I suggest that you also ask this question to the BitCurator Users Group (Archivists using digital forensics tool and techniques for archival processing) www.bitcuratorconsortium.org
One solution I'm using at MIT Institute Archives is having a Dual Bay Hard Drive Docking Station (in my case, a Sabrent USB 2.5" and 3.5") along with two 3.0TB NAS Hard Drives. This allows me to have a primary drive with the digital material that I'm processing on it and then the Docking Station has a Clone feature that allows me to clone that drive to a second NAS HD for back-up until processing is complete and I then move the digital packages for preservation into our Preservation storage area.
I connect the Docking station to a computer that is disconnected from the Ethernet (and no WiFi) during processing. This keeps the files separate from the computer and gives me some peace of mind that I've got redundancy. A further step is to store the 2nd HD (copy/clone) in our Vault or other separate location to avoid location-specific disasters (water leaks, power surge, etc.)
Thanks to Dorothy Waugh, digital archivist, at Emory Special Collections and Archives who shared this approach with me.
Kari R. Smith
Digital Archivist and Program Head for Born-digital Archives
Institute Archives and Special Collections
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts
617.253.5690 smithkr at mit.edu http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/ @karirene69
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Scancella, John
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Does it really need to be a completely separate network/standalone computer? The reason I ask is because it sounds like you just want a firewall setting that won't allow a computer (or groups of computers, i.e. subnet) to not be able to access the internet. By leaving the computer attached to the network you get all the benefits of automatic updates from your central configuration management system (in the case of windows SCCM).
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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Coates, Sarah
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:44 AM
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Non-networked computer advice
Asking on behalf of our library's Systems department: Does anyone have any best practices for a non-networked/quarantined computer for confidential information/sensitive information? We are looking for ways to get more potential donors of digital material, but some of these donors do not want their work to be on a networked computer.
Our Systems department is looking for a methodology or best practices for a computer that can be backed up/connected to an internal-only network (with no public access) but that cannot access networked resources and the internet. If your archives has something like this set up, would you be willing to share your set-up?
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Thank you so much in advance!
Sarah Coates, MA, MLIS, CA
204 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
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