Windows 10: External Hard Drive Questions

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  1.    10 Nov 2017 #11

    You might consider getting 2 3TB ext HDs. Better and better photo/graphics/pictures technology often means more and more byte-space needed. If the Cloud cannot be reached for some reason, you have a backup of the backup, and in different locations.
    Which Windows?
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  2. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       10 Nov 2017 #12

    RolandJS said: View Post
    You might consider getting 2 3TB ext HD. Better and better photo/graphics/pictures technology often means more and more byte-space needed. If the Cloud cannot be reached for some reason, you have a backup of the backup, and in different locations.
    Which Windows?
    Windows 10
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       10 Nov 2017 #13

    Set a budget of how much you want to spend and then buy the largest drive you can based on that budget. Having a backup drive that is too big is never an issue but having one too small could cause make it so you need to decid3e what can be backed up and what can't.
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       10 Nov 2017 #14

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    There are currently only 2 brands in the world: WD and Seagate, the rest are just re-branded...
    There may be three, I understand Toshiba make their own...
    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/a-loo...a-hard-drives/
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       10 Nov 2017 #15

    Jesse Williams said: View Post
    .. I think 1TB should be fine...
    That's what I though when I got my first one - I have five now
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       10 Nov 2017 #16

    I'm using a Western Digital 2 TB, USB 3.0 & 2.0 compatible with it's own power supply https://www.wdc.com/products/externa...s-desktop.html Plus 32 Gig Flash Drive. And using/rotating between multiple Flash Drives.
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       14 Nov 2017 #17

    I would use a USB stick for secondary back up on photos. driver do fail over a period of time.
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  8.    01 Dec 2017 #18

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    MrHudson said: View Post
    I would use a USB stick for secondary back up on photos. driver do fail over a period of time.
    I Use 5tb Seagate Backup Plus. Very cost effective. $125.00 or so. Great for Macrium Image backups. Also literally millions of photo storage.
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  9.    11 Dec 2017 #19

    Hi there

    I'd actually choose the passport size SELF POWERED 4TB external drives -- incredibly portable and easy to move between systems. No power supplies needed either ==> although if running say 3 of these concurrently through a USB3 hub make sure the HUB is powered. I've found even for a basic laptop 2 of these work perfectly concurrenty connected to non charging USB 3 ports.

    Backup to these and then remove offline

    Cloud etc is fine for small amounts of data but if it's important stuff you can't always guarantee you have Internet access when you need the data.

    Different colours too

    Seagate Expansion 4 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4: Amazon.co.uk: Computers Accessories

    Outside UK you don't pay 20% VAT so subtract 20% off the price. In UK unlike USA price is shown INCLUDING TAX.

    In a lot of countries you won't pay import duties either as these count as "Educational Material". !!

    Cheers
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  10.    11 Dec 2017 #20

    "...I would use a USB stick for secondary back up on photos. driver do fail over a period of time..."
    I have learned not to use USB sticks for anything other than: USB trouble-shooting boots and for "sneaker-netting" amongst my home and school laptops. While platter-driven HDs can fail, eventually fail - often early-bird data recovery attempts succeed, mostly.
    Any sudden logical or physical failure of a USB stick usually, mostly, although not always, for me anyhow -- spelled the end of, the doom of, whatever data was on that USB stick. All things considered, USB sticks as secondary backups (meaning such back up the primary backups) can work -- if there is sufficient space on them.
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