External HDD or SSD for backups?

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Ken60 Senior Member • Posts: 2,312
Re: External HDD or SSD for backups?
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Fred I agree with you about the " grey cloud of forums " , but in honesty I have had drives fail of all kinds.    Internal HDDs that have been used for storage and left out of a PC and unpowered for a long time .  I now use the docking bay and pop internal HDD into it for backups.

One of the things I lost and was angry about was a Lacie D2 type external drive. It died and was presumed power supply , this was replaced and still nothing.  Drives were removed and read in a USB HDD unit and still unworkable ........ seems the storage was an OEM special and with the dead unit this was unworkable.   Also I found the drives used were a cr@ppy version little used by customers that could read their label . So can you really trust a box with claims of being great, and rugged, when you cant see whats inside or know in advance the issues at breakdown.

With my Startech USB , I decide the drives I use in it and select known reasonable drives. I decide the software used and format for data, and from usage to date I trust this more than other options.  As for the comments about handling , hell I have been handling HDDs for 30 years while building computers, and though I tempt fate none of my failures could be attributed to bad  handling.

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