Spring Resolution: Back Up
I hate backing up. I do it, but I hate it. If you’re not running back ups, you’re courting heartache. My cautionary tale: A few years back, my brother and I were editing our first indie feature. Our data got corrupted. Nothing was backed up. We lost 3 months of post-production -- the entire film. Starting from scratch nearly killed us. Don’t let it happen to you.
Apple's Time Machine interface let's you go back to the future (without the 1.21 gigawatt toll).
Lacie Starck and Buffalo MiniStation Metro drives boast high capacity and high style.
Lacie’s 1TB Starck hard disk is fully compatible with both Vista and Windows 7. The unit is high on style, and you don’t have to fool around with any goofy drivers or software installs -- everything is plug-and-play. If you’re looking for something a bit more portable, try the Buffalo 500GB MiniStation Metro. Available in black, white, and red, this little guy features rubberized bumper protection and an integrated USB 2.0 cable.
Drobo utilizes multiple hard drvie bays for back up.
If you’re a small business or production house, Data Robotics has some powerful storage options to protect your files and bank account. The Drobo S is a 5-bay enclosure that easily connects to any Mac, Windows, or Linux-based system through USB 2.0, eSATA, or Firewire 800. You’ll need to bring your own 3.5” SATA hard drives to the party, but this is actually a good thing. Unlike traditional RAID housings, Drobo doesn’t require all of the hard drives to be the same brand, capacity, or speed. You’ll need at least 2 hard disks to get started. From there, you can expand as needed by replacing the smallest capacity drive with a larger one.