For everybody who has been waiting patiently (and otherwise) for what I did after my “I’m done with Drobo” article, today’s the day. I’m so sorry that it’s taken this long, but I was waiting for the last piece of my backup strategy puzzle to be complete, but that’s taken so long that I’m just going to go ahead and write it from where it stands now, so here goes.

First off, I went with G-Tech G-Speed Q drives
Three of them, 12-Terabytes each (they look like the one you see below, and are a little smaller in height and width than my Drobos). I keep one at my house, one in Brad’s office, and another one at the office networked to an Apple Mac-mini so Brad and I can go access it if need be (that one is stored in our server room with our IT guys. At least, that’s where I assume it is, it could be stored at Five Guys burgers for all I know — it just shows up on my network, so I’m cool with that).

When I originally wrote my post about dumping Drobo, and asked for suggestions on what to use instead, I had a lot of folks recommend G-Tech drives and Synology drives as well. I even had the Synergy folks reach out to me on Twitter (though we never actually connected), but when I learned that my in-house video team had been using G-Tech drives and really liked them, that was enough to push me in that direction.

So far — I love them. I was able to move all my stuff off my Drobos (we had to swap drives to a working Drobo to transfer them over to my new G-Tech drives), and everything has been smooth as glass ever since (and I never have a problem mounting my G-Tech).

True Story
Last night Kalebra and I went to our friend Alan’s birthday party, and a photographer comes up to me at the party, introduces himself and asked me what I ever did to replace my Drobo because his Drobo just “bricked” (his words).

He said he bought a replacement to get his images off his Drobo but he wasn’t going to chance that again, but he wasn’t angry — he said his Drobo lasted three years — he was just a little miffed that he had to buy another Drobo to get his images back, which is pretty much what my post was all about.

Part 2: My offsite Back-up: I went with CrashPlan

After this last episode, I wasn’t taking any chances
A lot of folks recommended CrashPlan.com as well for my offsite backup, so we went that route, but I gotta tell —- this is the piece of the puzzle that’s been taking so long. It initially told us that our back-up to CrashPlan.com would take just over a month (yikes!), but then we hit some snags (on our end), and then we learned we were backing up too much stuff to take advantage of their “buy hard drives from Crashplan, fill-them-up, and send them back via FedEx” plan so we just had to wait it out.

Well, with Photoshop World and everything —- we’re STILL backing up, so while this is clearly not the speedy choice for backing up, at least when it’s finally done, I’ll sleep a whole lot better at night.

I wasn’t searching for the cheapest possible deal
I’m sure there are probably cheaper deals out there for on-site and off-site back-up, but the cheapest deal wasn’t my goal. I wanted two methods I could really depend on, and although these were clearly not the cheapest routes to go, after all my research (done in house, through your recommendations, and through recommendations from friends), I felt this was the best route for us, and so far, I’m happy with how it’s going.

And the Winners are….
I mentioned that rather than give the $100 to Drobo (which is the price they finally came down to after three calls on my repair), instead I would give a $100 bounty to the person who helped me find my new backup solution. Congrats to my readers Kody Kahle (who recommended CrashPlan) and  Lee Ramsden (G-Tech) — I’ll be contacting you directly about where to send you your bounty! :-)

Thanks to everybody who was so patient while we were putting all this together, and a big thanks to my assistant Brad Moore who had to administer this whole plan and is still putting the final touches on it. But in the end, I think we both agree it was totally worth it (and very necessary).