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justinhill 05-11-2019 10:12 AM

Re: Backup and archive hardware and regimes
 
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Originally Posted by Darryl Ramm (Post 2525082)
Hitachi/HGST and their subsidiary G-Technology, were acquired by Western Digital ~ decade ago. Western Digital has been on an acquisition binge for a long time.

Ah.

justinhill 05-11-2019 10:15 AM

Re: Backup and archive hardware and regimes
 
By the way - nothing to do with anything but I just cloned my boot drive to a 7200 rpm spinner and decided to try booting from it and launching Pro Tools.

How did we ever manage before SSD? I'm still waiting for it to launch!

musicman691 05-12-2019 04:50 AM

Re: Backup and archive hardware and regimes
 
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Originally Posted by justinhill (Post 2525074)
I take it you feel I shouldn't buy second hand drives for backup... I know what you mean - but we use G-Tech at the studio and some of our drives are getting on for 10 years old and we've never had a failure. I have quite a lot of confidence in G-Tech.

Also, the G-Drives don't have fans, but do have really good heatsinks.

Thing is you don't know how the used drives were treated. Not everyone is careful with their hardware. Also you're not getting any kind of warranty with used stuff. Used cars - nor problem. Used hard drives - I'd sooner depend on running El Crapitan as my operating system :rolleyes:

BScout 05-12-2019 09:25 AM

Re: Backup and archive hardware and regimes
 
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Originally Posted by justinhill (Post 2525074)
I take it you feel I shouldn't buy second hand drives for backup... I know what you mean - but we use G-Tech at the studio and some of our drives are getting on for 10 years old and we've never had a failure. I have quite a lot of confidence in G-Tech.

Also, the G-Drives don't have fans, but do have really good heatsinks.

I had a whole series of G-Drives fail. 15 drives from 1 years worth of projects. There was a fault in the controller chip design for the G-Drive. We ended up dismantling all the drives to bypass the controller chip and then attaching those drives to a standalone SATA connector and transferring everything to a NAS (that is backed up to a mirror offsite and cloud storage.)

So it's all good until it isn't.
And G-Tech has traded hands (so the internal drives have also have changed depending on ownership.)

justinhill 05-13-2019 03:30 AM

Re: Backup and archive hardware and regimes
 
I've done some "housekeeping" on the studio's archives and liberated a pair of 6TB G-Drives. I'm going to partition each into 2, then put the computer backup and one copy of the archive on one, the audio drive backup and the other copy of the archive on the other.

I'd prefer to have four separate drives but this'll do for now, and means I can retire the whole spider's web of old hard drives humming away in my mix room at the moment.


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