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    Storing music library, best options?

    My GF had a catastrophic PC crash, and the only option was a restore which left her ipod music library (17000 songs+) unrecoverable. She rebuilt her library, which took considerable time. To prevent future loss, is there a good way to store massive file libraries? Cost effectiveness is a concern. A 16GB flash drive at Chinamart is $39. Are there bigger and cheaper ones? Other storage devices? Thanks.
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    You can get a big external hard drive for cheap, also at Chinamart. I keep 80g of music on my external hard drive connected to my PC, then stream it to my laptop over the wireless connection. Granted, all my eggs are on the external drive, but it's a lot safer than storing it on my 10 year old PC's internal drive.
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    I don't really need 500GB, but that seems cheap enough. Thanks.
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    Externals are mighty cheap and mighty effective. If you want to be truly hardcore you could back up on externals and DVD's
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomv View Post
    Externals are mighty cheap and mighty effective. If you want to be truly hardcore you could back up on externals and DVD's
    or tape backups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faster View Post
    or tape backups.
    My Pc does have a tape drive. Would that have enough storage? Probably takes forever to download.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar669 View Post
    My Pc does have a tape drive. Would that have enough storage? Probably takes forever to download.
    They used to many years ago (which is my only experience with them). I would imagine if it was a frequent/routine back up like in the middle of the night or something it might not be so bad.

    I am chancing it with keepign it all on the internal HD.

    Slightly related, would an extra internal be a good idea (or a raid set up, the little i know about them) or are those susceptable to power surges and mess ups as well?

    My caveat with externals is that they tend to get handled more so durability would be a concern. That being said, I still use a 120gb external for backup purposes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar669 View Post
    I don't really need 500GB, but that seems cheap enough. Thanks.
    You'll probably pay $15-$20 less for a 200 or 300gb drive, for all that extra space its not much more money. You might as well future proof your investment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reko View Post
    Slightly related, would an extra internal be a good idea (or a raid set up, the little i know about them) or are those susceptable to power surges and mess ups as well?
    I don't know what a power surge will do to an HDD, but the vast majority of the failures I've seen have been one drive at a time. In that case a RAID 1 (duplicate drives) or RAID 5 (3 or more drives striped with one drive redundancy) would work for you. It depends what your card (or motherboard) supports. The other thing you have to worry about is whether or not you have to blow up your current setup to create the RAID array, which would involve backing everything up somewhere else and restoring. You'd have to check the documentation on your RAID card for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doobs View Post
    I don't know what a power surge will do to an HDD, but the vast majority of the failures I've seen have been one drive at a time. In that case a RAID 1 (duplicate drives) or RAID 5 (3 or more drives striped with one drive redundancy) would work for you. It depends what your card (or motherboard) supports. The other thing you have to worry about is whether or not you have to blow up your current setup to create the RAID array, which would involve backing everything up somewhere else and restoring. You'd have to check the documentation on your RAID card for that.
    I was asking more in reference to simply adding another, separate HD. I don't do stuff that is that important to warrant a backup in addition to an external HD, I was just curious. Good info though!
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    I'd go with the external hard drive. I have little USB ones out for super cheap nowadays.

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    I have three letters for you... N.A.S.

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    We just set up a NAS for one of the VPs at my company and he's got 1Tb of redundant (RAID 1) storage which we set up for about 500$. I know it's more expensive than others solutions that have been presented but it's pretty damn sweet. The device we set up can stream music/video, download/upload torrents, act as a DHCP server, and has a nice web interface
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reko View Post
    They used to many years ago (which is my only experience with them). I would imagine if it was a frequent/routine back up like in the middle of the night or something it might not be so bad.

    I am chancing it with keepign it all on the internal HD.

    Slightly related, would an extra internal be a good idea (or a raid set up, the little i know about them) or are those susceptable to power surges and mess ups as well?

    My caveat with externals is that they tend to get handled more so durability would be a concern. That being said, I still use a 120gb external for backup purposes.
    My external HD has moved exactly 3 times in the 3 years I've owned it. Granted, I just keep it with my PC, but if you've got two computers you can access it via the wireless network. It's very convenient for my laptop. It does kinda screw with my WMP library, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder View Post
    I have three letters for you... N.A.S.

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    We just set up a NAS for one of the VPs at my company and he's got 1Tb of redundant (RAID 1) storage which we set up for about 500$. I know it's more expensive than others solutions that have been presented but it's pretty damn sweet. The device we set up can stream music/video, download/upload torrents, act as a DHCP server, and has a nice web interface
    A NAS system is pretty cool but overkill for the everyday home user.
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    Store all your music and everything on your PC and then back it up regularly to the external so that you have 2 copies of everything.

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