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Old 07-20-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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I have an old desktop PC that has all my music stored on it. I still use the computer from time to time, but I'm afraid one of these days it's going to stop working and I won't be able to get to all my music.

I've been thinking about getting an external hard drive as sort of a back-up for my music. Any suggestions on what kind (brand) of external hard drive is good? I found a Western Digital 2TB Passport external drive on Amazon for about $110. It looks to have pretty good reviews. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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Have you tried posting in the Science and Technology threads, you may get qualified responses there.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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I have an old desktop PC that has all my music stored on it. I still use the computer from time to time, but I'm afraid one of these days it's going to stop working and I won't be able to get to all my music.

I've been thinking about getting an external hard drive as sort of a back-up for my music. Any suggestions on what kind (brand) of external hard drive is good? I found a Western Digital 2TB Passport external drive on Amazon for about $110. It looks to have pretty good reviews. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
I don't know much about external drives but I have backed up my music on CD's and/or flash drives. You should do this regardless of the age of your computer as even newer machines can crash. Always good to have a back-up.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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Have you tried posting in the Science and Technology threads, you may get qualified responses there.
Just what I was thinking^
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I don't know much about external drives but I have backed up my music on CD's and/or flash drives. You should do this regardless of the age of your computer as even newer machines can crash. Always good to have a back-up.
Yes, I second this advice^, I do the same.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:39 PM
 
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2TB is a lot of storage. You could backup both of your computers on it. External hard drives are pretty standard. What’s not standard are the connecting cables, especially if you have an older PC. If have PCs you probably want a drive that has both USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections. If your newer computer is a Mac you have to consider Firewire and Thunderbolt.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:27 AM
 
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Wouldn't a flash drive be ok?
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:11 AM
 
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I looked for a computer forum, but I guess I just overlooked it. One of the moderators moved it for me.

Yes, I suppose a flash drive would work too. Obviously a lot cheaper. Maybe I'll go that route.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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I don't know much about external drives but I have backed up my music on CD's and/or flash drives. You should do this regardless of the age of your computer as even newer machines can crash. Always good to have a back-up.
While CD's or any burnable media is good solution for third backup they shouldn't be used as primary backup especially if it's important. Commercial discs are pressed into a thin piece of metal and even these are susceptible to failure but it might be centuries. The discs you burn are literally burned into a chemical and that chemical will deteriorate over time. The disc will fail at some point. It might be tomorrow or it might be 20 years from now but it will fail. The when depends on a lot of things like the disc quality, hardware or even the software you are using.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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I don't know much about external drives but I have backed up my music on CD's and/or flash drives. You should do this regardless of the age of your computer as even newer machines can crash. Always good to have a back-up.
I disagree in the context of this thread. The original poster was looking for a backup for his music and he mentioned a 2TB hard drive. That right there indicates he has a LOT of music. No way is a flash drive a practical solution.

Yes, an external hard USB hard drive is the way to go. Even the cheapest ones are reliable enough and provide enough throughput to deliver music.

Also, try Price Watch. I just found 2TB hard drives from WD for $85.

PriceWatch - Lowest prices, local and nationwide stores selling USB 2TB Hard / Removable Drives | Page 1
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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Wouldn't a flash drive be ok?
Not for more than a few gigs of data. Flash drives are for portability.

See post #9.
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