[mythtv-users] Options for Backing up Myth data

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Thu Dec 9 16:46:24 UTC 2010

On Thu, Dec 09, 2010 at 09:27:09AM -0700, Brian Wood wrote:
> On Thursday, December 09, 2010 09:16:59 am Raymond Wagner wrote:
> > On 12/9/2010 10:03, Brian Wood wrote:
> > > On Wednesday, December 08, 2010 08:56:35 pm Raymond Wagner wrote:
> > >> On 12/8/2010 22:30, Brian Wood wrote:
> > >>> On Wednesday, December 08, 2010 06:07:20 pm Dave Badia wrote:
> > >>> Or folks are using some other option
> > >> 
> > >> Flash drives are simply more convenient, and while smaller than
> > >> BD-Rs, still offer plenty of space for most people.  The fact that
> > >> they are read/writable on just about any computer also makes them
> > >> far more useful.
> > > 
> > > Flash drives are OK for documents and photos, but they are pretty
> > > much useless for any significant amount of video, especially HD.
> > > The amount of data you can store on a flash drive is about what is
> > > practical to store online.
> > 
> > To be fair, bulk storage of HD video isn't something 'normal' people
> > generally have to concern themselves with.  Personally, the amount of
> > data you can store on a Bluray disk just isn't practical for bulk
> > storage.  For a couple home videos, it's fine.  If you intend to back
> > up your entire, multi-TB collection, there is a time component
> > involved that you're not considering.  With a hard drive or tape
> > drive, you tell it to copy, and you come back half a day and several
> > TB later.  With Bluray, you're going to have to keep coming back
> > every 20-30 minutes to swap disks, and you have to do that 80+ times
> > to equal one large hard drive.  My time is just worth more than
> > that.
> That same argument would apply to flash drives, since flash units larger 
> than 32GB (or even 16) are prohibitively expensive, and need to be 
> changed as well.
> The problem with hard drives is once removed from a system they are 
> extremely fragile, as was pointed out earlier.

     Then it's probably fortunate that there are portable hard drives now.
You can even shove a decent amount of stuff on that size drive. It won't
cover an entire mega-collection but that will come in time.

     Eventually, you will be able to back up your video collection on the
slack space in your phone or other PC that happens to be sitting on the 
home network like you can do with your other media files now.


     Anything that is not DVD ripped content gets copied to every one of
my Myth boxes since stock hard drives have gotten so (relatively) large 
these days. I end up with all of this free space otherwise sitting there
doing nothing.

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