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I have 1TB of "Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX " Since a year and 3 months its working without problems.
Last year I did a big mistake by uploading my files on a cloud storage website, The site went down and I lost like 700GB of files it was a big pain because it was expensive for me and I lost some parts of my archive, Never ever going to trust and upload stuff on cloud storages again...

Also Im a bit confused,Ive read single plattered HDD's Has lower failur chance than multiple ones, My "WD Caviar Black 1002FAEX " Has multiple platters 2x500GB If Im not mistaken.

Also Ive read power on time is important for magnetic HDD's.

So my questions

1- Can I de-attach the HDD after I finish the storage? Will it help to extend the lifespan?
2- Is single plattered "WD Caviar Blue WD10EZEX" Better than mine vs failure/lifespan?
3- And the main question,Whats the best reliable HDD for storage which will last for extra long of time?

Note: I dont care about noise levels and stuff, I will store the files and not going to install anything and usethem.

Thanks!
post #2 of 15
The WD Black that youve got is fine. If you are really wanting to make sure you dont lose anything, run a RAID 1 setup. Itll basically use two identical hard drives and write the same data to each. If one of them fails and loses everything, the other one has an identical copy.
post #3 of 15
wd blue is faster speed cuz single platter, but high acces times so copying alot of files at once is longer than say using the wd black.
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The WD Black that youve got is fine. If you are really wanting to make sure you dont lose anything, run a RAID 1 setup. Itll basically use two identical hard drives and write the same data to each. If one of them fails and loses everything, the other one has an identical copy.

RAID is not backup. If losing access to the data for a day or two in the event of a failure is not a big deal, it'd be much better to take a periodic backup of it to a second drive, and preferably store that off-site.
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I suppose it depends on how often hes moving things to and from backup, but yeah- that works too.
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RAID1 should be viewed as a "temporary means of reducing the likelihood of data loss in the time periods between regular scheduled backups to an external hard drive"... My suggestion would be to get a 2-3TB external HDD, and do your backups 1-2x a week (or however often you need). eSATA and/or USB3.0 is ideal, as I would not leave the eHDD plugged in overnight to do the backup, as the whole point is to have it disconnected from ANY other electronics at ALL times, except when there is actually data being transferred (and as USB3.0/eSATA are relatively quick, you'll be much less tempted to leave it plugged in and go to sleep/leave/etc).

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RAID1 should be viewed as a "temporary means of reducing the likelihood of data loss in the time periods between regular scheduled backups to an external hard drive"... My suggestion would be to get a 2-3TB external HDD, and do your backups 1-2x a week (or however often you need). eSATA and/or USB3.0 is ideal, as I would not leave the eHDD plugged in overnight to do the backup, as the whole point is to have it disconnected from ANY other electronics at ALL times, except when there is actually data being transferred (and as USB3.0/eSATA are relatively quick, you'll be much less tempted to leave it plugged in and go to sleep/leave/etc).

Just a suggestions smile.gif
This.

A WD Caviar Blue WD10EZEX will be fine.
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WD Red???
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WD Red???
I wouldn't when you can get 7200 RPM drives for the same price or cheaper.
post #10 of 15
Two biggest killers of HDD - spin up and heat.

Keep it always on and nice and cool and you'll last a long time. As for reliability - roll the dice. Everyone has had different experiences with brands and will offer you their own opinion. Pick a good warranty, that's the only way to go about these things.
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