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Question about connecting to multiple external hard drives/flash drives


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#1 bigbrown411

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:51 PM

Do you have to restart you computer in-between the times when you connect to an external hard drive or flash drifve, or can you do it all in one sitting? What I mean by this is if you plan to back-up data on, say, 3 external hard drives and 2 flash drives, do you need to restart your computer everytime you connect to a different drive to back-up files, or can you just back-up your files all in one sitting on all 3 external hard drives and 2 flash drives without having to restart your computer. I back-up a lot of data, so I'm kind of paranoid about potentially losing my data.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 12:52 PM

As long as they are USB you shouldn't have to restart at all.

 

I would suggest backing up one at a time, because that's the least stress on the internal hard drive.

 

I must ask though, are you backing up the same data in 5 places?



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 01:05 PM

Provided the drives are USB and you are ejecting them properly not rebooting shouldn't be an issue.  Failing to eject the drive properly can result in loss of data or drive corruption.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:16 PM

As long as they are USB you shouldn't have to restart at all.

 

I would suggest backing up one at a time, because that's the least stress on the internal hard drive.

 

I must ask though, are you backing up the same data in 5 places?

Sadly, yes. I just prefer to back up my files onto multiple drives. I currently own 5 1tb external hard drives, 1 320gb external hard drives, and 8 flash drives (2 64gb, 1 32gb, 1 16gb, 1 8gb, 2 4gb, and 1 1gb). I always hear about people's drives crashing and them losing all their data. I'd rather be safe than sorry.  The only drive that's failed on me so far was the 1gb flash drive. I don't know if it "died" exactly, though. It said it needed to be reformatted. I bought the drive back in 2006-2007, so I'm just amazed it lasted that long.






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