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Windows 7: How often should I change my external drive

11 Mar 2015   #21
Computer0304

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Well, there's not that much other reliable choices in my opinion here in Korea.


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11 Mar 2015   #22
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Well, there's not that much other reliable choices in my opinion here in Korea.
What choices do you have?
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11 Mar 2015   #23
NSA

 
 

Things like the photos and other small but important things can also be backed up on cloud sites, like Mediafire, or Mega.co.nz which gives you 50gb free. External drives last quite a while in my experience, but I also keep ritualistic backups, and more backups of those backups, but cloud storage is still a good idea because when you store it there, it's stored in multiple places, so yes say you upload a 1gb file, it's copied over many storage areas so you can't lose it really if you back up in the cloud
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11 Mar 2015   #24
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NSA View Post
Things like the photos and other small but important things can also be backed up on cloud sites, like Mediafire, or Mega.co.nz which gives you 50gb free. External drives last quite a while in my experience, but I also keep ritualistic backups, and more backups of those backups, but cloud storage is still a good idea because when you store it there, it's stored in multiple places, so yes say you upload a 1gb file, it's copied over many storage areas so you can't lose it really if you back up in the cloud
Mega has had a checkered history and their web designers and tech help are incompetent. If you use IE, you will not be able to use Mega.

Not all cloud backup services use geographic redundancy, (as far as I know, none do for personal plans). I would treat any paid cloud backup service (other than high priced business services) as a single backup and provide your own redundancy. Multiple cloud services could be used to get redundancy but that would require fast, truly unlimited internet access. Also, I would trust only paid cloud backup services so that would get expensive in a hurry.
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11 Mar 2015   #25
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Well there is Sony, but I can't trust that because I don't know who the drive itself is made by. I think the Samsung ones are made by Seagate or at least use similar components inside because Samsung had their HDD division sold to Seagate a few years ago. WD drives can't be found anywhere reliable either. There is a WD website for Korea, but it doesn't list any online stores for WD products.

Edit: One thing that is confusing though is that the Samsung section of the Seagate and the main Samsung website have different hard drives for some reason...
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17 Mar 2015   #26
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Um... is anyone going to answer? I have decided for now that I will wait until at least the end of the year assuming all the people on other sites have had bad luck with their drives lasting only 2 years. Are Samsung drives good enough? I am not going to get their external SSD though as it is too expensive.
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17 Mar 2015   #27
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Um... is anyone going to answer? I have decided for now that I will wait until at least the end of the year assuming all the people on other sites have had bad luck with their drives lasting only 2 years. Are Samsung drives good enough? I am not going to get their external SSD though as it is too expensive.
Answer what?

Your most recent post (#25) doesn't contain any questions.

It's already been explained that any brand can be fine or you can have a terrible experience with any brand.

Don't agonize over it.

Buy on the basis of price, price per gigabyte, vendor support, ease of RMA if a drive is dead on arrival, and possibly benchmark speeds if speed is a big issue with you. But don't get in a lather over which is "good" or "reliable". You're rolling the dice regardless of what choice you make.

Obviously, avoid any models with known design defects, but those are quite rare.

I've had great luck with Samsung drives, but that shouldn't mean anything to you. I'm a sample of one.

If 11 people on this forum tell you they had good luck with brand X, that should mean virtually nothing to you as well.

Warranty might mean something, but you have to decide if you are willing to send a drive containing personal and private information back to a dealer or manufacturer. I wouldn't, so warranties mean nothing to me--but that's a personal choice.
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17 Mar 2015   #28
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

We have no idea what you can or can not buy in South Korea.

When I did use a lot of hard drives both Seagate and WD served me well.
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17 Mar 2015   #29
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
...Warranty might mean something, but you have to decide if you are willing to send a drive containing personal and private information back to a dealer or manufacturer. I wouldn't, so warranties mean nothing to me--but that's a personal choice.
One can always wipe a failing drive before returning it to the vendor. If the drive is too dead to wipe, the vendor isn't likely to want to fool around with trying to get to your data. Also, one can always encrypt their personal data on a drive. If someone is really paranoid about it (not necessarily a bad thing, btw), a really, really strong electromagnetic field (like a MRI scanner?) will wipe a HDD.
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17 Mar 2015   #30
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

Ok, well I guess like always I am worrying too much. Thanks for your thoughts.
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