I'm in the midst of a bit of project from heck - assembling and managing our home video recordings. This comes to about 40 hours of analog Hi8 and a comparable amount of 2007 DV technology plus an array of camera files from pretty crummy to modern dSLR HD. I estimate the total archival store will be about 1TB -- mostly using DV-25 files (MPEG-2 codec) and similar acquisition formats. (There are no archival video formats in 2012. More on that in a separate post.)
This is too much data to fit my current backup system - a redundant mixture of Time Capsule and Carbon Copy Cloner with offsite rotation. Once the archive is created I don't expect a rapid expansion rate, so the key backup feature is offsite coverage. I don't think this will be on the same rotation schedule as my current backups.
So I think I'm looking at a completely independent system - at least until we can buy $10TB of storage for under $200 (2016?).
I would like to spend less than $1200. I'd like a RAID-1 solution that would allow me to take a drive off-site, bring the off-site drive onsite, and rebuild the mirror. I'd prefer Thunderbolt though it sounds like Firewire 800 may be good enough for what I want to do. I do want it to be fairly quiet, though in fact it needn't run very often.
This is the list of options I'm coming up with:
- Prosumer video storage: sub $1000... (Apple discussion thread I initiated)
- LaCie - LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series: not clear this is really available yet. Reputation for noisy fans.
- OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini Portable RAID: can be combined with Sonnet's eSata to Thunderbolt converters.
- NewerTech Guardian MAXimus
- Pegasus RAID Storage with Thunderbolt
I may also opt for basic Firewire 800 drives and do the cloning using CCC (will take a while!)
Any suggestions or comments are welcome ...