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    I have been backing up on a couple of ext. HDD in the past. While I was looking for to get another ext. hdd in the market, I was overwhelmed with new brands and products for backing up files securely.

    By the way, I use windows for my laptop.


    Quote Originally Posted by chobochobo:
    If you want to keep it simple, just buy a couple more drives and remember to back up regularly.

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    This is what I have been thinking. It's probably the same with iClouds or any other server who want to upload their personal data to the "clouds"


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    It's too low for me. I need t at least 1TB.

    On the other hand, this is a smart move though! Thanks!


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    Thanks for sharing! I'll take this into consideration.


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    I follow the 3-2-1 data protection strategy, It recommends having three copies of your data, stored on two different types of media, with one copy kept off-site.
    Realtime mirror/replication of your main data/machine, then (for example) cloud and external HDD.

    I don't mirror the data my main machine (but I should), I backup to cloud every week (automated) and monthly to external HDD. Not the best but works for me.

    Didn't go with a NAS as I don't need something on 24/7

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    Quote Originally Posted by nivek2046:
    if the external hard drives are physially/electrically detached, they could last decades, right?
    It's a good question and one I don't think we have a definitive answer on.
    However, I would suggest powering on these drives once every 6-12 months.
    My main suspicion for failure would be drying up inside, i.e. the motor might get stuck...

    Given the fact drive prices continue to come down, I think it is a good idea to regularly add 'new' drives to your offline set, to keep it fresh.
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    In my opinion, if you want to store something really important, better get a pack of ten 128Gb BDXL Blu Rays and a writer.

    https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Print...dp/B0CDKJDLFF/

    There is absolutely no guarantee neither for HDD, not for SSD, and even less for a cloud services.


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