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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Epic, Apr 1, 2006.

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  1. Epic

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    I tend to backup my data every six months or so. This is mostly a non-work PC, so it wouldn't cost me a fortune to lose it. Still, it would be quite a headache. I used to use a CD writer, which got very cumbersome (last CD backup spanned 27 discs!). My new PC has a DVD burner, so DVD is much more sensible. Still, it's a pain to swap discs and keep track of files.

    Basically, I'm very tempted by the thought of using an external HDD to backup my data. Best of all, I wouldn't have to use fresh media for every backup since I could write over files I've already backed up. I'm imagining an external HDD that would be stored away until backups every few months. Should I be aware of any reliability issues with drives versus optical media? If hard drives are a reasonable solution, what brand/type would you recommend?

    Thanks for reading.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    An external USB drive would be fine, however unless you have USB 2.0 hardware, it will be s-l-o-w.

    Another cheap option is to use "removeable caddies" that hold a standard HDD internally and fit in a standard 5-1/4" bay. They connect to the IDE bus and give full speed transfer. I use these on every PC here.

    As for the best HDD, I have had failures from all makes, but my preferences would be Seagate first, Seagate second and Seagate third...
     
  3. erick295

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    You would be better off sticking with DVD's for a few reasons. First and foremost, hard drives are very unreliable. I would never consider anything stored on a hard drive to be permanent. Secondly, overwriting your old backups is not neccessarily a good idea. Why not archive them so you have more copies?

    Hard drives are great for frequent backups (about every two weeks I copy everything to an external drive), but I would never trust one to be a primary backup. Every six months or so, I back everything up to two sets of DVD's - one stays at home, and the other goes into a safe deposit box. I never throw away the old sets.
     
  4. techkid

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    erick295 is right. An external hard drive is useful only if you are backing up frequently. Otherwise DVDs would be a more permanent and prominent choice.
     
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