Storing and backing up photos is my least favorite part of photography. Everything downstream of offloading the SD card is a pain because I'm perpetually worried about losing data. I hope we can learn from each other about our storage strategies.
I'll start by describing my current storage process:
I have 15 TBs and counting of photo/video media. After a shoot, I offload my SD cards to a working (editing, etc.) external hard drive. Then I use Carbon Copy Cloner to back that up to my 32 TB Synology Disk Station configured in Raid 10. It auto-backs up to Google Drive in case the Synology is destroyed or robbed.
- Synology DSM operating system is wonderful. Easy to set up and configure drives. It has built-in apps to upload to things like Google Drive and Amazon Glacier.
- Fairly affordable, fast NAS
- Gigabit ethernet LAN. Somewhat fast enough to access via WiFi.
- I can't easily do versioned backups on my Synology. I'd like to use Arq for versioning. I fear that someday my Synology's file system will corrupt and propagate the corruption to Google Drive. Theoretically, Google Drive keeps deleted directories for some time, but rebuilding the directories would be extremely painful if not nearly impossible. Using Arq is possbile if I have a dedicated windows or mac machine on the network running Arq pointed at the NAS.
- Does not scale well. Currently maxed out with 8x 4TB drives. 1) I could get all new drives, say 8x 10 TB. That takes me from 16TB to 40TB in RAID 10. But that's expensive. 2) If I buy another Synology, well that's expensive too. And I no longer have a central authority managing my backups, rather I'd have two DSM OS's running.
- It's a painful process required to ensure no data loss. I need to ensure each step succeeds. SD Card -> Working Drive -> Synology via CCC -> Cloud.
- I wish access to the Synology was faster, like 10 gigabit ethernet so I could use it as a working drive. But that also means I need a 10 gigabit network...
Would love to hear what others are doing. I hear a lot of people are really loving Drobo lately.