In my first year of photography, I shot more than 100,000 pictures, which yielded two results: my photography got better quickly, and my computer's hard drive filled up with picture files. Over the last, I've bought several external hard drives to store and even backup my pictures. Eventually, I bought RAID systems to protect my photos. But these also filled up! Nowadays, I use Drobos to store and protect my pictures, and when drives fill up I can just swap them with a new bigger drive. But what should I do with all those old drives? They're … [Read more...] about Repurposing Old Equipment: Hard Drives
Drobo's newest entry into affordable, safe storage--the Drobo 5C is available today. What's new? Watch my interview with Drobo CEO Mihir Shah and Chief Technology Officer Rod Harrison as they present the new 5C. https://vimeo.com/185221618 Features The big news is the Drobo 5C adds another drive bay and it sports the ultra high speed USB C connector. USB C boasts Read performance of up to 241 megabytes per second (220MB/Sec average) and write speed up to 261 MB/sec (average 255 MB/Sec.) The 5C officially retires Drobo's venerable 4 bay … [Read more...] about Introducing the Drobo 5C
Photographers buy hard drives in external enclosures to keep up with the data they create with digital cameras and post-production software. When one fills up, another drive along with an enclosure is purchased. Before too long, there are several individual drives on the desk, each in its own enclosure. There has to be a more efficient way. Thanks to Drobo there is. Before I explain, there's some background info. Drobo or JBOD? JBOD is an acronym for Just A Bunch of Discs. This is where all photographers, myself included, start. It makes … [Read more...] about Cost: Drobo v/s Individual Drives
As a professional photographer in the digital age, protecting your data is one of the most important things you can do for your business (or hobby). Having come from a very heavy Computer and programming background, when I started shooting professionally, my backup routine was top priority! The first thing we'll cover is how to store and organize your files which covers the first of the Three C's. Copy First and foremost you have to copy your files from your camera to your computer. There are dozens of ways to do this i'm sure you're all … [Read more...] about The Three C’s of File Management – Copy, Clone, and Cloud!
Data loss is something that I wish upon no one. Those who have experienced this catastrophe already know that one occurrence can easily mess up one's day, jack up one's week, and quite possibly destroy one's year. Many of us have priceless photos of those we love, places we've experienced, and people we've seen. We want to keep those photos with us for our lifetime! That's why some of us have resorted to external hard drives to archive the lovely photos we take, right? But the right workflow matters. Using External Storage There are several … [Read more...] about Safe and Simple External Storage
Check out the rest of Organize Your Photos: DAM Foundations Consolidate Conform Cull Copy Clear The first step in organizing a new repository is getting the files all in one place. The goal is to clean off all of the various drives on which they are found. In this step, duplicate files and directories will be created. Do not worry. Eventually, duplicates will be removed. Until then, err on the side of caution so, in your zeal to clean and purge, nothing important is lost. Assemble the Ingredients Before starting, … [Read more...] about Consolidate: Create A Rough Repository
Face it. Death is a part of life. This is true of people. It's true for hard drives,too. Those containers of mass data on high speed spinning disks have a life span just like we do. So how long will a hard drive last? Great question! MTBF The MTBF is touted as a feature in the specifications of most hard drive. What is it? MTBF stands for Mean Time Between Failures. Mean means average. So the MTBF of a drive is the average number of hours it will work before it fails. The operating word here is average. Since it is an average, some drive will … [Read more...] about All Hard Drives Will Die
The Thecus N2560, is a two-bay NAS targeted for the prosumer. What does that mean in layman's terms for someone like me? Simple, I have more storage space. My Need for More Space I'm not a tech person. Just ask Richard Harrington who shakes his head at my MacBook when I can't figure why my scratch disks are full. I use the excuse I'm too busy with single parenthood and working to deal with hard drives, computers and techy stuff. When I had the chance to have more hard drive space, I was excited and jumped for the opportunity. Connection and … [Read more...] about The Thecus N2560