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Can you guys recommend me a good storage only drive?

Need to back up some personal files + business data THAT CANNOT BE LOST. I've currently got it on 1 external western digital drive + 2 internal 500gig's for a total of 3 copies of files, but I fear one of my internals is aging. I need to replace it


Drive must be at lest 1 tb, storage only, nothing else. I'm thinking RELIABLE is my top concern due to the business data.
    
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Well for reliability a WD RE3 cannot be beat, 2 in RAID 1 and your data is safe for ETERNITY!

With price in mind, anything that says "Caviar" on it in RAID 1 for security...
 
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Well I'm sure people could recommend you some cheap 2tb drives and all but I have 2 of these had one of them for 2 years and another for only 1 year but never one single time have I had a probably with them. Mine are in raid 0 at the moment with no problems and couldn't be happier with them.


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Well for reliability a WD RE3 cannot be beat, 2 in RAID 1 and your data is safe for ETERNITY!

With price in mind, anything that says "Caviar" on it in RAID 1 for security...

RAID1 is for redundency.

It is not for back-ups.
It is not for archiving.
It is not for security.
It will not be safe against a number of possible failures (weather, robbery, PSU damage, PEBKAC, malware, etc).

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Originally Posted by q6600nut View Post
Can you guys recommend me a good storage only drive?

Need to back up some personal files + business data THAT CANNOT BE LOST. I've currently got it on 1 external western digital drive + 2 internal 500gig's for a total of 3 copies of files, but I fear one of my internals is aging. I need to replace it


Drive must be at lest 1 tb, storage only, nothing else. I'm thinking RELIABLE is my top concern due to the business data.
How much business data and how often does it change?

Remote backup is a requirement if it is that important.
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Quote:
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Well for reliability a WD RE3 cannot be beat, 2 in RAID 1 and your data is safe for ETERNITY!

With price in mind, anything that says "Caviar" on it in RAID 1 for security...

Yes.
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RAID1 is for redundency.
It is not for back-ups.
It is not for archiving.
It is not for security.
It will not be safe against a number of possible failures (weather, robbery, PSU damage, PEBKAC, malware, etc).

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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
RAID1 is for redundency.

It is not for back-ups.
It is not for archiving.
It is not for security.
It will not be safe against a number of possible failures (weather, robbery, PSU damage, PEBKAC, malware, etc).


How much business data and how often does it change?

Remote backup is a requirement if it is that important.
If you use RAID 1 and one drive fails, you have your data. Bottom line. It's a good option for a lot of people.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID_1#RAID_1
I'm making a legitimate suggestion you don't have to turn the OP off of a decent suggestion by postcrapping on me.
Of course RAID doesn't replace regular backups but redundancy DOES provide data security in the sense that you don't need to worry about losing everything due to a drive failure.
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F3's are very popular, and a little less expensive than the WD's (although $18 dollars is probably irrelevant for important business files) .

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Quote:
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If you use RAID 1 and one drive fails, you have your data. Bottom line. It's a good option for a lot of people.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID_1#RAID_1
I'm making a legitimate suggestion you don't have to turn the OP off of a decent suggestion by postcrapping on me.
Of course RAID doesn't replace regular backups but redundancy DOES provide data security in the sense that you don't need to worry about losing everything due to a drive failure.
You are wrong in stating "your data is safe for ETERNITY!". Period.

RAID1 provides protection against a single drive failure.

RAID1 does not protect against:
* PSU damage
* ID10T problems
* Fires
* Theft
* Water Damage
* Failure to replace mirrorred disk in time
* Malware

All these are relatively common and quite possible. If this data is that important, there are better and more comprehensive solutions. In addition, this is for a business. It is better to understand the needs and requirements before making suggestions.

If the data is relatively small, then a single external HDD and a sync-ed DropBox folder would be better and cheaper. Would he benefit from weekly/monthly/yearly archiving?
Edited by DuckieHo - 12/29/10 at 9:02am
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right now I'm basically backing up word/excel/video files every day to my 2 500 gigs in the machine, and to my external WD since I'm paranoid. I over do everything.

I'm running WD and seagate currently, tht WD and f3 look pretty nice, if you had to choose though, WD over samsung right?

I've got a WD in one of my parents machines from 2001 still going strong..
    
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