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Jul 18, 2011 14:30 |  #1

I just started and now I have a 1TB raw files to store. My problem is, I don't have a desktop. And hard drive on my laptop is about 500gb which leaves about roughly 200gb free space. I am currently storing my files (only raw files) in WD external drive and use the free space on my laptop for editing. My friend warned me about the failure of the external drives and told me to get another one and save a second copy. Is this a little bit too much?


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Jul 18, 2011 14:56 |  #2

I back up to 2 external hard drives and DVD. I have had one external drive fail so far.




  
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Jul 18, 2011 15:21 |  #3

I back up to 2 external drives, burn dvds, and upload backup files to private galleries in my smugmug account. I've had one external hd failure, so was very happy with the multiple backups...



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Jul 18, 2011 15:33 |  #4

I back up to an external WD drive in a 2-bay enclosure, and also a portable external HD that I keep with me in case something happens to the home PC. Once a client project is completed I burn a set of DVD's also.


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Jul 18, 2011 15:38 |  #5

OK looks like a second drive purchase is in the works.


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Jul 18, 2011 15:46 |  #6

Kasrielle wrote in post #12780385 (external link)
I back up to 2 external drives, burn dvds, and upload backup files to private galleries in my smugmug account. I've had one external hd failure, so was very happy with the multiple backups...

same for me except my online backup is different.

I had my laptop drive drop dead and it took me a week of steady work to recover my stuff. I had JUST finished scanning over 300 old family photos when it happened. now I back up all over the place haha


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Jul 18, 2011 15:57 |  #7

The price on external hard drives is getting better and better so I find it not unreasonable to save my files in three separate external hard drives...



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Jul 18, 2011 16:16 |  #8

Why do external drives fail more frequently (at least that's what it sounds like people are saying)?


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Jul 18, 2011 16:24 |  #9

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Why do external drives fail more frequently (at least that's what it sounds like people are saying)?

not from my experience on both a personal or professional level (I'm a software developer).

I do however find that some brands are better than others. I try to avoid using anything with a Western Digital drive. Just my opinion but I'm not a fan...failure rates are pretty high.


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Jul 18, 2011 16:33 as a reply to  @ Leftcoast_Mike's post |  #10

never had an external drive die on me. Have had one internal drive die in a company portable. One thing to consider....swap out the internal drive to a larger size. Depending on how large a drive can fit inside, you should be able to put in at least a 750MB HD. If the drive area allows thicker drives...you can put in at least a 1TB unit.




  
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Jul 23, 2011 00:04 |  #11

thenextguy wrote in post #12780725 (external link)
Why do external drives fail more frequently (at least that's what it sounds like people are saying)?

Multiple methods of failure, since they have their own power supplies and circuit boards in the cases. Quite often the drive itself is fine and can easily be swapped.


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Jul 23, 2011 00:34 |  #12

I have a 250GB SSD drive as my main HDD for software and OS, I have separate internal HDDs for my Photos 2x1TB and all my images along with my Lightroom catalogs back-ups etc are on the same drives, then I have both those drive backed up to and external 2tb WD my book and a LAcie 2big quadra 2tb external drive. I keep my photography stuff completely separate from my music and games, which I have separate internal drive for my game install directory and my music. Love the simplicity of it all, I know exactly where to go when I need to get something.


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Jul 23, 2011 07:59 as a reply to  @ S.E.V.'s post |  #13

I put the files on my main internal HD and use Mozy to do a backup. Mozy is an internet backup service so my important files are stored in the cloud.


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Jul 23, 2011 09:26 |  #14

thenextguy wrote in post #12780725 (external link)
Why do external drives fail more frequently (at least that's what it sounds like people are saying)?

I agree that fundamentally external drives and internal drives fail about the same rate. The externals might encounter some issues if carried about in a carryon bag, for example, simply due to mechanical stresses which exceed the shock rating of the drive.

In 30 years of computing I have had two internal harddrives fail in desktop machines, one internal harddrive fail in a laptop, and one external USB unit fail -- only because the INTERFACE ELECTONICS within the WB MyBook USB enclosure failed; but not the harddrive itself, which ran fine when I pulled it out and put it into a docking unit! As thedge said, often the drive itself is fine, it is the supporting electronics in the enclosure at fault.

All harddrive vendors seem to have lemons in their lineup history, and virtually no harddrive manufacturer is immune. And many external harddrives are made simply by 'integrators' who buy the harddrives from one of about a half dozen manufacturers (Samsung, Hitachi, Seagate, Maxtor, etc.)

Redundant data in multiple drives in multiple locations is the safest way to go. Use of RAID 1 enclosures which automatically mirror data on both drives is a metholodology which is better than single drive, but it does not protect your data in a floor of fire destroying your building.

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drive drop dead and it took me a week of steady work to recover my stuff


With Windows 7, you can create and have a full System Image stored on an external harddrive, then if your internal harddrive fails, you can simply Restore the System Image into the replacement harddrive and be up and running as if nothing happened in the matter of hours! I know, it has save my bacon twice. Once when a 4 mo old PC hard its harddrive fail (got a warranty replacement), more recently when the directory/files somehow got scrambled to the point that the computer could not even boot up fully. After running full diagnostics, I simply restored the System Image and all was fixed (in less time than it took to run the full harddrive diagnostic check), all my application programs, all the user preferences, etc. The data files written to another harddrive since the last system image was stored (you can have multiple System Images available) quickly restored things fully.


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