I just bought 3 TB of storage for $130. It's not RAID but it does the job. I now have 3 separate external drives that I'm backing up to - it doesn't cover the case of theft or fire though. For that catastrophic scenario I think the cloud is ideal - figure out a way to classify or tag certain files as "essential" (those files that absolutely MUST survive a catastrophic event) then figure out a way to automate a backup of all tagged files to some cloud service. That way you're not spending an arm and a leg to maintain all of those useless RAW files that you'll never revisit again. And you have the peace of mind knowing that at least your best stuff will be saved
Originally Posted by wgerrard
For those of you with digital image files to store, I'm curious about your opinions on local storage and backup versus online or cloud storage.
I just cancelled an online backup service after using them for more than a year. Cost wasn't the issue ($60 per year). Very slow upload speed was, thanks to my cable internet.
Online storage meets the requirements for off-site storage, but "unlimited storage" really isn't for flat fee services, and costs for pay-per-megabyte add up quickly with large image files.
With 1 TB drives selling around $100, I've opted to go with some external RAID1 drives.
Anyone with a different experience? How are you using online storage?