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Re:Computer Gurus Assistance Needed 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
mrjeff wrote:
I use HGST ( hitachi) I get mine at B&H or Amazon. Seagates have one of the higher fail rates.

Yeah, I stopped using Seagate with all the failures, had decent luck with WD Black drives, but have gone to SSD's but in my Qnap NAS I used 4 3gb HGST NAS drives. I do need to get a backup drive for it too.
 
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Re:Computer Gurus Assistance Needed 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
The important thing to remember is that almost all of the drives you are talking about are "Mass Produced," so you can get a lemon in all of them.

Drives, or drive arrays, are designed with a specific purpose. You say you want to store pictures, but the important questions are:

1. Will these images be accesses quite often, or are you going to just "turn on, write, turn off."
2. How important are these pictures to you.
3. Do you need the ability to have others in your household (or externally) have access to them.

These are just a few of the questions to consider.

What mostly causes drive failures are frozen or dragging spindles (the center bearing shaft) that occur most often on drives that are shut down for prolonged periods. The second most common failure is worn read/write heads (again from on/off cycles.) Constant run drives (sleep mode off) usually only have heat related issues.

I'm not trying to be a pain here, just trying to point out the various things to consider when you are purchasing a long term storage drive.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them or PM me if you wish.
 
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Re:Computer Gurus Assistance Needed 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
G_Conway wrote:
The important thing to remember is that almost all of the drives you are talking about are "Mass Produced," so you can get a lemon in all of them.


And that is the big key.
All the research and expert opinions cannot protect you from that.

If the data is important keep two copies, periodically check that the copies are still valid and accessible,
and quickly backup to a "third" backup if there are concerns when checking.
 
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Re:Computer Gurus Assistance Needed 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
mrjeff wrote:
I use HGST ( hitachi) I get mine at B&H or Amazon. Seagates have one of the higher fail rates.

mrjeff is right HGST have the best reliability from my research. I bought a NAS for my business and put a HGST 4tb drive in. From all I've read they are more of an enterprise drive so they need to be reliable.

Also I read that SSD drives are going to be getting really cheap. Look at NewEgg.com There's a newer drive coming out that cut the cost in half. Wish I could remember where I read that.
 
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Re:Computer Gurus Assistance Needed 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
I'd go with a usb flash drive. 128GB flash drives are pretty inexpensive and 128gb will hold a lot of pics. No Mechanics to fail and very portable and shock proof. You can pick up a 128gb for less than $15.00. Get yourself 2 or 3 and you'll be good to go.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007960%204814%20600082308%20601113575&IsNodeId=1&cm_sp=Cat_Flash-Memory_2-_-visnav-_-120G-USB-2-Flash-Drives_6
 
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Re:Computer Gurus Assistance Needed 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
great questions and lots of good info.
This willl most likely be a write and then turn off application.
Thumb drives may be the way for me.
 
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Re:Computer Gurus Assistance Needed 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
I have a 4TB passport I use for all backups and a 3TB WD blue I haul around as my media drive. I love the USB3 speeds

I got mine from dell. decent prices, just easier way for me to order.
My son uses the drives you can get at costco and has never had an issue with them.
 
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Re:Computer Gurus Assistance Needed 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
OrygunZ wrote:
great questions and lots of good info.
This willl most likely be a write and then turn off application.
Thumb drives may be the way for me.


If I were in your position, I would do the following:

I would purchase 2 ea. 2TB external units. Any well known "Brand." Your usage description means USB 3.0 would be nice, but not worth a lot of extra money in your environment. I would only plug in (and turn on) one drive at a time. Write your files to the drive. Swap drives and do it again.

Reasoning: USB (Thumb drives ) would be much more expensive to get the same amount of storage and backup. USB (Thumb) drives are still susceptible to failure (thermal, shock, solderjoints, etc.) If you follow the plan above, the likelyhood of losing your data is almost zero. Your MAIN computer system drive AND BOTH of the external drives would all have to fail at the same time. While that could happen due to theft, fire, or some other natural disaster, even that could be reduced if you always kept one of the portable drives at an alternate location (family or friend.) Write data to one and then swap the devices when you can and write the other.

2 "cheap" drives, used like that, would be better than one Expensive drive; however, 2 medium priced drives would be better INHO.

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Re:Computer Gurus Assistance Needed 3 Months, 1 Week ago  
Great advice.
Thanks.
I think this would work out great or me.
 
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