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Re: [ARSCLIST] Hard disk drives and DAT
At 10:44 AM 2007-03-27, andy kolovos wrote:
While I fully agree with what Tom and others are saying regarding
managed storage, there's another level here that you guys seem
simply to be dismissing--what do individuals and institutions who
lack funds do to manage digital assets on a short-to-medium term
basis? I still feel external HDD has a place in a lower cost,
comprehensive digital asset management plan for people and
organizations with limited funding and access to technology.
I think it's more avoidance than dismissal...
My first suggestion to small archives is "who can you partner with?"
The small arm of U of T is partnering with the main library at U of T
-- something that the library folks want since their goal is to be of
service. I would think Bennington College or someone like that might
be useful. The library digital repository will become as much of a
part of the modern university library as the card catalog has been.
I have another client who is forging a relationship with another
major university. In this case they are tied by geography and religion.
I have recommended three hard drives attached to three servers (and a
server is very loose, my third set of hard drives is split between
two computers). This can work up to 10, maybe 20 hard drives. I
recommend aluminum drive cases with USB 2.0 and FW400 connectivity,
not raw drives.
I also recommend ViceVersa Pro as the tool that performs updates (but
do not propagate deletes).
I have some pretty out-of-date documentation on this here:
I now have three sets of six 250 GB drives spinning. One is off site
in my neighbour's basement at the end of a fibre optic cable.
I think this solution works well up to perhaps 10-20 TB.
Shelf storage of hard drives is culturally a bad idea as it just is
adding another format to the shelf along with the magnetic tape and
optical discs. Shelf storage is not "in your face" I have to deal
with migration issues when I switch to the new operating system after Vista.
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