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1  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / ...and yet another sale on 750 GB drives on: October 17, 2006, 02:53:27 PM
Appologies for all the forum chatter, but Fry's (Outpost) has them for $299!

http://shop4.outpost.com/product/4924331?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

-eric-
2  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: RAW captures stored & accessed via network file server? on: October 17, 2006, 02:50:39 PM
My client has been working this way for some time now with (up until recently) no problems. Something has come up recently where Bridge is encountering an error and crashes, so I'm starting to suspect a network gremlin. Per Peter's point, its probably best to work on local files. Keep the variables to a minimum!

-eric-
3  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: RAW captures stored & accessed via network file server? on: October 17, 2006, 07:15:51 AM
This is a Gigabit network, but your point is taken. I was curious about Bridge and how it would handle cache files for network folders...and now i know!

Thanks!

-eric-
4  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / RAW captures stored & accessed via network file server? on: October 17, 2006, 06:43:46 AM
Is there any inherent risk in downloading your RAW captures to a file server, then from another workstation pointing Bridge at that volume to build previews, perform ACR tweaks, etc.?

Cheers,

-eric-
5  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Preparing new hard drives on: October 17, 2006, 06:39:32 AM
I think that's the same e-mail I got!

 Wink

-eric-
6  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Preparing new hard drives on: October 16, 2006, 04:36:42 PM
Quote from: DigitalTasmania
BTW - I'm on an intel-based MAC . . . disk warrior won't work ( despite spending $$$ on it  Huh ) - are their any other similar aps that might work on intel MACS? How important is it to "clean things up" with Disk Warrior when you are setting up new drives?

Micromat's TechTool Pro also has directory optimizing routines (hidden under the Optimization tab), and they currently have a Universal verion for Intel Macs. The word is that Alsoft is working on a Universal version of Disk Warrior (at least I hope so!) which should be ready sometime soon.

Cheers,

-eric-
7  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Best way to back up a JBOD off site? on: October 16, 2006, 04:30:04 PM
Thanks again Peter! We'll try for the 750's...

-eb-
8  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / 750 GB drives on sale at ZipZoomFly for $349, free shipping! on: October 16, 2006, 10:34:58 AM
FYI...

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=101447

Cheers,

-eric-
9  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: Best way to back up a JBOD off site? on: October 16, 2006, 08:26:42 AM
Are these Image files?

Is most of it getting put away and then does not get adjusted again, or is material routinely getting changed after it has been archived?

I'd suggest that he's in the market for an 8-bay  Burly box or two, filled with 750's. 

I think a duplicate set of 750's would be the first backup.  I'd use something like Chronosync or SuperDuper to automatically back this stuff up as drives get filled.  I don't know the tape drive landscape, but I assume that this would be the best option for the third copy.  I guess Blu-ray is possible as well.

Yes, these are image files. His current workflow is to download his cards from a shoot to a folder on his "ingesting" G4. This is typically 15-20 GB of data, from multiple cameras. Then they get lined up according to date/time from the EXIF data and renamed with a new unique identifier. At this stage they get burned to write once media and copied to an external FW drive. The problem is where to put this ever-growing archive, and then how to back this up.

I'm currently pitching a 5 bay Sonnet Fusion enclosure (the port multiplier is attractive to me) filled with 500 GB drives, with the possibility of additional trays and drives for off-site backup. That will give him two drives for originals, two for derivatives, and another drive for working backup if necessary (the 1 TB internal RAID is already getting backed up regularly to an external 1 TB RAID). Not sure if this is going to be enough! But the price difference between 500 and 750 GB drives is significant. Thoughts?

I think tape is still a good cold storage solution, but for quick access nothing is faster than a HD. Steve says there is some new longevity data about drives that are shelved for extended periods of time? I'd be interested in seeing that.

Thanks!

-eric-
10  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: sonnet drive boxes - any comments? on: October 16, 2006, 08:18:48 AM
We have sold a  number of these Sonnet boxes and they seem like solid products. Feedback from end-users has been positive!

Regards,

Eric Bullock
Mac Business Solutions
11  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Best way to back up a JBOD off site? on: October 13, 2006, 05:46:13 AM
Hello - What is the consensus on the best way to keep a backup of a big drive box off-site? Does one keep an entire drive box and shuttle it back and forth? Or, if just drive caddies are moved back and forth, what is the best way to facilitate re-synching them?

Cheers,

Eric
12  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Has anyone tried Synk? on: May 11, 2006, 05:25:18 PM
I have. It seems to work fine! Its very much like ChronoSync in my limited experience.

Eric Bullock
Mac Business Solutions
13  DAM Stuff / Backup Strategies and Tools / Re: Carbon Copy settings for making back up bootable copies of HDs on: May 11, 2006, 05:22:26 PM
"Synchronize Source to Target" utilizes Psync...as CCC was also designed to be a front end to this little utility (if desired). Essentially what happens is only new or modified data will get "cloned", instead of a lengthy re-cloning of the whole volume. Think of it as an incremental backup! If you want to use this feature, do a regular clone first. Then switch on the Synchronize Source to target option. You'll run into problems if you don't do that initial clone first.

We'll use the "create disk image on target" when we're backing up client HD's. We have one big server volume on our RAID and don't want to "clone" the drives necessarily. That would erase everything on our target drive! If you create a disk image on the target, it creates a mountable disk image (either compressed or not) that can be used to restore your drive. By itself it is not bootable. So odds are you won't need to invoke this option.

Hope this helps.

Eric Bullock
Mac Business Solutions

14  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: 4 Drives in G4 for Server Purpose....is heat an issue? on: May 11, 2006, 05:13:50 PM
I generally don't suggest more than three drives in the old G4 cases. Besides the heat issue, the power supply just can't cope with all those drives spinning in there. I'd say go with an external box like the Weibetech Tray Dock.

Eric Bullock
Mac Business Solutions
15  DAM Stuff / Hardware Discussions / Re: How to make a multiple bootable disk in one external drive? on: May 11, 2006, 05:09:02 PM
I have just started using Super Duper - so far so good. The basic version that will clone is free to download. Nice interface, good manual, too.

We like SuperDuper quite a bit, and if you want to read something pretty interesting on the various tols out there for "cloning" Mac OS X volumes then follow this link:

http://blog.plasticsfuture.org/2006/03/05/the-state-of-backup-and-cloning-tools-under-mac-os-x/

Most service providers and technicians are now adopting Super Duper as their tool of choice. Although we'll still use Carbon Copy Cloner if the source drive is having problems (like bad sectors, etc). CCC will skirt around bad sectors if it can, wheras SuperDuper will just stall.

And as Peter suggests, definitely test your clones to make sure they're working right!

Happy cloning!

Eric Bullock
Mac Business Solutions
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