option for anyone looking to backup cheaply.

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  • Comment Link Bill Wednesday, 03 December 2014 01:08 posted by Bill

    Thanks Matt...

    Great video

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  • Comment Link Ralph Hightower Wednesday, 03 December 2014 01:10 posted by Ralph Hightower

    Matt,
    I've worked in the computer industry since 1974. I have seen the industry change tremendously.

    You have a great backup strategy of using RAID and offsite storage. Yes, hard drives will fail. But you make it seem that SSD drives are infallible. It has been a long time since I worked for a computer manufacturer and I don't understand the electronics of the SSD technologies. But SSD, CF, and SD have an unknown, but limited, cycle of writes; it is like the shutter lifetime of professional cameras. A DSLR camera manufacturer may say the shutter has a life of 200,000 actuations because they have tested it extensively; you may get a camera that exceeds that or fails before then. Solid state memory is like shutter clicks; each write cycle reduces the life of the unit.

    Cloud storage? Companies can go belly up. Your data may disappear in bankruptcy or be aquired by another company.

    Finally, there has been a huge shift in technology from 8 bit computers in the 1970's in personal computers to 16 bit in the 80's to 32 bit and 64 bit. One thing is constant and that is change. Computer technology, operating systems, and applications will change. File formats will change; there is no guarantee that future file formats will remain backward compatible. Should the storage medium change, the data should be moved to the new media for preservation.

    There is one medium that is able to be viewed by humans of the content and that is film. Even looking at color negative film, the contents of the image can be seen. With digital, it requires compatible media and software for displaying the image.

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  • Comment Link Sally A. Schwartz Friday, 05 December 2014 14:09 posted by Sally A. Schwartz

    Thank You Matt! Very helpful!! Love your videos. Love the knowledge you pass on.

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