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The moral to this story is:
Keep backups of files.
Export the data ASAP upon completion (worse case - you have dumb data)
Always restart the PC before starting to swear....
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One is in use, one is in the fire safe, and one is offsite. They get roated daily.
The active one is connected to a Linksys NAS(Networked attached storage). NSLU2.
This was an extremely inexpensive backup solution, and has been super reliable.
Every computer in the shop is connected to it, and backed up using 2brightsparks Syncback SE. At $25 a copy, it was dirt cheap, and very flexible.
3Dmonkey, when I'm finished with most of my modeling, I end up just copying and pasting the current file I've been working on, so I have a very recent back... JUST IN CASE!. I'm a firm believer in Murpy's law.
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Everybody who values their data should be following Steve's lead in protecting it. I once worked for a company that saved their backups (tapes in those days) in a fire-proof safe, in a building seperate fom the main design office. Safe? No! A nearby river flooded and the flood was so bad it collapsed the production line, destroyed computer equipment etc. The murky water got into the safe and damaged all the tapes too!
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I plan on replacing them yearly. And I *WILL NEVER* buy Western Digital drives ever again. In the past 10 years, I've seen 4 drives fail. Every one of the WD.
But still, with 300 Gig HDs at $90, external enclosures at $25... And NSLU2 at $75, and the good backup software at $25 a copy, this is *CHEAP* insurance.
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We've got a similar system - the two main workstations (250Gb) are synched to each other (we are rarely working on the same project and it's faster working from a local drive than a server) and also to a 1Tb RAID 5 Terastation which stores all the other junk (reference files etc) and archived projects. Two removable 320Gb HD's are used to store this lot off site. So far it's survived and it's a lot less hassle than using tapes.
With the laser scanner creating and average of 20Gb of data per project so far, I can see us having to get a second Terastation - one company I know of has a Terastation for each project....... lots of scan data!
I'm in the WD are good, Maxtor bad camp of HD buying, having had 3 Maxtor's die in the past 6 months, including one with all my photo's from the last 2 years on it (guess which one hadn't been backed up in a while........)
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