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  1. Make sure you don't end up creating a heat problem with the foam/metal. I've hung an extra drive by using a spacer and hanging the drive under the metal cage. That way it can expel heat on each side. Obviously depends on the config of the drive cage.
  2. My biggest problem with commercial cloud is not so much archiving data TO the cloud, its retrieving data FROM the cloud after an 'event'. As the number of files / gigs of data increases, it becomes less attractive as my first choice of recovery. Especially if my gigabit fiber is no longer viable, and I'm pushed to share someone else's 5 meg or 20 meg connection. If you're not looking at a huge volume, its a fine choice so long as it is not your only choice.
  3. For long-term archiving, I use a combination of M-Disc and removable drives. I also never remove the originals from either my primary machine nor the copies on either NAS. I make frequent backups to removable hard drive (usually daily, but never longer than weekly). When I can fill one, a copy of new files to MDisc. One copy stays on site, one copy to a safe deposit box, one copy to another off-site repository. The copy left on the local machine is for fast, easy access. The two NAS copies are for convenience (too lazy to walk to the safe). The on-site backup in the safe so I can recover quicker than waiting to get access to the bank / off-site repository. Obviously, if all else fails, off-site rules. Why MDisc / Hard Drive? MDisc come in 4.5Gb - 100Gb, far too small to store my archives but longer shelf life. The drives (4T - 8T) hold my entire archive on fewer/faster media, making them easier to recover with the downside they are less shelf-stable. The MDiscs require many media be reloaded for a full recovery so are my least-favored choice. It all boils down to what are you saving, how quickly do you need to retrieve it, how long do you want to keep it (want is sometimes longer than need), and how sad will you be if you cannot get it back.
  4. I used NCH Software once to migrate a batch of files from one format to another. I only used it once, but it worked for me. Price was pretty reasonable as well. https://www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html
  5. To the few 'backup evangelists' in the group, I thought this meme was spot on. Maybe 2020 they will add "Regularly", and in 2021 they could add "And Test!"
  6. Would something like this work? NVME to USB 3.1 type 2 adapter. https://www.newegg.com/orico-tcm2-c3-sv-bp-enclosure/p/0VN-0003-001D4
  7. I use Syncovery for a lot of things, not just my photo library. It supports both automatic, scheduled and manual jobs. It can simultaneously copy to multiple destinations (e.g., both of my NAS units concurrently).
  8. Ok Scooter, remaining uninformed isn't your fault. Bloviating "unpopular opinion" on a set of cherry picked Backblaze stats is what most rational 'experts' would probably do anyhow. Just to be clear, you're just assuming that all your 165 viewers bought only the low-failure drives? (if so, I missed that disclaimer in the vid) Do you also assume Backblaze bought every crappy consumer drive for their stats? No one would assume they bought only better drives for their business. You assumed that the annualized failure rate means likelihood. Probably no one would care that failure rates can climb to 10% after two years and up to 20% after three years, right? That means 16 of your viewers are statistically likely to lose data sometime in year 2, and 32 of them in year three. And you're encouraging them (by the title) that they "SHOULDN'T Backup"? Assuming (if the stats worked out perfect) that 100% of those 16 people lost data, they're just collateral damage to your opinion that it "make no sense" based on your research of the subject. BTW, eliminating the cherry picked statistics, actual 'data' failure rates can be above 13% depending on drive and environmental conditions. So for 21 of your 165 viewers, I'm sure 'unintentional' backups will save the day, and you'll be their hero!
  9. I believe its you that 'doth protest too much', avrona. Instead of arguing an unrelated point, maybe you should be taking the responses of people who understand backups and trying to understand how they DO apply to your situation, instead of crafting arguments how they DON'T apply, Guessing you are not classically trained, consider the dictionary definition of Backup: "a person, plan, device, etc., kept in reserve to serve as a substitute, if needed". Notice that the words "percentages and likelihoods" are irrelevant to the definition. If the likelihood is over zero (no matter how low), at some point it may be needed -- but frequency of a single reason is not part of the equation. So no, there is actually no "logic in your logic". Backups are simply about mitigating risk, and risk is not composed of a single factor (frequency of disk failures). The higher your risk aversion, the more 'things' you'll do to avoid failures. A point you were "unintentionally" correct on was your fire comment. There are often multiple ways you COULD mitigate risk. So yes, you could do more to prevent fires rather than deal with the effect of a fire. Of course, since you resist spending $57 to cover a multitude of risks, I highly doubt you have any intentions to install an electronics-friendly, vapor barrier fire suppression system to cover the single risk of fire. I have a laptop in the living room I've never used it for anything except surfing while watching TV. I don't personally need that laptop, hence could care less if it burst into flames on any given day. I'd simply chuck it onto the electronics recycling pile and either surf on my phone, old laptop, or just stop surfing while watching TV. My need of that laptop and the risk of losing it are both essentially zero, so I've never backed it up. I do have more than $57 in available capital, so if I WANT to surf, I'll simply buy a new one! My business machines are a completely different story. They ARE backed up using multiple techniques, many of which you've already been presented. Why? Because I would care if I were out of business for more than a few minutes. Unless you actually don't care about losing data (my laptop example), maybe its time to get better at trying to understand the answers you were given. I'd definitely postpone making that video until you had a minimal understanding of the topic.
  10. I think you missed the <sarcasm> tag. A grass cutting business with three clients and not $57 is probably a 12yo's summer job. And yes, I run 4, all with "intentional" (and real) backups.
  11. Then congrats, they've "unintentionally" done their first off-site backup! <sarcasm off> We all know they're not the first, and certainly not the last to try! We can speculate, but without knowing what business has less than $57 available capital, maybe it doesn't matter. For all we know, it could be a grass cutting business in a spreadsheet. In that case, print a copy and you're still in business when the computer crashes.On the other hand, if the house burns down, you probably have bigger fish to fry than which of my three client's lawn has to be mowed on Wednesday.
  12. I'm unclear what the term "unintentional backup" actually means. I've never heard anyone intentionally use that term. You accidentally copied a file to the wrong folder on the same drive and left it? You replaced your hard drive last year and just left the old files on it?
  13. We use removable USB3 docs with quality drives for most off-line archiving (with a periodic refresh). Its most affordable to have spare drives / docs on the shelf in case of hardware failure. That said, we have client where an LTO drive was required. We went with a Unitex &nbsp;LTO8 drive (USB3/SAS). That way it could be moved to other machines without having to install SAS cards first. You pay a little performance with USB3, but the flexibility was a fair trade-off. They are pretty pricey compared to docks/drives. They use mostly LTO7 tapes because quantities of LTO8 tapes were impossible to find. Unitex also makes cheaper LTO6 drives, YMMV.
  14. If you want more than one on the PCIe add-on card, you might look at the Highpoint SSD7101.
  15. If all else fails, you might try USB Drive Letter Manager. We use this for mounting removable backup drives in our USB3 dock. Worked well.