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Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT

I hope Richard and/or Parker and/or Spec Bros. jump in here. The ONLY answer is managed and constantly migrated storage. You simply cannot live by the old "put it on a shelf in a clean, cool room" idea anymore. Digital storage must be in constant motion -- literally since hard drives have been known to fail or never start up again if left idle on a shelf (ask around Hollywood, everyone has a horror story or two). You have to plan to have a "living" hard drive array that is redundant, preferably with a constantly mirrored clone at a different location, and plan on swapping out drives every XX hours of use or at worst when they inevitably fail. There are firms that do this on an out-source basis, I think. I believe the 90's dot-bomb term was "storage farms." Some of them are actually located in old bomb shelters and missle bunkers.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "andy kolovos" <akolovos@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 5:00 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT


As a short-to-medium-term storage solution--and as a part of a more comprehensive approach--multiple HDD is the best most of us can do at this point in time.

I prefer Maxtor and Western Digital drives, and I favor those that come in enclosures that offer FireWire and an on/off switch. Very vexing to have no on/off switch.

In some cases it can be more cost effective to purchase Maxtor/WD internal drives, reliable external enclosures and build them yourself. I've had good luck with the "Neptune" line of enclosures from Other World Computing (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/add-ons-and-hubs/enclosure-kits) and have heard good things about their "Mercury Elite" enclosures as well.

As others have mentioned, just like Coco Puffs are part of a complete breakfast that includes toast, juice and etc., external HDD is part of comprehensive, lower-cost storage approach that includes optical disc and linear tape.

Not all of us can swing a RAID array. Do the best you can with what you have.



Andy Kolovos
Vermont Folklife Center
3 Court Street ; P.O. Box 442
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-4964
akolovos @ vermontfolklifecenter.org

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