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Portable hard drives...any advice?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by axis69, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. axis69

    axis69 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 5, 2016
    I m interested in getting a 2tb portable hd for backing up pics,music etc.Any pitfalls I should be aware of?
  2. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    not really... they all work the same . A474A692-A93D-412A-8F17-A6F1149E7056.jpeg western digital does mostly reliable and affordable HDs - but so do a lot of othere... here’s my 1tb - works fine.
  3. Raimonds

    Raimonds Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 28, 2015
    I would suggest to get 2 portables and do 2 backups. I have seen hundreds of HDDs failed - I dont trust them.
    Or get the NAS with multiple HDDs in RAID, thus when one drive will fail your data will be still available. Or get portable SSD - more expensive but more reliable than spinning disk drive.
  4. Chont

    Chont Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 25, 2012
    if you can splurge on SSD its worth it if these are for backups. Even if you got a smaller one and get another at a later date.
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  5. vid1900

    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 25, 2016
    The solid state ones are more durable, if you are going to be taking them on trips to back up your daily photos or to gigs.


    Avoid any Western Digital drives with Hardware Encryption on the controller board.

    If the board is damaged (like the USB jack breaks), even Western Digital can't get your data back for you.

    If you are handy, you can cut one of the legs off of the controller board chips, and force it to be just a normal external drive. You have to do this BEFORE you put any data on the drive!!!!

    With the modified board, if the controller blows, your drive can be put in another enclosure, or desktop computer to retrieve the unencripited data.

    List of WD drives to avoid:


    And you should have 2 backup drives in separate locations.

    If you house burns down, you will lose your backups too.

    If you put one drive in your locked drawer at work (or safe deposit box), and keep the other at home, it's unlikely both locations will burn at the same time.

    Drives fail ALL THE TIME. Do not fool yourself into thinking that it won't happen to you.
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  6. Nick Evans

    Nick Evans Senior Stratmaster

    May 8, 2016
    South Wales UK
    Avoid Seagate, from my experience they don't last as long as other brands.
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  7. nungesser

    nungesser They've Killed Fritz! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2014
    I have a 1tb made by Western Digital (WD) its fairly robust in construction and inexpensive
  8. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Lewisville, TX
    Avoid Seagate!!!!

    Buy Western Digital. I've had some still going about 10 years later. Seagate will last a year if you're lucky.
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  9. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 8, 2016
    Ssd fail too. Not as often, but they do fail.
    Two backup drives, in two different locations is the safest way to go.
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  10. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    Other than 1 drive being of little use for real back up purposes, they're all much of a muchness. I've had very few hard drives fail over the last 30 years, they usually last longer than my computers...
  11. 33db

    33db Strat-Talker

    Dec 14, 2018
  12. omahaaudio

    omahaaudio Strat-O-Master

    Apr 21, 2014
    This ^
  13. axis69

    axis69 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 5, 2016
    Oy vey,on Amazon there are plenty of failure complaint s for share,wdc....I have DVDs with pics from 10-20 yrs ago....pretty reliable but my current pc has a broken writer.....thanks so far....
  14. roger@pennyflic

    roger@pennyflic Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 4, 2013
    Just remember "It hasn't been backed up until it has been restored"
    As for different drives just watch out for the way they have been formatted (If you are not fimiliar with reformatting). Some may be formatted for an Apple file system while some will be formatted for a Windows file system.
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  15. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    one terabyte flash drive
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  16. GuitarMechanic

    GuitarMechanic Most Honored Senior Member

    I have one in my drawer that won't start up and there are irreplaceable pictures and videos on it :(
  17. sp8ctre

    sp8ctre Strat-Talker

    Mar 8, 2014
    Long Beach, CA
  18. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

    Jul 14, 2016
  19. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    Really? I was going to recommend Seagate! They are pretty much all that is readily available round here, & I haven't had one go wrong. What problems have you had with them?
  20. Nick Evans

    Nick Evans Senior Stratmaster

    May 8, 2016
    South Wales UK
    You have been lucky then! I have had a couple of mine fail within 2 years, even laptop repairs I have done with HDD failure have had Seagate drives. I won't recommend them especially as I have old Fujitsu and WD drives 10 years old still going strong.
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