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I have a spare Western Digital Green drive I am going to use as a backup, Gonna turn it into external storage (Via a kit) My question is, How long will it last stored, and unpowered? (In a climate controlled house, with no humidity, low low dust) I wanna use it as a backup for super important stuff, But not have it used constantly since some of the data won't be needed often (And if it is, Just copy to my main drive)


tl;dr how long will a drive last, stored unpowered?
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It'll last however long the drive lasts. There's no date set in stone as to how long a drive lasts.

If the drive stays unpowered for most of its life, it should last years though.
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It'll last however long the drive lasts. There's no date set in stone as to how long a drive lasts.
If the drive stays unpowered for most of its life, it should last years though.

Because I used to back-up stuff to DVD, But even stored properly and not scratched, Some of them don't read anymore and I've lost about 15~25gb worth of data. So, I wanna get a drive, copy my stuff to it, and put it up until I'm ready to use it again.
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It'll last however long the drive lasts. There's no date set in stone as to how long a drive lasts.
If the drive stays unpowered for most of its life, it should last years though.

Because I used to back-up stuff to DVD, But even stored properly and not scratched, Some of them don't read anymore and I've lost about 15~25gb worth of data. So, I wanna get a drive, copy my stuff to it, and put it up until I'm ready to use it again.

Like I said, there's not really any set date that the drive will die. So long as the drive functions, your data will be in tact. And being that the drive will be powered off most of its life, it should theoretically last YEARS.

If you're going to do this, I'd suggest doing it twice, just to be on the safe side. That way you've got a backup of your backup so to speak. This way if one drive DOES fail, you can always replace that drive, and your other one will still have the data on it.
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