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Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
digital ed
digital ed Veteran Member • Posts: 3,539
Re: Beware the USB backup drive


As I've mentioned before, I run a lot of computers, and I've seen a LOT of hard drive failures since I started my IT business 13 years ago.  I've lost a minimum of 30 drives over that time, and it wouldn't surprise me if the total was 50+.

It seems that some of the least reliable drives are the Seagate external USB backup drives.   They tend to fail at the 1-2 year mark, suddenly, for no discernible reason.

I guess there's a reason an external drive with casing and USB connection is somehow significant;y cheaper than the same size drive sold as an OEM bulk replacement.

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I normally use WHS for complete computer BU. For short term BU I use Allway Sync to check for new or updated files and then copy them to another location not in the primary drive. Can sync folders to another disk, a local USB HD or in a place on my LAN. It gives tabular selection of each sync type including filters to select which files on which to operate.

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