Backup Storage Hard Drive Recommendations Needed

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  1. Ray&Paula macrumors regular

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    Looking for some recommendations for a backup storage drive/s for my original 1080 and 4k media for the new iMac 5k. I don't use Raw and/or Red media. This would be separate from my media RAID hard drives used in FCPX, Motion, etc. Would you suggest another RAID setup, Thunderbolt 2 or just simple usb 3.0? Thanks in advance for your help. Ray
     
  2. Shazaam! macrumors member

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    If it's a backup drive, the speed to which you read and write is unimportant. Use an inexpensive USB 3 connected large capacity hard drive.
     
  3. joema2 macrumors 65816

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    This depends on the criticality of work, size of data and how much downtime you can tolerate after a failure requires loading backups. I think the OP has a 24TB Pegasus2 R8, so backing this up would require a box full of USB 3 portable drives: http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Pegasus2-24TB-System-Thunderbolt/dp/B00GXO0T2G

    If recovering from backup was ever needed, this would require about 1 week for typical USB 3 bus-powered drives.

    A USB portable drive is OK for backing up a small machine with non-critical work. But larger systems like the OP has require higher performance backup. Once you get up into the 20 TB range, using LTO tape has advantages over disk backup: http://www.mlogic.com/products/mtape

    Another option is just using a less-expensive RAID0 array. E.g, the CalDigit T3 can be equipped up to 15TB, which might be enough since the formatted capacity of the Pegasus R8 is significantly less than 24TB: http://www.sharbor.com/caldigit-t3-...05&link_type=similar&link_pos=4&total_opts=11
     
  4. Ray&Paula thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the suggestions and links...... I will take a close look at those drives that you mentioned. I've also been looking into the possibility of a couple of these drives from G-Tech. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1081263-REG/g_technology_0g03594_g_drive_usb_g1_4tb.html. I like saving a backup of a backup therefore, I would rather have a few drives other than one big one. Not having all your eggs in one basket....LOL :rolleyes: On the other hand, another RAID setup such as the Pegasus would be another option, but with a higher price. Thanks again for your help and please keep chiming in. Everybody's thoughts and suggestions are very much appreciated. Ray ;)
     
  5. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Without doubt the best enclosures/drives are OWC's Mercury Elite Pro series. Here is the link:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/1394/USB/EliteAL/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB

    When it comes to backup, it simply does not make sense to buy a cheap drive.
     
  6. joema2 macrumors 65816

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    There is a big price difference between a high-end RAID like the R8 vs a lower-end (but still good) RAID0 solution like the CalDigit T3, or the OWC Thunderbay 4.

    Why use RAID0 for backup? Isn't that less safe? Yes but it's a backup. The only critical scenario would be a simultaneous failure of main and backup drives, and for that you use a separate 3rd backup solution. In return you can get a high capacity, *affordable*, very fast RAID backup solution. This is just one viewpoint, I don't claim it's the only way.

    On my video editing iMac I have a Pegasus R4 and it's backed up three ways: (1) Via Time Machine to a constantly-connected RAID0 G-Raid, (2) Via Carbon Copy to a periodically-connected RAID0 WD MyBook Duo Thunderbolt, and (3) Selective folder backup via Finder copy or Carbon Copy to an assortment of other drives. These are a worst-case backup in case the both main drive and first two backups fail.

    With lots of data on a RAID array you generally need pretty fast backup, else the recovery time can be very protracted.
     
  7. minimalism macrumors member

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    If speed isn't a problem, I'd go for the WD My Book Duo and set it to RAID1. I've made a simple review here.

    You can also avail the Synology backup solutions and configure it to your liking. It costs a lot more though.
     
  8. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I would recommend a RAID array that offers some redundancy in case one of the drives dies.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/M3QX2KIT0GB/

    I would put Toshiba or HGST hard drives in it, the size of the single RAID volume being 3 x the capacity of the drives you choose (all four drives need to be the same size)
     
  9. Ray&Paula thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow! Awesome suggestions...... Been looking at all the links you folks have posted. Lots of great choices! Can't thank you enough...... THANKS, Ray ;)
     

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