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 Post subject: Recommended 3.5" backup drives?
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:30 pm 
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Scott,

Do you recommend any brand or model of 3.5" backup drives? My main drive is a 750GB Momentus XT, using 150GB of storage space, and I'm unsure how large the backup drive should be. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended 3.5" backup drives?
 Post Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:48 pm 
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You can see my recommendations for backup drives here. The important thing is to have at least two backup drives you use on a rotating basis.

In your case since you are using so little of your existing drive's capacity, I'd consider purchasing an SSD to use as your internal working drive and repurpose the Momentus XT for backup use (along with an external eSATA dock). Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended 3.5" backup drives?
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:02 pm 
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Scott,
I've looked at some enterprise class drives from WD,, Seagate and Hitachi and one thing they all have in common (at least at Newegg) is some very poor reviews regarding reliability. Some were DOA, some lasted a couple days, one only 5 minutes.
Are failing enterprise class HDD's becoming the norm or is this just a case of pissed off people tending to write reviews more often than happy people?


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 Post subject: Re: Recommended 3.5" backup drives?
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:42 pm 
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All drives can fail, which is why backup is so important. I think the expectations on enterprise class drives are so high that people are more dissapointed and vocal about any failures they do experience. I have no doubt that enterprise class drives fail less than standard drives, so based on those reviews just imagine how many standard drives are failing! <g> Scott.


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