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Old 01-24-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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I've got two 300gig internal hard drives in my desktop system. The intent was to use one as a primary and the second one as my redundancy (not RAID but backed up via a software package that I haven't yet puchased). I began by manually copying my important stuff like documents, pictures, video, songs, etc on a regular basis. The problem I ran into was as I increased my video capturing, I ran out of space on the primary drive and started "borrowing" from the backup.

The new plan is to get a 500G - 1TB external drive for backup stuff and use all 600 of the internal drives for primary. I'll probably dedicate 300 of it just to video.

My first thought was, I'll need a backup drive larger or equal to 600g to backup everything. Truth is, a lot of the space taken up is OSS and installed programs which you really don't back up. So, do you agree that 500g is good enough for backing up 600g worth of drives when you use a folder-selective backup software?

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Seagate 500g Freeagent Pro at Buy.com for $140. 5 year warranty is cool and the price is right. The 750g version is over $100 more for only 50% more space.

Any other ideas?
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:50 PM   #2
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What's OSS?

You need to see how much space the installed programs take up, too. They don't generally take up much space, to be honest.

All that said though, do you think that 600GB (minus OSS/progs) for primary storage is going to be enough long term? Although I agree that $100 for 50% extra is not much of a deal.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:53 PM   #3
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whats the difference between OSS, and OS? I always just thought it was Operating System. Am I missing an S?

 
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:55 PM   #4
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=FANTOM+DRIVES

I have a fantom drive, and LOVE IT!

I have never had any problems with it, and it is quiet as a mouse!

Bobby, Check them out!

They are somewhat cheap and are very nice.

 
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:59 PM   #5
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WOW! here I thought my External HD of 200gb was big
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Haha, start capturing and editing DV video and see how long that 200g lasts. I can't imagine what it's like to move around HD DV.

I now see that the Seagate 750g version on Newegg is only $195 with free shipping. I might go that route or look at the fantom drives. Does anyone know which OEM drive they use on those?

I'm running Windows XP Home SP2 on that machine.

I think at least in the short term, adding the new 300g as primary space will last me for a while. The main space concern is mostly temporary video files. I capture the raw DV, edit down to usable clips and save those in DV, assemble finished "movies", then usually trash the original captured stuff. I consider the edited down DV files as my masters, not the bloated captured stuff. BUT!! I'm lazy and let that stuff sit around sometimes.
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Dont have a clue, would say either maxtor or WD.. but doesnt really matter to me. They have a good warranty and newegg stands behind their products

 
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If OSS really means OS - why do you have that stuff on the external drive? I would expect it to be slower than having that stuff hosted on your PCs internal drive.

Definitely shop around - learn from my brew pot experience Bobby - get twice what you think you are ever going to need
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Quote:
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Definitely shop around - learn from my brew pot experience Bobby - get twice what you think you are ever going to need

yeah, find what you want, then go to www.pricewatch.com and find the lowest price.

 
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Quote:
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If OSS really means OS - why do you have that stuff on the external drive?

OSS=Open Source Software
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