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Portable hard drives...any advice?

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  1. stratman323

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    What actually breaks?
     
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    The click of death.
     
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    Google "HDD Click Of Death" . Basically its when your PC/Drive becomes unresponsive, you usually get read / write errors before total failure but you will definitely hear loud clicking from the HDD. Doom is eminent resistance is futile!
    Hope this helps

    https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/c/cod.htm
     
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    Will Googling that make my day better? Or simply give me something extra to worry about?
     
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    WD and Seagate are the same company last I knew (merger). One is the premium line the other the inexpensive line -- marketing. Seems like WD bought Seagate who at the time had a higher market price position, and then made them their cheap line. Kind of like Gibson buying and repositioning Epiphone. I didn't follow the drive situation too much as I got out of that market about then.

    NAS is a better way to go, two drives mirrored so if one goes down the other still contains your stuff. A fancy builder will have their work computer, that feeds a NAS at their house/work, which auto-syncs with a duplicate NAS at a second location. Essentially four drives are involved.

    You can build a NAS yourself if you have an old pc tower computer and buy new HDD to fill it. FreeNAS and OpenMediaVault are the two I'm familiar with and have used various versions over the last ten years (running on a 1998 PC tower, lol). I've had drives fail but only one in a pair. Buffalo Box is a commercial system like these (and many others out there) if you want turn key.

    The idea is while you are on the road you sync back to the NAS as your personal cloud server. Or you buy a portable USB backup drive that you work out to sync when you get back home. Portable drives will get dropped if you are using them to be portable on the road with you.

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    I wouldn't worry about it , if and when it does play up change with something better. Just make sure you have everything regularly backed up:thumb:
     
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    There’s this thing called the internet, maybe you’ve heard of it
     
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    I've also had better reliability with WD than Seagate in both home and corporate use.
    It got to the point at work where I would specify "anything but Seagate".
     
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    Why would you back important data up to a physical device that will fail?
     
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    Cloud storage of some sort. Cheaper, more convenient, more reliable than a physical disk.

    If you want pure backup peace of mind, Backblaze for the win.
     
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    Thanks for this info, I had never heard of BB, but I just googled it and may very well get one.

    Thanks again.

    LMSS
     
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    I saw a suggestion for NAS....good idea...however I've experienced some of the lower end (a couple hundred $$, not server/business class) RAID fail in those units and all data be lost because of a corrupt array.

    I think for home, personal use, that's not overly technical, having two 2.5 inch drives that are physically separate from each other is a pretty adequate solution. Backup to the Master drive and then copy/image/whatever to the 2nd drive. Time intervals are based on your comfort level.

    I've been in IT for over 20 year. All drives have potential to fail so redundancy is the only answer. I'm currently using Western Digital, there's a lot of decent drive solutions out there but one are 100% guaranteed against failure.
     
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    This is what I do. For where I have my family photos and music library stored, backups are done each night to a 4TB USB drive (Linux script that executes an rsync command). Every month or so, I swap that drive out with another one. The "other one" gets stored in my desk at work.

    For my videos and recording, I back up to a separate USB drive. Those are less important so I don't do the "swap with a drive offsite" bit. I use a free program called SyncBack (https://www.2brightsparks.com/) that can easily be set up to copy new/changed files to another directory, another drive...wherever you want.
     
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    Only to put your name/contact on it somewhere.
     
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    I've had 2 Seagates fail, I've had about 8 WDs never fail.

    The earlier recommendation to get 500 gigs seems like a waste. Get a 2 TB.
     
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