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I currently have 520GB of data files which consist of pictures videos, 1000's of files of all kinds of stuff I want to keep safe. Option A is to have two separate HDD's 1TB each in conjunction with a external dock base like Thermaltake's Black X which is connected to the pc with a esata cable, which I have this setup right now *partially*. The HDD is actually a internal HDD being used with a external dock. As of right now it's risky I know but I only have the one HDD. I have not gotten a second HDD yet.

This is how I would do it when I backup my stuff I want to keep if I get a second HDD. I move my files from the desktop to the first HDD and then to the second HDD. I do this method every time manually to each HDD each time maybe a few times a month. Sometimes it's adding sometimes it's editing or deleting. I get the feeling what I'm suggesting doing seems archaic, is it ?

Here's the problem with this setup, If one HDD fails one day I lose everything. This is why I have another HDD that has duplicate data on it. So if one fails I'll have the backup. Here's the thing though sometimes HDD's just don't fail completely and can sometimes before it does, some files could get corrupt. So if a HDD gets corrupt in some spots and affect some files I won't know. Just to let you know I did find some rar files corrupted on my HDD. The way I found out was I ran a RAR test within the rar program where it test the file and I had many that failed and the files were corrupted some how and don't why either.

I've already looked into doing a raid setup but no way, I'm not doing it, please don't suggest it.

These are my other options.

I could just burn 65 DVD+DL disc's, but I think that to much stuff to burn and keep track of.

Get a Blu-ray burner and burn 22 BD-R's. I can get a BD burner for about 75$. With double layer BD-R's I only would have to burn about 11 disc's. I may have to re-burn burn disc's sometimes when editing or deleting but not when I add.

With Blu-ray I would only have to burn my stuff once and only have one copy as long as I get good media and store in dry cool place and not in the sun light, like my closet would be a good choice.

What should I do, I need to make a decision soon, either get another HDD or get a Blu-ray.

thanks for any advice.
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Just buy a second harddrive and back up to it.

You can use the program sync toy to watch folders for changes and it will automatically either add changed files, keep a mirror image or whatever you like. You can set it to run when you attach your external drive.

The bluray discs is a pretty inconvenient way to do it as you'll need to label your discs very well to know what's on each and it's likely a folder will span across two discs.

And why are you so agaisnt raid?
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yay but getting second Hdd won't I have to also get a second ext dock ? and hook them up at the same time ?
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IMO, the best solution for your specific need is the Bluray method. I trust hard drives, but they aren't permanent and do fail due to internal failures, power failures, physical damage, etc...

Optical disks are semi-permanent, can be stored far away or nearby, or both. The will not be destroyed if you drop one, or if you have a power surge or a component failure inside your PC. They are relatively inexpensive and you can update the newer files by simply creating a backup DVD-r with a listing of the modified files (an incremental backup of sorts). You can create copies pretty easily and much less costly when you need to.....they do not require you to have multiple hard drives laying around, each with it's own possibility of failure.

As always, the best way to backup data is to store it in multiple locations. I backup with an internal drive, a server, an external drive, and occasionally with optical disks----because my data is NOT critical. If you can't live without your data, use a form of "physical" storage. Choose your blank media wisely and you shouldn't have any problems- once you have enough cash, you can build a redundant server or simply have an extra HD to store data to.
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just get another external or an internal drive. I backup to 4 locations myself. I would never bother with Discs...I'd loose them or break them. Also, they would be a HUGE inconvenience to me if I had to use 100 or so discs for my data lol. It would take for ever!
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just get another external or an internal drive. I backup to 4 locations myself. I would never bother with Discs...I'd loose them or break them. Also, they would be a HUGE inconvenience to me if I had to use 100 or so discs for my data lol. It would take for ever!


Did you read my whole post, the part where how do I know when my HDD is going bad ??

Plus it would only be 22 BD-R's or 11 DL BD-R's I would need to burn.
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Did you read my whole post, the part where how do I know when my HDD is going bad ??
Yes I did read the part where you were talking about drives going bad and corruption...which can happen on discs as well.
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Plus it would only be 22 BD-R's or 11 DL BD-R's I would need to burn.
Cool, I was just speaking about how it would not be a good choice for me. In my use discs are a burden. Multiple HDDs work best for me.

To lower the risk of corruption I backup to some drives at different times.

#1 gets a nightly update of my data.
#2 gets updated bi-weekly
#3 gets updated monthly
# 4 gets updated every 6 months or so.

So far I have not had any data corruption on any of the drives and my backup plan works great for me.

Also, I usually store files as they are with no compression.
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