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Retronic

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Reliable External Hard Drive?
« on: May 24, 2020, 09:15:19 AM »
My Samsung keeps going down; about once a month I have to recover it and it's annoying.  Seagate was worse.
Can anyone share their experiences of reliable external hard drives?I need to get one that I can rely on.  Ripping these LPs takes a long time and to have them all lost is not good!

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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2020, 11:27:49 AM »
From my experiences to date, the most reliable is a WD (Western Digital) My Passport external. I have one that i've had since 2013 when my major hard drive crash happened where I lost everything forever, and not once has this thing ever went down on me in going on 7 years. I have a 2nd one of these as well that i've had for a few years and no issues yet. They are so light and small you can fit them in your pocket too.

The problems with externals are the older big heavy/bulky ones. I have another one of those types that I had to recover several times, and now I can not get it to recover anymore and have lost some stuff once again on that one. But thankfully, at least 70% of it I have elsewhere because most of the time since 2013, i've been making 2 or 3 back ups of everything as I remember to do so. But sometimes I do forget.
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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2020, 01:32:20 PM »
I also run a WD, and have had no trouble with it. It's wise do occasional backups on a second hard drive, however.

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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2020, 01:52:41 PM »
I have a Samsung too, a 3,5 " 4 TO that works like a charm, only problem is i have to ventilate it in summer - i use Hard Disk Sentinel (hxxx://www.hdsentinel.com/) to monitor my hard drives, very useful, essential i would say.
My files are backed up on a Seagate 2,5" frequently.
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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2020, 02:21:34 PM »
I also run a WD, and have had no trouble with it. It's wise do occasional backups on a second hard drive, however.

I agree. I run two backup drives (one WD, the other Seagate). And even take the step of burning everything to DVDs for a third level of protection.

Also, I find that the drives last much longer if you don't keep them plugged in 24/7. I only turn them on when I need to transfer files.
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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2020, 04:29:51 PM »
And even take the step of burning everything to DVDs for a third level of protection.



This is something I do as well with extreme important stuff

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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2020, 11:17:54 AM »
Cheers all.  Ordered a  WD and will reformat the Samung as a back up!

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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2020, 05:47:12 AM »
I'm a fan of WD, But after 6 years they're all bound to die, lost a few myself. must keep backups all the time. SSD's prices are coming down, I'm also digging using Google Drive $10US a month u get 2TB and Googles user interface is like a hard drive. u can stream your Audio and Video right from there web page.

IMHO from a newbie.

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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2020, 07:57:15 AM »
I always make two copies on two different HD for safety reasons. I had a set of WD, but after few years they started to go down, suddenly and quickly, giving me just the time to buy new ones and transfer everything, fortunately.
Now, since three years more or less, I have a couple of Lacie Porsche Design, 6TB each, good enough for my needs.
Next ones will be some solid state drives, no more spinning discs that will fail sooner or later. Much faster and reliable.
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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2020, 08:46:50 AM »
My best experiences with HDD drives are with Western Digital. I've an external 250go WD Elements since 10 years directly connected to my internet box visible from my computers, without any problems, but i do not use it for my musical storages.

For music (especially FLAC & WAV) I use more some WD Blue 500gb or 1Tb internals HDD on a Salcar 3.0 usb double-dock.
https://www.amazon.fr/Salcar-Station-daccueil-optimis%C3%A9e-dalimentation/dp/B01LZFH7NO/ref=psdc_2908498031_t1_B01D9KXB0I

So i use it only when i need to stocks my music and to hear it.
My HDD are labelled with stickers on it. EX: (FLAC volume 1 etc...)
The advantage is less energy & physical use, so it will live longuer.

I project to invest to a very-multi dock where i can connect severals HDD at once and to have all the music under one hand.


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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2020, 08:53:55 PM »
WD My Passport? Mine stopped working some day, and thanks to the online community I found out that it was a strange mechanical failure where you had to put the drive on its side for it to work again. If I remember correctly, the same happened to another "passport" at my parents' home. So no My Passport for me again.

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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2020, 10:09:14 PM »
People are trying to move over to Solid State Drives (SSD) to avoid the mechanical failures of Hard Disk Drives.

Though they are still quite expensive.

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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2020, 04:37:35 AM »
"A question I get asked a lot is, "which is the best hard drive to buy?" It's a tough question to answer because, unless you have tens of thousands of drives spinning, you end up relying on what the manufacturers say or personal experience drawn from a limited sample set…"

"But there is a company that has tens of thousands of drives in operation, and who keeps a close eye on failure rates. That company is cloud backup firm Backblaze."

"Backblaze has published its Q1 2020 hard drive stats, which looks at the failure rates for 129,764 hard drives […] The data gives us an interesting insight into reliability."

https://www.zdnet.com/article/which-company-makes-the-most-reliable-hard-drives-which-drives-might-be-worth-avoiding/
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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2020, 04:50:53 AM »
The HD problem highlights an interesting aspect of Library Music collecting:

It's a tech-infrastructure/IT challenge.

I don't have enough storage to archive all of my original Library (complete FLAC, etc.) downloads. I've always used this rule, which requires a lot of storage to uphold:

The 3-2-1 Backup Rule

The 3-2-1 backup rule is an easy-to-remember acronym for a common approach to keeping your data safe in almost any failure scenario. The rule is: keep at least three (3) copies of your data, and store two (2) backup copies on different storage media, with one (1) of them located offsite.

https://www.nakivo.com/blog/3-2-1-backup-rule-efficient-data-protection-strategy/

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Re: Reliable External Hard Drive?
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2020, 05:32:49 PM »
Like many of you i prefer WD hard drives and keep multiple storage (NAS + copied data on a hard drive )

As i've experienced once a double failure (NAS hd + hd the same day) i've added an online backup of my data to keep up as 3 different set of backups
There are multiple solutions depending on how much data you have to keep, dropbox etc...

I'm currently (and for 2 years now) have been using a service called backblaze (mainly because i also backup my photos and my work and all of it is around... 16TB)
The main thing i love about backblaze is that whatever the size of your backup, the cost is still the same.

But it depends also on your connection (speed, cost of uploading data etc...)