Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
303 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 70


  Reply # 1468983 13-Jan-2016 10:57
Send private message

JimmyH:

I have circa 9TB of files...

What I am planning to do is burn all the media etc to DL Blu Ray disks (which cost about $8 locally for good ones, but can be imported in 100+ quantities for around $3.40 each incl shipping). Then store those offsite. I will burn a new disc every 7-10 days as material is added.

While burning around 180 discs will be a pain in the backside, I will spread it over 3-4 months, and the cost should only be around $600. Then ongoing cost of about $110 per annum to keep up with media additions. I will use re-writable discs to snapshot the changing data directory.


Phew! That seems like a lot of hard work. I think I would just buy 4 or 5 2TB portable HDDs. Similar price, more flexibility, reusable, and can backup 2TB each without user intervention. Even cheaper if you buy 2TB desktop HDD's.

Then store off site, and hope you never *need* to use them. The last drive can freshened from time to time with something like "FreeFileSync" to keep recent data updated.

303 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 70


  Reply # 1468987 13-Jan-2016 11:04
Send private message

kiwifidget:
I use FreeFileSync to keep a daily copy of all data on a USB drive, which is swapped out every weekend, and kept in a safe in the house.


I just discovered "FreeFileSync" a few days ago. Perfect for keeping folders in sync. I have 000's of TV programmes, songs etc etc on an entertainment 2TB portable HDD, and the contents of that drive change all the time as I delete watched programmes, and add new programmes for future viewing etc. FreeFileSync keeps the backup drive in sync so easily.

I used to compare and sync the drives/ folders manually - often took hours with file explorer comparing files side by side, now, so easy, just a few minutes, and the PC does all the work - and no errors, unlike when I did the job!

Can recommend people have a look at it.

 
 
 
 


3688 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 427

Trusted

  Reply # 1468992 13-Jan-2016 11:18
One person supports this post
Send private message

Hiamie:
kiwifidget:
I use FreeFileSync to keep a daily copy of all data on a USB drive, which is swapped out every weekend, and kept in a safe in the house.


I just discovered "FreeFileSync" a few days ago. Perfect for keeping folders in sync. I have 000's of TV programmes, songs etc etc on an entertainment 2TB portable HDD, and the contents of that drive change all the time as I delete watched programmes, and add new programmes for future viewing etc. FreeFileSync keeps the backup drive in sync so easily.

I used to compare and sync the drives/ folders manually - often took hours with file explorer comparing files side by side, now, so easy, just a few minutes, and the PC does all the work - and no errors, unlike when I did the job!

Can recommend people have a look at it.


even

robocopy source: dest: /MIR  /s

would have done the job better than doing it by hand....




Previously known as psycik

NextPVR/OpenHAB: 
Gigabyte AMD A8 Brix --> Samsung LA46A650D via HDMI, NextPVR,OpenHAB with Aeotech ZWave Controller
Media:Chromecast v2, ATV4, Roku3, Raspberry PI temperature Sensors and Bluetooth LE Sensors,HDHomeRun Dual
Windows 2012 
Host (Plex Server/Crashplan): 2x2TB, 2x3TB, 1x4TB using DriveBender, Samsung 850 evo 512 GB SSD, Hyper-V Server with 1xW10, 1xW2k8, 2xUbuntu 16.04 LTS, Crashplan, NextPVR channel for Plex,NextPVR Metadata Agent and Scanner for Plex


gsr

88 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 24


  Reply # 1468993 13-Jan-2016 11:21
One person supports this post
Send private message

A little off topic, but just in case any Uni students are reading this, if your Uni e-mail is managed by google (like Auckland Uni), you get free unlimited space on google drive.

11523 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5242

Trusted

  Reply # 1468994 13-Jan-2016 11:22
Send private message

Kopkiwi:
MikeB4:
Kopkiwi: I stopped caring when it said "she had no contents insurance"

Not really news then is it.


She is in Christchurch, is there still hassles to get insurance there and at what price?


No. There isn't

Source, live in Christchurch got contents insurance easy as getting it in Wellington and at a similar price. If not cheaper.


That's good to know, I wasn't sure if it was back to normal down there.




Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

 It's our only home, lets clean it up then...

 

Take My Advice, Pull Down Your Pants And Slide On The Ice!

 

 


265 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 42

Subscriber

  Reply # 1470143 13-Jan-2016 16:06
Send private message

davidcole:
Hiamie:
kiwifidget:
I use FreeFileSync to keep a daily copy of all data on a USB drive, which is swapped out every weekend, and kept in a safe in the house.


I just discovered "FreeFileSync" a few days ago. Perfect for keeping folders in sync. I have 000's of TV programmes, songs etc etc on an entertainment 2TB portable HDD, and the contents of that drive change all the time as I delete watched programmes, and add new programmes for future viewing etc. FreeFileSync keeps the backup drive in sync so easily.

I used to compare and sync the drives/ folders manually - often took hours with file explorer comparing files side by side, now, so easy, just a few minutes, and the PC does all the work - and no errors, unlike when I did the job!

Can recommend people have a look at it.


even

robocopy source: dest: /MIR  /s

would have done the job better than doing it by hand....


Use /D as well, put it in a batch file, and run it under task scheduler!  Frequently!




gml


364 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 41

Subscriber

  Reply # 1470851 14-Jan-2016 14:02
Send private message

Hiamie:
kiwifidget:
I use FreeFileSync to keep a daily copy of all data on a USB drive, which is swapped out every weekend, and kept in a safe in the house.


I just discovered "FreeFileSync" a few days ago. Perfect for keeping folders in sync. I have 000's of TV programmes, songs etc etc on an entertainment 2TB portable HDD, and the contents of that drive change all the time as I delete watched programmes, and add new programmes for future viewing etc. FreeFileSync keeps the backup drive in sync so easily.

I used to compare and sync the drives/ folders manually - often took hours with file explorer comparing files side by side, now, so easy, just a few minutes, and the PC does all the work - and no errors, unlike when I did the job!

Can recommend people have a look at it.


Looks like Cubby but ~$100/y cheaper...




Circumspice.


2333 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 985


  Reply # 1471307 14-Jan-2016 20:19
Send private message

Hiamie:

Phew! That seems like a lot of hard work. I think I would just buy 4 or 5 2TB portable HDDs. Similar price, more flexibility, reusable, and can backup 2TB each without user intervention. Even cheaper if you buy 2TB desktop HDD's.

Then store off site, and hope you never *need* to use them. The last drive can freshened from time to time with something like "FreeFileSync" to keep recent data updated.


Yep. That's what I do now. A couple of them have failed however, and I'm not inclined to treat hard drives on a shelf as long-term storage any longer.

It's not much hard work if I do it gradually over a few months (say 1-3 discs a night, which burn while I do other things). Once I chew through the backlog, I only have to burn 2-3 discs a month as I add media. Keep an index of what is on what disk in a spreadsheet as I go.

Still checking on the reliability of the discs for long-term storage however. I thought the 50GB Verbatims were pretty reliable if stored properly, but Freitasm's comment reinforces that I need to check this first.

20576 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3961

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1471343 14-Jan-2016 21:16
Send private message

If you do this, make SFV files or some other verification before you burn so you can verify the files are intact periodically.

Ive always wondered if there was some validity in something to make a whole lot of parity files and spread them over discs so that a certain number could fail and you still have your data etc, but really you would need block level checking rather than a whole file check for it to be worthwhile.




Richard rich.ms

569 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 127


  Reply # 1471458 14-Jan-2016 23:19
Send private message

timmmay: Christchurch woman loses 'everything of value' in ransack burglary

The poor foolish girl. How can the university not at least once point out that backups are a good idea. So make sure your friends and family have backups. Heck Mozy is free for 2GB of data, or CrashPlan software will let them back up to their friends computers.


Speaking of lost data.... (long - 22mins)


3886 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 161


  Reply # 1471470 14-Jan-2016 23:48
Send private message

This is great stuff to see reported in the news.

It got reported, in my view, because we're having a crime spree down here currently. 

I think social media is likely driving this stuff too.  There are just dozens of online facebook groups that this stuff gets fenced on.

We just have to keep hamming home the message to people that off site backups are important.

We also have to make it easier for people to do it.

I've been writing programs to just image the whole machine over the summer break.  I'm just over the whole OS back up thing.  By the time I fight with ACL rights and deal with complex configurations, it's just simpler to snap shot the whole system.

We need to push this technology on to consumer gear.  Rather than running the OS on your hardware, you need to be able to virtualise the hardware and just snap the disk.  We also need to be thinking in terms of RAID 1 and dual media in equipment.

I should be able to just hotswap out the disks on my machine to just back stuff up.  That's of course for laptops.  At device level, we need to be making smart phones and tablets with dual card slots and having RAID on those too, as well as getting people up and running with wireless cloud backups.





Promote New Zealand - Get yourself a .kiwi.nz domain name!!!

Check out mine - i.am.a.can.do.kiwi.nz - don@i.am.a.can.do.kiwi.nz


15331 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4046

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1473147 17-Jan-2016 13:43
Send private message

DonGould: This is great stuff to see reported in the news.

It got reported, in my view, because we're having a crime spree down here currently. 

I think social media is likely driving this stuff too.  There are just dozens of online facebook groups that this stuff gets fenced on.

We just have to keep hamming home the message to people that off site backups are important.

We also have to make it easier for people to do it.

I've been writing programs to just image the whole machine over the summer break.  I'm just over the whole OS back up thing.  By the time I fight with ACL rights and deal with complex configurations, it's just simpler to snap shot the whole system.

We need to push this technology on to consumer gear.  Rather than running the OS on your hardware, you need to be able to virtualise the hardware and just snap the disk.  We also need to be thinking in terms of RAID 1 and dual media in equipment.

I should be able to just hotswap out the disks on my machine to just back stuff up.  That's of course for laptops.  At device level, we need to be making smart phones and tablets with dual card slots and having RAID on those too, as well as getting people up and running with wireless cloud backups.



Why would you write products when there are SO many capable off the shelf products which are both well regarded and inexpensive?

Does your product do something new or better ?

Seems like reinventing the wheel.

1480 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 360


  Reply # 1473156 17-Jan-2016 14:08
Send private message

Dual slots for smart phones??? Cloud backup works flawlessly already

477 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 67


  Reply # 1473168 17-Jan-2016 14:15
Send private message

You see this all the time in the news.
When working as a tech I repeatedly told customers.
They never listened until after standing in workshop, sobbing, pleading with me to get their data back.
(gets out wand....)

Only 1 person ever, out of the lot listened and backs up regularly - on separate devices.

87 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 1473559 18-Jan-2016 10:19
Send private message

timmmay: Christchurch woman loses 'everything of value' in ransack burglary

The poor foolish girl. How can the university not at least once point out that backups are a good idea. So make sure your friends and family have backups. Heck Mozy is free for 2GB of data, or CrashPlan software will let them back up to their friends computers.

 

 

 

When I first read this article, the first thing I thought of was why didn't she backup her data to a) The cloud b) External HDD c) Both of the above.

 

 

 

Poor girl, not a nice feeling to lose all of her hard work though. Just hope they find burglar and get her things back.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21


Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53


$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27


Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02


Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15


Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37


Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59


Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42


New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18


All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54


How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52


NOW to deploy SD-WAN to regional councils
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:46


Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch
Posted 18-Dec-2017 10:52


New Zealand government to create digital advisory group
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:47


Australia datum changes means whole country moving 1.8 metres north-east
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:39



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.