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What did you do with the original tapes? If you didn't reuse the tapes just index and keep them. If you did write over them import the clips back to tape. Tape is fairly cheap, and if stored correctly will last a long time.
That is one thought I considered. I only have one problem. My previous camera was a digital 8mm, my new one is MiniDV. The old camera has lost its ability to reliable record. I'm afraid it's only a matter of time before it loses its ability to playback as well. So I've been trying to get all my tapes copied to HD before the camcorder fails completely. I've looked at network storage devices, but they start at around $130 and don't even include any drive space. I considered recopying them from the HD to MiniDV, but if I'm going to have the expense of buying all new MD tapes, then I may as well buy new HD's. I guess the lesser of two evil's is going to have to be buying disk space.
I have several external USB hard drives for backups, and I also use drive swap housings to be able to quickly swap different internal drives in/out for different file sets
Either one will work for offline storage... a ready made USB hard drive is certainly easier if just for storage, since you don't need to mount a drive into a housing