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Old 07-21-2013, 10:21 AM
 
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In reality, 2TB is way more than enough for me. I think I would also like to put my pictures on it too. They too are on the PC's hard drive and I also upload them to a site online.

In looking at the reviews of various external hard drives, I've seen many, many reviews saying the device is faulty or it failed after a year or it crashed etc. This is said on almost every single one I look at, so it's making me a little weary.

Is there a brand out there I should be looking at that's generally pretty good?
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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In reality, 2TB is way more than enough for me. I think I would also like to put my pictures on it too. They too are on the PC's hard drive and I also upload them to a site online.

In looking at the reviews of various external hard drives, I've seen many, many reviews saying the device is faulty or it failed after a year or it crashed etc. This is said on almost every single one I look at, so it's making me a little weary.

Is there a brand out there I should be looking at that's generally pretty good?
Most of the brand names (Seagate, WD) are very good.

Also, instead of paying a lot for the most reliable drive (something that someone's life depends on like a spacecraft), get two of the cheapest hard drives. The probability that the two most unreliable hard drives will fail is lower than the probability that the most reliable hard drive will fail.

So, with that, you would have your precious files (photos, tax returns, personal files) on your PC hard drive (Drive C) and a backup of all those on an external hard drive. That's what I do (actually I have several other PCs in my house onto which I also back up everything).

Added benefit of an external hard drive. When you go out, like on a vacation, you simply unplug the USB hard drive and take it with you. If your house burns down or you get robbed, you have the backup with you. That's what I do.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:10 PM
 
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How much *room* is actually needed ?
OP never stated now much data he/she already has.

I have a 500 GB 2.5 inch drive in a small case (not much bigger than a good sized smart phone today),
and it holds all my *like to keep* stuff.

It is made by *Rosewill*, has two USB plugs (no idea why or what for, maybe one is data and one is power ?), and it also has an external power receptacle (did not come with the AC adapter)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182181

On the other hand, it is my opinion that a back up should be at least in 2 places ...

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Old 07-21-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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I purchased one of these for my Windows home Server and it's excellent. It requires no external power source (runs off USB power) and it has a "sticky" rubber backing so it can be placed on the top of a computer and not slide off. Note that you can buy a 500GB drive. And it will fit in a pocket.

Here's how you judge hard drive reliability: It doesn't matter what the brand is, it's either going to fail within the first month or after ten years. Flip a coin to get the right answer for the one you buy. That may seem extreme but I've had drives fail in less than 30 days, and I have drives that are over ten years old still running.

As for USB drives, you can use them for backup. I carry three drives in my pants pockets. Two are 128GB and one is 8GB.

The two 128GB hold our pictures and our documents. They are encrypted with a strong password on each.

The 8GB is left over from when I owned my consulting company. It's been in my pocket for 5 years and has taken a trip trough the washer and dryer. While I would never recommend doing that to a drive it has worked flawlessly once I dried it off.

The point is you should use what you are comfortable with. USB drives will cost more per GB, but they are much more portable, and easier to misplace as well.
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