All HDs fail. People swear by or against different HD manufacturers. Last year I did
an extensive survey of opinions for various suppliers and 750GB and 1TB drives, and
found conflicting opinions coloured by whether you're lucky or not with a given drive.
You may just have bought the Friday-afternoon lemon. There are brands that have a
good reputation that still have problems, e.g. Seagate with bad firmware. I think go
with one of the names, especially if there's some long-term warranty. I went for the
full kit SATA 1TB, not OEM, as that has 5-years' warranty from Seagate, once I knew
the firmware had been fixed. Several others were possible. Note some models are
designed for video recorders, the green ones, rather than computers, trading speed
against power consumption.
Now that downloads are prevalent, people must take backups more seriously. Storage
is relatively cheap now so there's little excuse there. It's the time lost as well as the cost
of buying music again. Photographs may not be recoverable. I'm staggered how blase
people are with their data. After losing some files while on holiday our bridge director
(a school teacher) said "I had a copy in a different folder.
" as if that was sufficient.
The concept of saving these files to an independent medium such as CD seemed quite
alien. Some people can only learn the hard way. I use rdiff-backup on Linux, but it is
available on Windows too, allowing you recover files at a given date, effectively storing
the increments. I have a RAID-1 mirrored internal system using the 1Tb drives, backed-up
to a Drobo http://www.drobo.com/
robot currently with about 2TB of storage. If
one drive fails, I've not lost my files. I have one spare drive should any of the existing
fail, and a spare slot too. The only disadvantage is that the Drobo is connected via USB,
and needs manual dismounting/mounting before/after a reboot. I also have earlier
backups on a older external drive in a different place
giving further redundancy of
How can you use systems that mess around with your file structure or impose directory
naming? This is one reason why I refuse to use Windows. These preset directories have
crept into Linux, trying to make the transition easier for Windowers. At least you can
delete these and organise your files in the way you think (although I'd like to remove the
Desktop icon from various places).