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Originally Posted by Duckienz
The issue with resolution to me is one of quality archiving. I want the digital versions to capture as much of the film quality as possible. So I scan at as high a resolution as I possibly can do given constraints of time. Hi res scans take a lot longer.
Disk space is pretty cheap, we currently have a 2 terabyte NAS server that we share and hubby and I were just discussing upgrading it to one that can hold 18 terabytes. I currently use the server as my Time Machine backup so it gets hit every hour with about 300GB of data to move. I bought a BlacX USB 2 docking station that allows me to plug in most any bare hard drive and do a backup to it. So the old drives from the server (we replace a drive every 6 months) become my data backups so I can put several in multiple places. The docking station is about $70 depending on style and what drives it supports and how fast it can transfer data. A 1 terabyte drive costs about $90 and a 2 terabyte drive is about $120. There are 3 terabyte drives for under $200 a drive. You must use static protection with this system, you are working with a bare drive with no protection and it needs to live in an antistatic bag between uses. Not good for day to day operations, great option for periodic backups.
Bandwidth is more the issue, how to move that much data on and off the system. If you go this route buy the fastest docking station your computer will support and budget for an upgrade or replacement when you upgrade the computer. Waiting hours for data to transfer is not fun.
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