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Old 11-10-2005, 05:52 PM
elihesamian elihesamian is offline
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Default Which way is safer for making a backup?!

Hello Friends,

There is a stress about to lose our digital works,always,...recently one of TE members lost his hardware(PC) and all his works gone!
For making a safe back up,which way you do?!

* to write on usual CD
* to write on DVD
* to use an external hard
*...???

can be useful if you share your advice,

Thanks
Mohammad
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:05 PM
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Default Re: Which way is safer for making a backup?!

Hi Friend,
This is what i do:
1. backup themes in normal CD's
2. then backup several CD's into DVD's

This way i have at least 2 backups for the same thing... if the cd crash i have the dvd, if the dvd crash i can always gather the cd's and make another dvd copy... If both fail i'm the unluckiest man in the world ;)
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:09 PM
Darren Darren is offline
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Default Re: Which way is safer for making a backup?!

Well, the truth is, none of them are foolproof and the best answer would be all three. Personally, I burn two CDs, on two different brands of media for each 512mb card I shoot. I then back up everything to DVD as well, just for redundancy. I do tend to let images linger on my harddrives for two reasons. One is that I have too much space (770 gigs) on my computer and the other is that I am just plain lazy and don't do all the computer houskeeping I should.

As a rule of thumb, CDs are thought to be better in terms of longetivity than DVDs, both of which are possibly behind harddrives. I have a very hard time myself trusting something as intricate as a harddrive for real long term storage though, but that is just me. At the very least, I would say you should have multiple copies of any file you care about, and I would not recommend you buy cheap CDs or DVDs for storage. Buy quality and store them somewhere dark and not too hot.
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:17 PM
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Default Re: Which way is safer for making a backup?!

The ultimate solution ;)

Get a good and safe server to backup your photos, rent something like several Gbps and you are done, they backup daily, if you make a formal contract you can even get refunds for any loss... expensive but safe!
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:21 PM
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Default Re: Which way is safer for making a backup?!

I use hard drives and DVD's for backup and also when I travel (but for that you also need a laptop...a small and light would do).
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:52 PM
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Default Re: Which way is safer for making a backup?!

Hi Mohammad,

My method is to backup on two DVDs (known brands , not cheapies) that I will store in different places. I use LOW speed to write on the DVDs (2X).
Beside that I try to keep interesting photos long on my hard disk.

Jean-Yves
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Old 11-10-2005, 08:19 PM
Clairedelune Clairedelune is offline
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Hi Jean-Yves,

Can I ask you why you use low speed? Is it supposed to be more secure that way?

Claire
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Old 11-10-2005, 08:29 PM
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Yes, CDs and DVDs get more errors if burnt close to their specifications, this applies of course especially to cheapies, but even with the brands I prefer to be on the safe side, a few minutes more don't matter to me.
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Old 11-10-2005, 11:13 PM
Amirsun Amirsun is offline
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Default Re: Which way is safer for making a backup?!

Hi Dear Mohammad!
Very good and useful question!
I have my own way to take care of my data. I always have two H.D.Ds in my PCs (internal drives). The primary drive use for Operating System and daily data trasfer and the second one only use for archive data. I also have scheduled backup of my data on Disks (CD or DVD).
When your PC crash it's rarely happen to destroy both H.D.Ds on your PC. Often the H.D.D runing operating system on it get problems for many reasons. I also agree with Jean(PixelTerror) to use low speed for burn disks.
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Amir
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Old 11-11-2005, 05:59 AM
oochappan oochappan is offline
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Default Re: Which way is safer for making a backup?!

When I travel I burn on DVD and keep copies on an external disk.
At home I copy on another external HD as archive not connected to PC, only using as I need, a persistant virus could destroy all your HD connected.
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