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AlphaOmega2010

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I am a photography student and use an external drive to store all my work and my Lightroom4 catalog, this way I can bring my catalog between college where I can work on the Mac's and home where I work on a laptop with Win Vista. I have bought another external drive where I want to backup the first one on a weekly basis, and store elsewhere in case of theft or fire. I am not very tech savvy though and previous advice to try the free Cobain Backup software doesn't seem to be working for me as it's quite complicated to use (for me anyway). I tried looking for advice on their forum but basically just got told off for not reading the faqs and manual, but I had and just didn't understand the tech jargon. Is there either a free program that's easy to use, or a relatively cheap one, that has good support that will help me out?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.
 

AlphaOmega2010

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Thanks stantley, I'll check it out. I also just remembered that I meant to ask about how I go about using cloud backup services. One of the girls in my class lost 3 external drives last year and nearly lost everything when the 1st 2 drives went. Now she uses online services just in case it happens again. Is there any service that folks can recommend over another, and how much I should expect to pay for such?
 
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One of the girls in my class lost 3 external drives last year and nearly lost everything when the 1st 2 drives went.
Hard drives fail. That's a given. However, one person losing 3 drives makes me suspect there is at least the potential of one or both of the following:

1. The external drive enclosure with no cooling fan. Hard drives generate significant heat which accelerate degradation of electronics and mechanical devices.

2. The external drive is powered up full time. There is no purpose in having an external drive powered up unless one is creating or recovering backup images or data.

Should both conditions exist, you are in worst case scenario for induced hard drive failure.
 
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