Mar 3, 2005

Hardware Review: ReadyNAS 600 Network Drive

Source: The Luminous Landscape
By Michael Reichmann

Some Background
Since the mid-1990′s photographers have relied on hard drives to store their scanned or digital original photographs, not to mention all of the other files that anyone who uses a computer relies on for their business as well as personal records. And, as Photoshop files get larger and larger, (my archived images with Adjustment Layers now typically run 100 to 400 Megabytes each), we all find ourselves buying ever-increasing numbers of hard drives in ever increasing sizes.

Many photographers archive their raw files as well as their completed image files to DVD. These are inexpensive, but can be slow to access, bulky to store, and slow to index and retrieve. Instead, many professionals are paying the moderate additional cost of using online hard drive storage instead. 500GB to 1 Terabyte outboard Firewire and USB2 drives are priced at about $1 / GB, and the convenience of having immediate access to ones files at any time is not to be underestimated, especially for the busy pro.

But, neither love nor hard drives are forever, (what is?). Indeed the question is not whether or not a hard drive will fail, but rather when. It doesn’t matter what brand, size, or type of drive, eventually all hard drives will fail. It could be years from now, or tomorrow morning. But when it does happen what will you do about it?

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