[kwlug-disc] Offline/offsite archival data storage

Fernando Duran liberosec at yahoo.ca
Thu Oct 17 08:43:02 EDT 2013


Hi,

I use Amazon's S3 http://aws.amazon.com/s3/pricing/ , 200 GB would be $2 (for infrequent retrievals) to $19/month (regular).

S3 is pretty much a gold standard in data storage. It creates multiple redundant copies, there are Linux command line tools and (commercial) clients for Windows/Mac, it's cheap, you can use different locations, you can serve/share files on the web with one click etc. It's also probably the biggest provider so it's not going away anytime soon (many of the cloud providers you'll find are S3 resellers with a front-end).

Cheers, 
 
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Fernando Duran
http://www.fduran.com



On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:20:26 PM, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com> wrote:
 
Good afternoon, KWLuggers!
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>I have been giving off-site data storage a once over again.  Google searches keep pointing me to spending $$$ to upload data to 'the cloud', but I really don't want to throw all my family photos and whatnot into the cloud and hope something doesn't shut down due to financial or government issues (MegaUpload).  Perhaps I'm too much of a control freak to hand my precious data to 'the cloud'.
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>I don't want to resort to online and want to avoid monthly fees, however
 a small initial investment is alright.  I'm looking at around 200 GB of data.  127GB are family pictures and videos.  Damn DSLR' images and 1080p videos take up a lot. :D
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>So my question to you folks, is what options are there for an offline / offsite data store?
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>A few thoughts I had were to copy contents to an external HDD, then place it somewhere secure, like a safety deposit box (which I already have), but how long can I expect the data to last?  USB sticks?  SSD's?  LTO tapes?  How often are replacements required?
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>Another thought just sprung to mind while writing this...  A local WLAN (mesh?) network.  You store your stuff, encrypted, at one or more friends house over the air.  I wonder if a system like that exists?
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>I'd appreciate suggestions, comments, etc...
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>P.S. and FYI:
>Currently I have a RAID 1 storage volume (2GB) that rsyncs nightly to an external 2GB.  But it's all sitting in my basement.
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