Backup Routine for Photos, & Sudden Hard Drive Failure

Started Jul 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jen Yates Senior Member • Posts: 1,414
Re: Backup Routine for Photos, & Sudden Hard Drive Failure

Is it normal or common for a hard drive to just fail out of nowhere? Is there someway to sort of predict hard drive failure, software that does this for you etc?

It's possible (probably?) that the drive is fine but the enclosure is toast. Google SMART for predicting drive failure.

Also, for backups, I've used Windows SyncToy freeware and had it "echo" left to right every action (that is, the backup repeats any additions, deletions, renames, and moves of the original, no changes are ever applied from the backup onto the original). Is this suitable software, or should I be using something else?

It does the job, but you could look at using a proper backup solution to give you additional options. EG crashplan is free for disk to disk backups (I use it to backup over 1TB of data to the cloud)

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