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Old 05-04-2017   #1
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I routinely backup my photographic work to three external hard drives. One Seagate 3 TB, 1 WD 2 TB and my WD passport 3 TB. Good thing.

Last week I dropped my Passport onto a concrete floor. Good bye Passport but no big deal, I have 2 other full backups right? WRONG.

The next day my WD external HDD goes belly up for no known reason. It still shows up in Explorer BUT it shows no files on the drive.

NOW it's slight panic time. I am down to one set of images and NO backup.

I just let my computer run all night copying the Seagate to a new Seagate 4 TB external (Roughly 1.4 TB). Hopefully, when I check tonight I will have dual full backups again. Then I'm gonna transfer at least the last 2 years to my new Passport.

There are 7 years of model shoots, plus family stuff and other photography on these drives so the close shave really got edgy.

Bullet dodged but what are the odds?

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A backup isn't a backup unless you check it once in a while.

That is why when my wife was the VP at her bank in charge of compliance she had to fly twice a year, once to Atlanta and once to I believe San Diego. The bank would then operate for the day on the backup to make sure that it was there, was there properly and that they backup system would work.

Glad you didn't loose everything.
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But I do indeed check. Every time I finish processing a shoot I back it up twice. That WD External was fine the day before it failed
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The WD dies because you killed his little buddy, the Passport. If you didn't purposely plan and execute the Passports death, you wouldn't have had an issue with the WD.

So I blame you. Accidentally dropped it. Ha.
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The WD dies because you killed his little buddy, the Passport. If you didn't purposely plan and execute the Passports death, you wouldn't have had an issue with the WD.

So I blame you. Accidentally dropped it. Ha.
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I'm experimenting with an internal harddrive with and external closure for backup.

https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Exter...rive+enclosure

So far so good.
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This: https://www.amazon.com/Synology-DS21...b-4b93d5b10dae

With these: https://www.amazon.com/Red-4TB-Hard-...BFDSY3FFEY24WP
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Yup, I'm not a pro but I backup at the end of every month onto two external drives. Glad I did so when my laptop hard drive collapsed 5 months ago.

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A backup isn't a backup unless you check it once in a while.
Actually a backup isn't a backup unless it is off-site. Having three drives all in the same location wont help if that location burns down, is flooded or burglars clean the place out.
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RAID

https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&fie...tag=mozilla-20

When setup properly, data is written to multiple drives at the same time (duplicated), if one drive fails it's still on the other drives.

The more expensive server type setups are hot-swappable.. you can replace the drive without ever having to power down. The hardware does all the work, when a drive starts to fail it alerts you, when you put a new drive in... it formats it and starts backing up onto it... automagically.

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