Re: External HD Instead of Cloud Storage [Was: RE: encrypt before saving to the sky (was "Google Drive or Dropbox for document...)]

Subject: Re: External HD Instead of Cloud Storage [Was: RE: encrypt before saving to the sky (was "Google Drive or Dropbox for document...)]
From: David Crosswell <davidcrosswell -at- internode -dot- on -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:41:52 +1000

On 22/04/13 08:12, McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> I thought that SSDs would solve that problem - with no moving parts, they are orders of magnitude more rugged.
> However, they are fragile in other ways. I recently read - I think it was on ZDnet - that SSDs can corrupt data if they experience power irregularities.

Irrespective of medium, drop-box, Google-Docs, external drive, whatever,
dropping them is not the only hazard.
Even in the house, theft is a real potential these days, let alone
wandering around with the data.
You still need a decent grade encryption factor.
Cheers!

David

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>
> Next, we'll have quantum storage. When asked, it will tell you what you put into it until, one day, Schroedinger's cat shows up alive, and all quantum bets are off.
>
> :-)
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> Meanwhile, I'd talked the wife into having offsite storage, and so as part of our weekly shopping trip, we stop at the bank to put a 1TB external drive into our safe deposit box, and take out the oldest one to go back into the rotation.
>
> She rarely has more than a few dozen new files, and maybe a couple of hundred pre-existing files that got touched in the past month, so every backup is an overlapping incremental, leapfrog affair, and not a full-on new backup of her system. That is, if she backs up today, it's to a drive that contains the state of her business a month ago. And there are three or four drives in the lockup with progressively more recent backups.
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> Subject: RE: External HD Instead of Cloud Storage [Was: RE: encrypt before saving to the sky (was "Google Drive or Dropbox for document...)]
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> I use multiple external drives at home to store my photography and technical writing business material, and I have a couple of portable HDs for when I travel. I use Dropbox to send large files to printers or tw customers, but that is about the extent of my cloud used at this moment. I may expand in the future, but it depends on the contract (between them now). However, I also agree with Gene....you need to be careful carrying around external drives. If you drop them, they may experience a catastrophic crash....and 3 TB is a lot of data to loose.
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> All the talk about online storage has me curious - does anyone use a portable external hard drive *instead* of online storage, like Dropbox? I was just @ Best Buy and it seems like external hard drives are coming down in price. There's a 3 TB external hard drive for $159. Does anyone use multiple drives like that instead of Dropbox?
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External HD Instead of Cloud Storage [Was: RE: encrypt before saving to the sky (was "Google Drive or Dropbox for document...)]: From: Paul Hanson
RE: External HD Instead of Cloud Storage [Was: RE: encrypt before saving to the sky (was "Google Drive or Dropbox for document...)]: From: Al Geist
RE: External HD Instead of Cloud Storage [Was: RE: encrypt before saving to the sky (was "Google Drive or Dropbox for document...)]: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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