External Hard Drive Questions

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  1. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       08 Nov 2017 #1

    External Hard Drive Questions


    I am looking at getting an External Hard Drive for Christmas to back up all of my photos to it since I take a lot of pictures. I donít want to waste my PCís storage on pictures. My Hard Drive on my HP PC is 1TB. What storage capacity should I go with for an External Hard Drive? Also, what are the best brands? The cheapest is Seagate from what I can see.
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  2.    08 Nov 2017 #2

    I use WD Elements with no issues. A 1TB should do, but you might well go bigger if you're willing to pay up.
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  3.    08 Nov 2017 #3

    Make sure you buy USB 3.0 - not USB 2. Even if your computer has only USB 2. You'll probably have the drive for a long time.
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  4. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       08 Nov 2017 #4

    The back of my computer is USB 3.0 ports. I think the front are 2.0. I think 1TB should be fine. I am either looking at WD and Seagate.
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  5.    09 Nov 2017 #5

    Hold on, using an external drive as a backup of photos is fine, but your posts indicate you want to delete photos from pc.

    This is putting all your eggs in one basket.

    When the external drive fails (all drivrs fail sooner or later), you will lose EVERYTHING.

    For backup purposes, you need photos to be on TWO different drives as a minimum.

    A good solution is to store on the Cloud eg onedrive etc.

    DO NOT rely on the external drive as the ONLY copy of your photos - Tears WILL ensue.
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  6.    09 Nov 2017 #6

    Jesse Williams said: View Post
    I am looking at getting an External Hard Drive for Christmas to back up all of my photos to it since I take a lot of pictures. I don’t want to waste my PC’s storage on pictures. My Hard Drive on my HP PC is 1TB. What storage capacity should I go with for an External Hard Drive? Also, what are the best brands? The cheapest is Seagate from what I can see.
    You need original and backup copies of all your files including photos. I would store your personal files either on separate drive or separate partition within your PC. This enables you to backup the key OS files using Reflect Free without needing to backup your personal files - I have 2 backup jobs - one for the OS and one for the OS plus personal files.

    I would use the external drive for backups. I have 1T and 2T basic Seagate Expansion drives which have been fine. Be sure to buy a USB 3.0 drive like these.
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       09 Nov 2017 #7

    Jesse Williams said: View Post
    Also, what are the best brands?
    There are currently only 2 brands in the world: WD and Seagate, the rest are just re-branded.
    Both are the same quality, so it does not really matter which one, choose based on the specs/price.
    For a backup, green disks (~5400rpm) should suffice, they are quiet, take less energy and might last longer.
    Definitely choose 2.5" version, then you do not need an external power adapter, you will just plug it into USB.
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  8. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       09 Nov 2017 #8

    Most of my photos are backed up to OneDrive. But Iíve been told that photographers always get an External Hard Drive to back up their photos to if their computers ever crashes. But yes I am covered as far as them backed up to OneDrive.
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  9.    09 Nov 2017 #9

    Backups are key. You want data in at least two places. One of those places should be offsite (not with the originals). The cloud is great with respect to that offsite part.
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  10. Jesse Williams's Avatar
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       09 Nov 2017 #10

    I will probably go with Seagate and a 1TB drive since it's the cheapest.
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