Backup Routine for Photos, & Sudden Hard Drive Failure

Started Jul 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ahender Senior Member • Posts: 1,554
Re: They always fail out of nowhere!

BobSC wrote:

drj3 wrote:

The probability that two External HDs would fail at the same time due to drive problems is very close to zero.

Agreed, but it's a lot further from zero than the probability that three network cards would fail at the same time (one in a TV, no less), and yet they did for me last summer. Lightning.

I just changed over computer systems and purchased EaseUS Todo Backup (no affiliation with company). Very simple to use and powerful. About $40.

I had been suing Windows 7 Backup Utility until I found out it DOES NOT back up all the files needed to do a complete system restore.

I have always used external drives for my backup (internal drives with an Antec housing).

Unfortunately they no longer make these housings, which have a cooling fan.

NewEgg does have one with a fan.

Always have one backup in a safety deposit box and one at home.

Used to always use WD drives but changed to Seagate because they are cheaper and seem just as reliable.

Store bought external drives can get very hot if left running all the time.

I find using internal drives in a housing with a fan a much better option.

I also connect via eSata which is much faster than USB 2.0.

As for USB 3.0, not convinced that "standard" is bug free.

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