Getting Video Archives Out of Your Closet

By | September 8th, 2017
External hard drives to the cloud

Does this sound familiar? You spent almost all day Saturday archiving your latest video project onto two 8 TB external hard drives. You need to archive four months’ worth of work from a recently finished video project to external hard drives to make room on your local storage system for the next project. You diligently….

Hard Drive Stats for Q2 2017

By | August 29th, 2017

In this update, we’ll review the Q2 2017 and lifetime hard drive failure rates for all our current drive models. We also look at how our drive migration strategy is changing the drives we use and we’ll check in on our enterprise class drives to see how they are doing. Along the way we’ll share….

How to Migrate All of Your Data from CrashPlan

By | August 25th, 2017
CrashPlan Migration

With CrashPlan deciding to leave the consumer backup space, CrashPlan for Home customers are now faced with having to migrate their data to a new cloud backup service. Uploading your data from your computer to a new service is onerous enough, but one thing that seems to be getting overlooked is the potential for the….

Getting Your Data into the Cloud is Just the Beginning

By | August 8th, 2017

As cloud storage has become ubiquitous, organizations large and small are joining in. For larger organizations the lure of reducing capital expenses and their associated operational costs is enticing. For smaller organizations, cloud storage often replaces an unmanageable closet full of external hard drives, thumb drives, SD cards, and other devices. With terabytes or even petabytes of data, the common challenge facing organizations, large and small, is how to get their data up to the cloud.

A New Twist on Data Backup: CloudNAS

By | August 1st, 2017

There are many ways for SMBs, professionals, and advanced users to back up their data. The process can be as simple as copying files to a flash drive or an external drive, or as sophisticated as using a Synology or QNAP NAS device as your primary storage device and syncing the files to a cloud….

Hard Drive Cost Per Gigabyte

By | July 11th, 2017
Hard Drive Cost

For hard drive prices, the race to zero is over: nobody won. For the past 35+ years or so, hard drives prices have dropped, from around $500,000 per gigabyte in 1981 to less than $0.03 per gigabyte today. This includes the period of the Thailand drive crisis in 2012 that spiked hard drive prices. Matthew….