Zip, Jaz, Superdisk (120mb floppy disk from 3M), Doublespace v Drivespace lawsuit (Microsoft DOS 6.2/.21/.22)
Damn you Mack, I feel old now...
So there are a few things I'll toss in on:
- Fire safe - data rated fire safes are around that have a USB bass thru, but most importantly are going to keep the contents at 120 degrees rather than normal fire safes that go up to 400 degrees (when paper burns).
- I'm up to almost 4tb of data, and it keeps getting more fun. I don't 'clone' due to a bad file on the source drive becomes a bad file on the 'clone'. I'm using a sync product (chronosync personally, but there are others) for the reason I can tell it to 'archive' anything that is 'deleted' or 'changed' on the source drive. Drive space is cheap, and I can grab anything back from the archive, no software needed.
- Single drives - if you have to pay someone like DriveSavers or Ontrack to recover data, it's much cheaper for a single drive compared to a RAID set
- To NAS or DAS otherwise - 4 most important things for a NAS are
1) setup alerting and test it
2) back it up to something else (and send you a task completed email)
3) have a spare drive to put in asap and
4) have a recovery plan
Had lots of fun recovering an old ReadyNAS - back when they used Sparc CPUs, now they've done x86 and ARM as well - thankfully a client had an old one that happened to match up otherwise SOL. Current favorite is Synology since I can recover the disks attached to any pc booting off a live-cd. http://www.synology.com/en-us/support/faq/579