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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2007, 09:17 PM
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Is it safe to store information on an external hard drive and nowhere else? Or is it best to have the information in two locations (i.e. on a PC as well)?

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What happens when the drive breaks, gets dropped, lost or stolen? Gone, gone, bye bye data. It's always smart to have a backup.
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If it's really important, have atleast one backup. Flash media is a decent idea for important stuff, store it in a cool safe in a static bag.
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Is it safe to store information on an external hard drive and nowhere else? Or is it best to have the information in two locations (i.e. on a PC as well)?

It depends on how important the data is it to you. Having an external drive but using it as the only place to store your files is not a backup. Drives fail ( mainly due to heat ), and when that happens you wont have a second place to retrieve them. I would put a copy on your computer, and then backup to an external disk nightly.

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It depends on how important the data is it to you. Having an external drive but using it as the only place to store your files is not a backup. Drives fail ( mainly due to heat ), and when that happens you wont have a second place to retrieve them. I would put a copy on your computer, and then backup to an external disk nightly.

That's what I'm doing now but my PC is getting full. When I do photography I save a folder with subfolders of Originals, Edits, Slide Shows, and ZIP for e-mails. It's just a lot of crud.
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If you're just wanting additional storage space, you'd be better off getting an internal hard drive, cheaper and stationary so it will be less prone to damage, being lost, stolen etc...

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always store it in 2 places if its that important if not just put it on the external but externals around here at work suck because they get dropped or banged around so the life is less then normal
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I would get a SATA external drive and use it for storage. I use a 350 gig for my pictures, video and audio with no problems but I do make a second copy on a regular basis.

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I have two external drives.

One is a 500GB Lacie with Firewire 800. I use this one for storing movies and virtual machine disks. Firewire 800 has a consistant speed of 800Mbps.

The second drive is USB2.0 and is used for backups.

An option I haven't tried yet is the External SATA drive. I'm not just talking about a USB2.0 external drive that uses a SATA disk. I'm talking about an actual SATA connector on your system for connecting an external SATA drive enclosure.

SATA has 3Gbps of bandwidth (yes, that is GIGABITS) It is so hella fast that USB2.0 looks like a floppy drive in comparison. I plan to go this route when I get deeper into video editing on my Mac.

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