3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 6, 2019 12:56 AM by djskinner50

    Best storage and backup solution


      Hey all,


      I know this gets asked a lot, but I'm really struggling to find the best up to date answer for my situation.


      I use Lightroom and Photoshop for editing. Currently I have a desktop PC with a couple SSDs. I back up the photos and the catalog backups to google drive. It's expensive, and my OS and catalogs are not actively backed up. I also have a macbook, and in the perfect world it could access the files directly too, but that would be a bonus. I have about 1.5TB of data at the moment.


      I'm happy with my transfer speeds and would not want to downgrade, which leaves me to the following connections:

      Thunderbolt 2 or 3
      USB 3.0 or 3.1

      10Gbe ethernet

      Or stick with internal SSDs


      So, that leaves me with the following options:


      1 - Keep the internal SSDs, just get bigger ones, maybe use one for OS backup.

      2 - Switch to external SSDs that mac could also read from, though I'd need to add a usb 3.0 or 3.1 port to the PC (not hard to do).

      3 - Get up a NAS with 10Gbe internet, connect directly with ethernet cable. I'd need to get a 10Gbe nic for the PC, mac can use thunderbolt to ethernet adapter.
      4 - Get some type of DAS setup that's different from just an external SSD? Open to suggestions.


      For all of the above, I would probably switch to something like backblaze to back up everything. I'm not too concerned about having redundancy, I think that if a drive fails and everything is on backblaze, I can just get a new drive and transfer everything from backblaze to it. I don't mind a few days of downtime.

        • 1. Re: Best storage and backup solution
          JimHess Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          My only comment is that you aren't gaining anything by having your images on a SSD. I think you would be wiser to get a high-capacity spinning external hard drive to store all of your images, but keep your catalog on the SSD. You would experience absolutely no performance hit.

          • 2. Re: Best storage and backup solution
            John Blaustein Level 4

            BACKBLAZE:  I have been using Backblaze for just under three years.  I would give it a 5-star rating; completely satisfied.  Basically, you install it, tell it which drives not to backup, leave the computer on non-stop until all local files are transferred to the cloud, then forget about it.  It runs in the background, checks regularly for new or updated files, and then copies them to the cloud.  While I fortunately have never had a data disaster, I test Backblaze from time to time (per their suggestion) and pick a few files at random to restore.  It has always worked perfectly.


            One thing to note, Backblaze does not backup Lightroom preview files.  The reason is that they take up a lot of space and LR can rebuild them easily.  Backblaze has a whole list of file types it skips (like .exe files), but that list can be modified to your liking.


            As for local backup, we all have our preferences.  I personally keep two copies of all image files on internal disks (one SSD, one HD), and another copy on an external USB HD.  That's in addition to Backblaze.  Perhaps it's overkill, but I sleep well at night.  I use the super-simple Windows app called SyncToy for the local backups, although I'm sure there are better, more powerful programs available.


            John (no connection to Backblaze; just a happy customer)

            • 3. Re: Best storage and backup solution
              djskinner50 Level 1

              I have same question as yuri. I need to replace my current external storage HDD to increase capacity to 12 or 16TB. Current library is 4TB of DNG files on an external USB3.0 drive (Seagate). LR catolog is on the C: drive which is a 1TB PCIe SSD. Will there be any difference in performance between a USB3.0, USB3.1/c and a Thunderbolt 3? I do quite a lot of panoramas and exposure bracketing which require merging functions in LR - I mention this because I'm assuming (rightly?) that LR accesses the DNG files from the external drive during those processes. Your input appreciated. Thx.