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Old 11-24-2012, 09:17   #1
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Backup question...

I back up our photos every couple months as we have little ones and the photos are really important.

Right now I have a backup WD 500GB hard drive that I use.

Is this the best and safest thing I can be using or should I upgrade to one of the newer flash drives with no moving parts?

I just want to most reliable memory that I don't have to worry about breaking.

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Old 11-24-2012, 09:19   #2
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You should have two hd. If one breaks then you have a second.

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Old 11-24-2012, 11:16   #3
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No, you should NOT get a SSD for backup. They're no more reliable than a standard HDD and a hell of a lot more expensive.

If you really want to be safe you should either get some sort of cloud storage account, Gdrive, Dropbox, whatever floats your boat and backup to that also. Or you can get a second external and rotate them through the safe every month or so.
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Old 11-24-2012, 16:35   #4
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Here are my thoughts on home backup...

- Hard drive reliability should not be a part of your backup strategy. Any hard drive can and will fail (or get lost, stolen, damaged, erased etc.). SSDs are not any more "reliable" than mechanical drives.

- Store two or more copies of your backups. When possible, use different physical media (e.g. a hard drive plus an optical disk, or a hard drive plus a cloud backup service).

- Store your backup copies in different physical locations. One copy at home and one copy at work would be a good starting point.

- Keep your backups up-to-date. Backup new and modified files as often as practically possible. If your computer is struck by lightning right now - how many of your documents will you lose?

- Check the integrity of your files. A backup will not help you if it contains a copy of the same corrupt file. FastSum is a nice little utility for calculating and verifying MD5 hash of multiple files.
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Old 11-24-2012, 19:01   #5
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Great info on this thread.. with one exception...

Your Hard Drive WILL fail...

So have several spares!

I use hard drive caddies or docking stations. Get OEM drives and rotate them out. This is the least expensive solution for the Home / SOHO user.

Backup often, and diversify it.

Consider Mozy Home - $60 / year is damn cheap, and it not only performs backups to the Cloud, but also to A Local Hard Drive at the same time. Best Bang for the buck out there.

Hope that helps ya out!

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