Posted 23 December 2005 - 08:51 AM
Note- OT rebuttal: Mods may delete if inappropriate here-
Long term temporary archive, not permanent. I still use DVHS tape for permanent. But I really don't archive anymore, too much good stuff on DVD rental to occupy my time and DVD has gotten so much better quality today. My main content source today is not DBS timeshifted eventhough I never watch anything real time anymore, It's BlockBuster's Movie Pass at @ $20 a month for all I can watch. I bought one DVD in the last 9 months. Starwars III, to complete my collection.
Fact is, while I do have the ability to swap out 2 pairs of hard drives on the HDTIVO at 77Hrs each. I find that a single pair works well enough to cycle my timshifting. I rarely save anything long term. The current drive set has been in place now since February. I keep my original drive as backup. The first set has the Sopranos series on it in HD so when the final season comes on, I'll most likely put those back in and "archive" Sopranos.
DVHS Tape was $2.12 per hour archival on SVHS tape in DVHS mode, $5.55 on actual DVHS tape
921 $500 for 22hrs = $22.73 per hour
HDTIVO $ $449 for 77 hrs $5.83 per hour
Since the DVHS tape and the WeakKnees hard drives are removable storage media, I cost them by themselves. The 921 I priced by itself as I have not yet tested the swappable drive system on it yet. In effect, that would be a venture into the debatable illegal use world since E* says it does not sanction swappable drives. TIVO, by contrast supports the swappable drives by Weakknees so it is a legal upgrade licensed as a 3rd party retrofit. However, if we figure all technical options regardless of legality arguments then the 921 would cost in at $135/22 = or, $6.14 per hour. (Note- that the 921 technical solution for hard drive swap allows for exact match hard drive to replace the existing one and hacked imaging process (YOYO) and I just priced one as $135 for a 250G Maxtor.
So, gpflepsen, what do you opffer that is more economical than "$4 per hour" archiving otherthan DVHS ?