What’s the best way to digitally store documents and photos or videos?

Jeff B February 1, 2014
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I need a solution to storage of documents and pics/videos.

I will first say that I have three hard drives that I cannot communicate with and hold some missing items. So I’m kinda skiddish on HDDs.

My solution, so far, is to buy a SSD and USB flash drives as I am looking for redundancy. The cloud idea is there but I’d rather buy something outright than monthly fees.

I’m not quite sure what other options are available so here I am, picking your brains.

Thanks in advance!

  1. Benjamin T
    February 7, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Also don't forget about http://aws.amazon.com/glacier/

  2. Benjamin T
    February 7, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Why not flickr? You get 1 TB of storage for free.

    You can host videos privately on youtube or mega.co.nz (50gb)

    Google Drive gives you 14GB free

    You could also back it up on a 20 GB ssd at Digital Ocean if you know how to use a FTP client

  3. Zlatko
    February 6, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I'm getting myself warmed up to buy a Space Monkey: https://www.spacemonkey.com/.

    It is like a hardware Dropbox thing - you have an external 1TB disk that acts as your own personal Dropbox. It has auto sync for mobile devices and computers and whatnot.

    And it also comes with an online sync - so if yours gets lost or damaged, just get a new hardware (all the while, keeping the copy of your docs in the cloud.)

  4. Guy M
    February 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    For long term storage, I recommend archival quality DVDs. Nothing about them is volatile, they can survive for about 20 years in really poor conditions, and they're easy to store offsite and duplicate.

    If the defacto medium for optical storage changes, you will have a large window of opportunity to copy the DVDs onto whatever is the new medium.

  5. James B
    February 3, 2014 at 9:15 am

    You don't use SSDs or USB drives to store data long-term - USB sticks are even less reliable (data corruption after few thousand write operations depending on brand) and SSDs are too expensive.

    Of course any single drive can break - thats why you have a backup, or a RAID - or both. What you need therefore, is a RAID, such as the Synology RAID/NAS I reviewed here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/synology-diskstation-ds413j-nas-review-and-giveaway/

    You put 2 or more drives in a RAID, and you get redundancy. If a drive breaks, you simply replace it without losing data. Simple.

  6. dragonmouth
    February 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Try to figure out why you can't communicate with the three HDDs. Is it possible you messed up somewhere? If you did, there is no guarantee that you will not mess up with any storage medium you try, even the cloud.

  7. Gianna Marie L
    February 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I use cloud storage like drop box (got 5 gb)and mediafire (got 51gb) so that I can access my files everywhere.. but if you wanted to store large amount you and external hard drive.

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