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Backup pictures for safe keeping

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#1 cuks


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Posted 03 November 2013 - 07:04 PM

What is the best way to backup pictures and files for safe keeping? I have heard that external hard drives are not a good idea because they can fail at any time when stored for any length of time.

Is there any truth to this?

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 01:26 AM

How much GB are you planning on backing up. you could do it many ways   


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To answer your question A external drive is like a internal drive but outside of the  case. Yes they can fail but there like internal ones. If you keep it clean and remove it safely they can last  for a while. 


Just like any mechanical hard drive they will eventually fail but the Life expectancy is similar to internal drives.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:38 PM

As coxchris says,


I use a combination. For really important stuff I use a NAS with mirrored drives as a start, Then Back up to a external drive too. Then I use a BluRay Burner that burns 25Gb or 50Gb disks. Only use good media for that purpose. The Drives are powered down when Not needed which will extend their life significantly.


I can not remember the last drive I had that died (Knock Wood) Internal or External and that goes back to the days of Dos 2. However I do have to say when I am not using the computer or external drives I do Shut down and remove the power using a power strip too. Wait I do remember I did have one Samsung go bad, but it was a slow process and I had no problems recovering from it. So out of all the Hard drives from MFM to IDE to SATA. Or to put another way from 20Megabytes, The MFM drive to 4TB currently in use. 1 Drive has gone bad.


I find hard drives to be reliable. However They do not like impacts for example.


As I say I use a combination of Hard drives and Optical media. Optical media would survive a flood, Hard drives would not as an example of why I use both.


If the Pictures and files are super important, Back them up to a portable external drive and store in a Safe Deposit Box.


Good Luck


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