So I have spent a few hours today moving from a 4TB RAID 1 set up which houses the majority of my commercial and private RAW files, work documents and finished products - over to the little individual 1TB Seagate GoFlex units.
I calculated that I use roughly around 1TB per year for work and personal stuff in terms of photography, so have decided to get 4 of these units - 2 for the last two financial years and the other two for back ups of the same corresponding data. The idea of having 1 drive for every financial year seems easier for me to reference and archive, and not putting all my eggs into one basket at once.
The thought of leaving my RAID set up on my work station at home, and vulnerable to theft or fire or other forms of damages frankly scares the crap out of me - so I decided I will buy a fire-proof safe to store the portable drives in there whenever it is not in use, and take it out to do back ups whenever need be. I also keep a back up drive at my photography office too and maybe get another drive going and keep it at a friend's or my partners house also.
Does anyone have any experiences with fire proof safes and which model they can recommend? I would not mind something that can also accommodate some lenses and bodies for storage too when I am away. Thanks!
I used to think a RAID 1 array with 4 drives mirroring each other was sufficient but now I think Im putting too much eggs in one basket at once. I just prefer to have individual drives separated and not bunched up together. It might seem pedantic and time consuming to back up drives individually but somehow - I find that I will be able to sleep a little easier, especially for those times when I am working overseas far from home.