Backup Routine for Photos, & Sudden Hard Drive Failure

Started Jul 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
Glen Barrington
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Re: They always fail out of nowhere!

The DBA in me can't give you 100% assurance that the drive contents are recoverable, it depends on why and how the drives broke. However, it is probably likely recoverable if the surface of the drive platters aren't damaged. I don't have a recommended service, I've never had to recover a bad drive (That's what multi-level back up strategies are for).

But I did an internet search for HD recovery on Google and got a LOT of hits. Though none of it sounds cheap.

I've heard more negative reports on WD drives than I have heard positive ones.  I've got a little external Toshiba that is at least 4 years old that runs all the time and it's solid as a rock. I think with external/portable hard drives, the absolute cheapest is not always the best.

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