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External Hard Drives makes backup files easy


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Old 03-29-2009, 11:51:21 PM
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Default External Hard Drives makes backup files easy

I am sure this is old news to the computer savy and just as sure some one will benifit from this suggestion.

I have been using a 1,2 and 4G key memory, or USB memory stick to backup all my digital photos. It works but there is a better solution.

The new generation external drives. These are very small, about same as a cell phone or blackberry or whatever - - small. No power supply just attach a USB cable to your computer and viola! You have a big disk. Just drag and drop to copy to the external disk. I backup all my photos and only scratch the surface. The current generation are 240G, 320G or 500G and even saw 1000G (1T) at cosco today. Price? $65 to $150 bucks. My whole computer only has 40G drive so the latest mid-size typical external drive is almost 10 times more space. Thats a lot of photo storage and its a backup. I still use my desktop for my primary photo storage. When one dies, I have the other for backup. I dont have to mess with a desk full of little 1,2 and 4G key memories.

Bottom line, no one ever should loose thier lifetime collection of digital images, or documents, files, drawing or designs, its very easy to backup. And cheep. Simple drag and drop. No complicated backup procedure, no save an image of a whole computer, no compression. Yes, you can do all that if your a geek. Other folks - Forget that. No need. Your computer is just a pile junk all you need to save is the personal stuff.

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Default Re: External Hard Drives makes backup files easy

You are right, the new ex hard drives are great, I set mine to copy my complete C drive every night, then if something happens to my PC I have a complete backup.
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Default Re: External Hard Drives makes backup files easy

Definitely better than spending hours dragging & copying to multiple 750Mb disks and then labling them and trying to keep track of what's on each one.

The plug in externals make it easy to transfer from one computer to another too.
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Default Re: External Hard Drives makes backup files easy

Now we're talking about hard drives, I did a hardware update a couple of weeks back and installed a couple of 1TB drives in a RAID.

This is SUPPOSED to obviate backups (onsite) but, since I've been in this game for a number of years, I don't quite trust the RAID to work as promised and alarm me when one of the drives gets errors so I can replace it seamlessly.

The only problem is that I can't seem to find any diagnostics to make sure the RAID is working right. Does anyone out there have a source of good (free) diagnostics I could download?

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Default Re: External Hard Drives makes backup files easy

I hope you are running a RAID 1 or you have no protection at all......
I run a RAID 0 on my home computer for the extra speed I could get at the time. When I get good and ready I'm tossing the EIDE drives as I've had them long enough to not warrant taking my chances at this point AND I can pitch the RAID controller card too....... .......and putting in a single SATA drive.
Ideally a RAID 0+1 would be nice but nothing I DON'T have on an external is worth having 3 drives sucking juice all the time.
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Default Re: External Hard Drives makes backup files easy

How about solid state drives, basically a huge memory stick, with no moving parts, no head to crash, basically bullet proof...down side is $$$$
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Default Re: External Hard Drives makes backup files easy

Craig:

I think I've got RAID 0 because my two 931 GB drives are shown in the RAID as one striped 1.82 TB drive.

If I don't have what I call a true RAID system (where each drive is a clone of the other), I need to revisit my setup.

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