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  1. smeegle

    smeegle Thread Starter

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    Question number 1: How long does the average external hard drive last? I have a Toshiba Canvio Basics 1 TB that I bought back in 2015. It is starting to make a buzzing noise that it hasn't made before.

    Question number 2: If I have to replace the external hard drive how do I copy the data from the old one to the new one?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Noyb

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    Q1: It's not the years .... as much as it is the hours.
    Other than bad luck ... It might be the quality of the HDD
    See the attached

    I never buy an off the shelf external ... You don't know what quality HHD is installed.
    I build my own ... get an Enclosure .... Then install a good HDD.
    I prefer a Western Digital Black series with a 5 year warranty.

    Any Data you don't care about loosing is data you only have one copy of.
    So .... I build twins.

    Can you still read the external ???
    With this Enclosure ... the power switch is on the front and not automatic or hidden on the back.
    I can easily turn it on when I want and save the hours and maybe save it from the internet.

    Q2: With a 1 TB, (if more full than empty), it might be quicker to select small bunches (or Folders) and copy or paste from old to new.

    With my 2TB HDDs ... It's much quicker to Clone a good one to a new one
     

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  3. Noyb

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    Your Toshiba Canvio looks like it uses a 2.5" laptop HDD
    Some 2.5" XHDD enclosures.

    This Enclosure looks like a good one with one of these HDDs
    You can use a Faster 7200 rpm drive ... Laptops use 5400 rpm to save battery life.

    Better yet, you might want to think about a SSD ... (no moving parts or heat)
    Much more physically reliable than a HDD.

    Probably better for a Smaller/Portable external that might be moved around or dropped.
    I'd choose a Samsung or Western Digital
     
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    I lucked out with an internal a few years ago, it wouldn't work until it got warmed up. I immediately copied every thing to a new drive before it died completely. Do not plug yours in again until you are ready to copy it.
     
  5. smeegle

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    I'm using a H P desktop computer with Win 10. I guess that I should have mentioned that. I can still use the external hard drive. My concern was that it might stop working before I could save the information. It is half full.

    The attachments were very helpful, especially the one from Major Geeks. Thank you very much.
     
  6. smeegle

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    Lyxn1021, I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Might be best to not run it ... or even have it powered on ....
    before you have a place to save the files.

    If you have a desktop .. either of my "build your own" external suggestions should work.
     
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    If the sound is a low pitched buzz it could just be the bearings getting worn and the drive is still ok. I would test the drive but still play safe and backup everything on it first.
     
  9. smeegle

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    Thanks to all. I'm marking this solved.
     
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