External HDD or SSD for backups?

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skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 5,592
Re: External HDD or SSD for backups?
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PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

My experience with external backup drives has been dismal, with many failing soon after the warranty expired. By many, I mean 3-4 over 6 or 7 years.

One would think that (modern) SSD drives would be more reliable, though I'm not sure what happens if no power is applied for a year or two. However, I just experienced my third (internal) SSD failure in the past 4 years. The early models seem not to be as good as hoped.

Were those external backup drives the kind that come in USB enclosures or were they bare drives that you drop into a docking station?

I think you might already know the following, but for lurkers:

  • The backup drives that come in USB enclosures can be very failure oriented.
  • If using bare drives that are dropped into a docking station, then one must be careful not to touch the drive's circuit board when handling the drive to avoid damage by static electricity. Also store the bare drive in the anti-static bag that they come in.

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