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December 13, 2009

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Have you ever considered purchasing a Drobo? They're great for local backups, and are incredibly simple to set up and use. Great for indie film-makers who want RAID-like protection, but don't have a degree in computer science.

http://www.drobo.com/

Also, have you ever considered Carbonite for online backups? Obviously you can't back up all your media there - but you can at least backup all your emails, documents and Avid/FCP project files.

http://www.carbonite.com/

Back a few years ago when we were shooting everything on HDV, we actually backed up all our FCP projects to DV tape as well. Very good archiving solution!

Mac:
http://coolatoola.com/

PC:
http://www.topdrawerdownloads.com/download/104283

Now days, we just have a couple of SATA drives for each individual project, plus a copy on a Lacie Rugged, plus a backup on the Drobo, as well as a daily copy of the project file stored up in "the cloud" (iDisk in our case).

LTO is really the way to go - but it's a tad expensive and time consuming if you're a real low-budget film-maker.

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