WTF How often do you get a new external hard drive?

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  1. redial

    redial Well-Known Member

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    The other day my external hard drive didn't show up on my screen... scary 'cause I got a lot of music, pictures, stuff I'd rather not lose. Restarted my computer and it showed up, but I realized it was at least 4 years old, so I went and got a new 500 gig hard drive. Now I'm migrating all the data which is taking forever... so how often do you change yours out?
     
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    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

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    I have had mine for 3 years now and 0 problems.

    Pro tip for the day.

    Get two, you never ever have your data in one place. I suggest 3 places for business, two for music and such. A drive can go out on day 1 from the box, never keep all your eggs in one basket.

    @DrivenByDemons
     
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  3. Mark Mayonnaise

    Mark Mayonnaise You look like a tree! VIP

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    Fuck you nerd
     
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    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

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    Or just get a amazon S3 account, real cheap.
     
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    chapped Well-Known Member

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    Every few years but yes I do use multiple hard drives for important information cough cough cough porno
     
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    DrivenByDemons Spinoff Jesus Staff Member

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    This guy knows wtf he's talkin aboot.
     
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    Apple the cat Moral conscience of the Shed

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    No tags (yeah, like I'd know how to do it). @BethSucks, off to the Artie Lange thread!!!
     
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    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

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    I have had to recover enough lost data over the years for clients, so yeah, one drive = disaster waiting to happen.
     
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    DrivenByDemons Spinoff Jesus Staff Member

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    Security and reliability require effort :grad:
     
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    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

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    Exactly bro, you cant be lazy when it comes to your important files.
     
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    DrivenByDemons Spinoff Jesus Staff Member

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    I suggest people set up a recurring calendar event or reminder on their phones or wherever to do regular backups and updates. And always have an offline backup. Don't just set it to a network drive or you'll pay the price like elias did.
     
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    At first we didnt back up the forum, as we grew we did it once a week, then daily, now every six hours onto remote servers. Its just a must, you cannot get caught your pecker hanging out. Yes it takes effort but in a disaster you will be glad you did.
     
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    DrivenByDemons Spinoff Jesus Staff Member

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    Damn, every six hours? Is that part of your package or do you have to pay for that bandwidth?
     
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    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

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    Yes, At this point we are on two server for files. One for web, one for database, the images are served by CDN from servers world wide. I have an expert Linux guy that handle all our servers 24/7.

    This ain't amateur hour brah.
     
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    Get a NAS. Not the cheapy Dlink ones I started with but like the 4-bay Synology I got a few years back. Throw 4 good drives in there, strip it and you should be good if one fails. There's also provision to back up to another array. The initial costs did hurt a cheapskate like me but the last time I lost a drive with some really precious family pics and videos, it was way more painful to pay for the recovery.
     
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    But the backups are automated of course, no one is dragging files into folders by hand
     
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    redial Well-Known Member

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    The digital proverb I heard was:
    'Data doesn't exist unless it exists in three places.'
    All this stuff costs money... 50 bux for a 500 gig drive is a lot for me right now. It's a cost/benefit/risk decision.
     
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    You can upload all the photos you want for free to Google photos. Also nice because it catalogs and sorts them on the fly. For other stuff you can use a cloud aggregator to combine different free online storage sites to upload your shit. This is a free solution but if you're paranoid about privacy it's probably not for you. I will say privacy is practically dead anyway so IMO fuck it but to each his own.
     
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    my dell is 14 years old...works fine
     
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    Dude...I had a hard drive crap out at the end of 2014. It freaked me the fuck out because there was so much shit that wasn't backed up. This was 3TB drive. Luckily, I was able to send it out to have it worked on. $1300 later I got most of it back. It was the dumbest money I have ever spent, but the photos of family and friends were worth it to me alone not to mention all the other shit I'd been saving forever. Here is my new plan of attack and I suggest you do the same.

    I got a Dropbox account. It's good for 1TB and it's $10 per month.
    Then I got a 2TB Toshiba USB 3 hard drive.
    And then another.

    I have redundant backups 3 deep.

    I will never lose anything again. You learn real fast after one fails and you think you've lost your digital footprint.