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Storage Costs will eat you alive, too.

Storage Costs will eat you alive, too. Say you have 1 TB (which can be stored on a disk purchased for less than $100.) Dropbox pricing will be $800/year. For $20/month ($200/year) you only get 200 GB. Pricing for Amazon cloud services are similar. These services may make sense for backing up small amounts of data, but are inappropriate for reasonable sized collections of CD quality or higher resolution audio. The pricing of these services has not declined significantly in the past year, probably because the pricing of hard disks has gone up in this period due to the flooding in Thailand. Perhaps the trend of ever lower storage costs will resume, but I doubt it will happen any time soon.

I keep two drives in a safe deposit box, but I've been a bit lax about resynchronizing these files. I am considering pooling off-site backup with a neighbor. That way there won't be any costs beyond those required for the raw disks (and power to spin them). I would run file sync software overnight to keep backups synchronized. My present stumbling block is the low speed of my DSL uploads.

Tony Lauck

"Diversity is the law of nature; no two entities in this universe are uniform." - P.R. Sarkar


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