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December 4, 2008, 4:37 am
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I'm fed up with external HDs. My Mybook500 doesn't work any more, and Disk
Dr. says it's a hardware failure that will cost $2,250 to fix and restore
data. I tried out a Seagate 1.5 TB external HD and it also had problems, so
I returned it.
I'm considering buying an internal harddrive from Hitachi or IBM and putting
it in a generic enclosure. But my only PC is a DELL notebook. How do I
interface it to my notebook?
Re: Fed up with external HD
It's real simple.
#1, whatever enclosure you buy, buy one that has an
interface your notebook supports.
#2, Don't make an external enclosure your only backup. Get
two external enclosures if necessary and keep one offline,
because a single external enclosure is not reliable enough
for a backup.
#3, If you choose an external enclosure that has a fan, you
decrease the odds the first failure point will be the hard
Do you not have a desktop system? That would be the most
reliable way to manage data storage. Even better if it has
server-grade PSU and a good quality motherboard.
If all else fails, categorize your data based on importance
and back up the most important parts to a USB thumbdrive,
because unless you remove it without proper ejection/caching
flushed to it, that is more reliable than anything else.
Since you have a notebook and most these days have an SD
card reader, that is another good option.
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