I had a three way coincidence the other day: first my 2 x 2TB library drives finally filled to the point of overflowing, and they were already my backup laptop storage. Secondly a friend Tom emailed asking what do I reccomend for library storage, and then I just saw this post on twitter: ‘How to store 5TB of data for 50 years, untouched?’
The latter is an extreme and aimed at archiving, which is a different problem than the first two, but rather than give Tom my ideas I thought it far wiser to make it a discussion and see what works for you, and also to see what might be the best solutions in the future…..
My library is currently stored on 2 x 2TB G-tech RAIDs which have worked well, but I’m not sure they are my next solution. Firstly I don’t really see the need for RAID as the performance required of a library drive is not like that of work drives playing big ProTools sessions. All I need to do is audition mono, stereo or occasionally 5.1 files.
Secondly I need to have three copies of all media regardless: one at my work studio, one at my home studio & one offline for safety. So having a RAID as a form of data safety seems unnecessary. If a drive went down, I’d simply grab a new drive and go clone the missing data from one of the other two locations.
A fried Ray has done a fair bit of research on this topic & hopefully he might chime in but an option I think he was looking at was this sort of enclosure;
The MacPower Hydra has FW400, FW800, USB2, eSATA and can hold four drives, so if you loaded it with four 2TB drives that would provide 8TB of storage. Locally I’ve seen it loaded with 6TB shipping for approx NZ$1,400 = US$1,000…
Of course if you are a facility with lots of sound editors accessing a central sound library server then your needs are different than mine, but what are you using?