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Windows 7: How often should I change my external drive

29 Mar 2015   #31
Computer0304

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Sorry to bring this thread back alive, but did you guys mean it is good to have 2 backups which is 3 copies or 1 backup which is 2 copies?


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29 Mar 2015   #32
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Sorry to bring this thread back alive, but did you guys mean it is good to have 2 backups which is 3 copies or 1 backup which is 2 copies?
I'd guess most here would say originals plus at least 2 backups. At least 3 copies total of anything you wouldn't want to lose. Done in some alternating fashion.

With one of the 3 offsite. I would want at least one of my data backups to not be reliant on any imaging or cloning strategy---just an ordinary copy as if dragged and dropped with the mouse, with all files remaining in their original format--jpg, doc, xlsx, pdf, tif, etc.
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29 Mar 2015   #33
Computer0304

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

Well, is it good enough to have 2 copies because currently, I can't get a new drive?
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29 Mar 2015   #34
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Well, is it good enough to have 2 copies because currently, I can't get a new drive?
In that case, it doesn't matter what's "good enough", because you apparently don't have anywhere to put a third copy. Do the best you can with the tools available that is consistent with your budget.

You're the judge of what's "good enough" anyway. Most people say 1 copy (no backups) is plenty good enough. Some people don't think 4 copies is good enough. Suit yourself.
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29 Mar 2015   #35
Computer0304

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

Well I just want the opinion of multiple people. IMHO, two copies are enough since you would need bad luck for them to fail at once. The only way I can think of where you lose both at once is if your house burns down. Things like that happen, but not as often as you think. By two copies, I currently mean having a copy on one computer and another on a external drive. I only use the drive once every 1-3 months and I usually check for malware and viruses and the current health of the computer in case the something about the computer breaks the drive.
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29 Mar 2015   #36
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
Well, is it good enough to have 2 copies because currently, I can't get a new drive?
Although most data experts recommend that your data exist in three places (the original and two backup copies), having only one backup is better than not having any backups at all. Generally, three copies (one original and two backup copies) are considered to be the bare minimum to keep your data safe but, if all you have is the one drive, it will have to do until you can save up for another one.

The reason for having three copies is all drives will fail sooner or later. Having more than one backup reduces the chances of losing your data because your only backup drive failed when you tried to recover data from it.

As far as having the bad luck of having a backup drive fail after the drive in the computer fails, I've had it happen. Having an additional backup saved my data from total loss. How much you spend on backups depends both on what you can afford and how valuable your data is to you.
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29 Mar 2015   #37
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Computer0304 it's your choice. It the last two week you have received may good ideas from members. You have to choose what will work for you.
We can't make that choice for you.

Many members like Lady Fitzgerald make several backup and then their are some like me that just make one now and again.

Their is a good chance that Lady Fitzgerald or my method are not what you want to do. To be very safe with your data Lady Fitzgerald methods would be better than my methods.
There is also a chance your needs will be somewhere between Lady Fitzgerald method and mine.

We can not make that choice for you.
How many drives you have or can get we have absolutely no control over.
Once again that is your choice.

I really not sure how we can help you on this subject other than read read back through the thread to make sure you understand your options and make a choice.
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29 Mar 2015   #38
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

When I refer to most experts recommending maintaining at least three copies of their data (the original, one onsite backup, and one offsite backup), I'm referring to the professionals who specialize in data storage and recovery. Even though my own backup scheme is more extreme (and expensive), the scheme I recommend is the three copy one but will agree having only one backup is better than none. I've seen too many posts from people who have had a HDD that had the only copy of precious family photos, etc. on it die on them, then want to know how to recover them. The sad fact is, usually, they cannot be recovered and, when they can, it usually will take a professional data recovery service to do so, which will usually cost several hundred to several thousand dollars. Even then, spending all that will not guarantee recovery. Which makes more sense; spending a little extra now to protect your data from loss or spending an obscene amount later to try to recover lost data, with no guarantees that it will work?

But, don't take my word for it. Read here what a person who works with data storage and data storage devices for a living has to say about it. Any one who thinks my backup scheme is extreme should see what this guy does with his data (of course, he deals with a lot more data than I do) but he also recommends the three copy method with a mix of imaging and folder/file syncing.
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29 Mar 2015   #39
Computer0304

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

Well, I decided that I will get another external drive later this year around Fall or Summer. Thanks all of you guys.
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