Hi All,

         I just woke up and wanted to add a little. These cheaper drives sound like what Linda needs for her client but cheap single ones are not the best for archival storage.

For one they will not be server-grade quality and for another they are not Raid protected.


It’s taken me a while to understand how Raid works and I don’t fully understand it. The simplest is Raid Zero where two hard drives work in sync. That way if one fails you pull it out and replace it and away you go. The trouble is if it starts to corrupt data before it fully fails the corruption will be copied onto the good drive.

Raid 1 apparently is safer with two discs but slower. As the numbers  go up to Raid 10 the safer the system gets. So the 4-bay or 5-bay Raid set ups are much safer but of course more expensive.

However when you get 16 TB of server grade storage for $1,550 RRP with 4 disc Raid, USB 3 & Firewire, it suddenly looks like a better deal for long-term storage.



The LaCie seem to be better value for the price when you get into Raid protection options.

Hope that helps,





From: SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of James A Perkins
Sent: Thursday, 20 June 2013 2:08 AM
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Subject: Re: [SCIART] external hard drives


Hi Linda,


Ironically, I had just ordered a new 2TB hard drive on the day you sent your message. I got a Western Digital My Passport Studio portable drive with USB and two Firewire 800 ports. I like the fact that it has two Firewire ports so I can put it in a daisy chain with my existing LaCie Firewire drive. My computer does have Thunderbolt, but Thunderbolt drives are a good bit more expensive. I also need the ability to move this drive between home and school. Not all of the school computers have Thunderbolt but they all have either USB or Firewire.


This particular drive comes formatted for Mac (HFS+). You can use any drive with your Mac, but you may have to reformat it if it's set up for Windows.


The drive was $199 at NewEgg and includes both the USB and Firewire cables, which saves you a few bucks. Many drives don't include the cable(s). I noticed in my shopping that you can easily find a 2TB drive for under $100 if you get one with just a USB 2.0 connection.


As for backups, I have the external LaCie drive plus a subscription to Carbonite for an offsite/cloud backup. I also burn DVD's periodically, although I'm long overdue. Can never have too many backups. This new drive is specifically for a bunch of videos I'm recording for school.





On Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

HI All:

Is there any news out there that I should be aware of prior to the purchase of a new external hard drive. 

Probably a 2TB.


Any new technology?

Thank you in advance.



Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
P.O. Box 325
Hereford, AZ 85615
(520) 803-0538


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