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Old 07-16-2013   #1
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Recently I saw a hard drive storage system that seems like an Ideal back up system for my photos. A tech showed it to me, it consists of a portable crib that you can plug up to 3 hard drive units into for backup. The crib attaches to the computer via a USB 3 plug and, I assume, all 3 drives can be backed up to at the same time.
Do any of you good people have experience with this? Could you give me something to review? What are the better ones to use, assuming this is a good idea.
Thanks for your help and best wishes.

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kenwae: looked at the drobo storage it looks great, but, this was not the unit. Probably what I saw was not something recommended, but it was not expensive, my friend said around 80 bucks not including drives and you could stand up to 3 drives in it. It was very portable and much smaller than the drobo mini.
Thanks for your reply, I will look into the drobo more.
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I like to use Vantec nexstar drive enclosures. My latest has 2 3 terabyte drives in it configured as RAID 1. That means that everything I write to one gets written to both. The enclosure supports esata or USB 3.
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Thanks poloman, that looks good. Very helpful. Best to you.
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If you get one go to their website and check the FAQs as the directions included with the drive are incorrect.
My history with these is that you should set up using usb and then switch to esata if you wish.
I use Seagate Barracuda drives and have had good luck with them.
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Poloman; can you explain esata?
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Poloman; can you explain esata?


esata is the next generation of transfer protocol for external drives and is competing with firewire and usb 2.0 technologies. read more here:

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-esata.htm
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Using USB 3 should be okay, but anything slower would be painful.

Is it possible for you to put one or more 4 TB drives inside of your machine for backup purposes?
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Chessmaster; thanks for the help; I assume usb3 is OK, would esata be preferred over that?
JDart; there is little room for another drive on my laptop which is what I use when away from home. I presently have 2 drives and use both. I also use a passport for my primary photo storage, but thought being able to back to 2 drives at the same time might be preferable.
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