Having lost photos and videos in the past, I am fairly cautious about my media these days. I keep local and remote backups and I use hardware that writes my data redundantly onto sets of drives, so that I don't lose anything if one of the drives goes down. I have also purchased data recovery … Continue reading A review of the Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery software
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e79Bu2dQEHA We need to focus our efforts on finding more permanent ways to store data. What we have now is inadequate. Hard drives are susceptible to failure, data corruption and data erasure (see effects of EM pulses for example). CDs and DVDs become unreadable after several years and archival-quality optical media also stops working after … Continue reading Permanent data storage
I've been a paying CrashPlan customer since 2012 and my initial backup still hasn't finished. I've been a paying Backblaze customer for less than a month and my initial backup is already complete. I'm not a typical customer for backup companies. Most people back up about 1 TB of data or less. The size of … Continue reading A comparison of CrashPlan and Backblaze
While working on the fifth episode of RTTE, I learned first hand the value of a good backup. The hard drive on my editing computer (my MacBook Pro) died suddenly and without warning. Thankfully, my data was backed up in two geographically different locations. The day my hard drive died, I'd just gotten done with … Continue reading The value of a good backup
Some of the most important technology programs that keep Washington accountable are in danger of being eliminated. Data.gov, USASpending.gov, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only being a tiny fraction of the national budget. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dyTnlpcZsc Help save the data and make sure … Continue reading Save the data!
My recent musings on high definition and the state of the technology behind it have spurred me to think about data storage (not that it's a new subject for me). But so far, I've commented only on what's already been developed, and didn't take the time to think about what's next. What's the motivation behind … Continue reading What’s next in data storage?
Updated 11/01/16: I've revised my opinion of CrashPlan. See here for the details. Last week, I wrote an article called "What's On Your Drobo", and in it, I mentioned that I was going to try to use an app called CrashPlan to do backups from my photo library in Romania to my backup location in … Continue reading CrashPlan works for transatlantic backups
➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. The folks at Data Robotics put together a short video that showcases Drobo owners talking about what they store on their … Continue reading What’s on your Drobo?
The folks from ioSafe gave me a 500 GB ioSafe Solo drive and asked if I could write about it. The short summary is this: it's quite different from a regular external drive, and yes, it does exactly what it says it's supposed to do -- it is fireproof and waterproof. How is it different? … Continue reading Hardware review: ioSafe Solo, the fireproof and waterproof drive
➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. ➡ Updated 11/23/09: The new DroboElite is now available. It differs from the DroboPro because it offers two Gigabit Ethernet ports … Continue reading Hardware preview: DroboPro