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Running out of storage space - archiving large media media - looking for options

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May 3, 2014 12:13:57 AM

Hi everyone. I have some questions about future storage options.

Here is my situation. I have been archiving family pics and videos to my pc the past couple years. I have a large family video collection that starts as far back as the early 90s and continues to grow. I have had a video camera in my hands since I was a teenager, and all the footage I have recorded over the years is beginning to pile up.

A lot of the videos started on older analog sources like VHS-C and Hi 8 format, then went to Digital Mini DV, and now I have a flash memory HD camera that is all digital. I have all the videos now sorted, dated, and organized on the media computer I built.

This computer has 6 internal drives - all at random sizes for different uses. The first 2 drives are 2 TB each. The first drive has all the pics/videos on it that I have been archiving, and the second drive is a back up to that. I then have a 3 TB external drive as a 3rd back up.... you can never be to sure when it comes to HDDs, right?

So, the 2 TB drive is down to it's last couple hundred gigs, and it won't be long before those are taken up.

I wanna plan ahead for the future, as I have more media I plan to add to the collection in the coming weeks. A lot of it HD media with larger files. I no longer have any more physical room in my tower. I have the Cooler Master HAF X tower, and all the hard drive bays are full.

I was wondering what my options would be for more massive storage addition. Is it possible for me to build a second tower that has nothing but hard drives in it that I could connect to my PC via a single cable of some sort through a PCI slot or anything? Just put a power supply and drives in it basically. I would like to be able to have the physical space to add more HDDs as I need them. I guess my goal would be to have a series of more 2TB drives. I would buy them in pairs so each drive has a back up for itself.

Here is a complete list of my current specs:

-Cooler Master HAF X - High Air Flow Full Tower
-CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W Power Supply
-GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H Motherboard
-AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz Processor
-16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 Ram
-Nvidia GeoForce GT 440 Video Card
-Hauppauge Colossus Video Capture Card
-2 Optical Drives - Dual Layer DVD Burner & Dual Layer Blu Ray Burner
-Windows 7 Ultimate on a 240GB Intel SSD boot drive - 520 Series
-6 Internal Western Digital Hard Drives (HDD mechanical) @ 7200 RPM each - Not raided - Random storage capacities for a total of 7TB of storage space.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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a b G Storage
May 3, 2014 12:21:45 AM

I would probably take a look at something like this in your situation http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 120 G Storage
May 3, 2014 12:26:22 AM

Pretty much. NAS is what I'd go for.
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a b G Storage
May 3, 2014 12:28:38 AM

I agree . Your answer is NAS

Which model you choose will depend on price and your future storage needs
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May 3, 2014 1:00:44 AM

Awesome! Thanks for the quick replies! O looked into it, and it looks like a great option!

I was also wondering about Windows automatic back up. I have never used it before tonight, I just would drag and drop the files/folders manually that I wanted backed up.

So I have just set up windows back up. I have it set to back up the pics & videos from the internal 2TB storage drive to my 3TB external drive (USB 3.0). I have it scheduled to do a weekly backup. Because this is a good 1.8TB, it will take several hours to back everything up. So lets say, this back up completes in the next 6 hours or so - ball park.

If I have it set to back up weekly on Monday at 4pm, will it only back up additional files I have added to the external on the next backup? Or will it start over and re-do everything taking another several hours? If it only backs up added files, then what about changes I make to existing files? Lets say I make changes to a few photos and the time stamps or meta details on them. Does windows backup mark them and re-write them to the back up drive?

I've just never used Windows back up, and like I said, I have just done the drag and drop from one drive to another manually.
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a c 120 G Storage
May 3, 2014 1:07:07 AM

I haven't used Windows backup (I tend to use SyncBack), but normally it adds any new files and overwrites any that have changed with the newer version.
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a b G Storage
May 3, 2014 1:07:26 AM

liberty610 said:
Awesome! Thanks for the quick replies! O looked into it, and it looks like a great option!

I was also wondering about Windows automatic back up. I have never used it before tonight, I just would drag and drop the files/folders manually that I wanted backed up.

So I have just set up windows back up. I have it set to back up the pics & videos from the internal 2TB storage drive to my 3TB external drive (USB 3.0). I have it scheduled to do a weekly backup. Because this is a good 1.8TB, it will take several hours to back everything up. So lets say, this back up completes in the next 6 hours or so - ball park.

If I have it set to back up weekly on Monday at 4pm, will it only back up additional files I have added to the external on the next backup? Or will it start over and re-do everything taking another several hours? If it only backs up added files, then what about changes I make to existing files? Lets say I make changes to a few photos and the time stamps or meta details on them. Does windows backup mark them and re-write them to the back up drive?

I've just never used Windows back up, and like I said, I have just done the drag and drop from one drive to another manually.


it should just update the changed files and add additions you made. and you dont have to use windows backup most NAS systems come with their own backup software you could setup
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May 3, 2014 1:10:30 AM

Ok, thanks! I wasn't sure what other software might be available for backing up. I am sure the windows backup is very cut and dry, but it gets me started.

Is Syncback freeware?
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a c 120 G Storage
May 3, 2014 1:12:50 AM

There's a freeware version, and some paid ones with more features.

The freeware version is still very capable.
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May 3, 2014 1:15:05 AM

Awesome! Thanks a lot for the replies guys! I'm looking into different NAS options now. Thanks again for the help!
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