Thursday, February 27, 2014
It's been too long since I last blogged. Since then, I bought an Apple Xserve as well as two Apple Xserve RAID boxes. The idea is so I may have ALL my images online so I may access them as needed. Prior to this, I had (and still have) all the images archived to CD or DVD. I never liked the idea of archiveing to DVD simply for the fact that if I lose one CD, I lose around 50 images. If I lose a DVD I could lose as much as 300 images. And what I mean by lose is one CD or DVD becomes unreadable for some reason or another. But now with my Nikon D800 and it's crazy large file size, DVD's make more sense. Still, I have to catalog the DVD and retrive it off a shelf to access the images I may be in need of. OR I could archive to DVD then copy the images over to my RAID box and use Adobe LightRoom to catalog the RAID and access the image files as needed. The cool thing about using a Xserve and RAID is even though it somewhat old (OK VERY old in computer years) it's still useful and relativley cheap for what you get. I have about $32K in hardware if bought new for around $1,700.00. Currently, my server has 18 terabytes of storage. and really I could have more if (when) I replace all the 500GB drives with 750GB drives. It would give me 25TB total.