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Best hard drive to place in external esata case for digital photo back

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May 3, 2011 3:50:18 PM

Hello everyone,

first post here. I saw a couple posts regarding hard drives in enclosures but didn't find an exact answer. I am starting a wedding photography business and am seeking the best solution for backing up my digital photos.

I am leaning toward a 2TB drive inside one of these Rosewill Fan Cooled cases: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already own one of these cases and have a 2TB WD Black Caviar in it and it seems to work well. The drive stays cool and the backups have been working well on my other computer at my day job.

My question is this: Is there a drive cheaper than the Black Caviar or better than the Black that you all recommend for the purposes of using Acronis True Image to basically mirror my internal storage drive as a duplicate copy of my photos?
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May 3, 2011 3:56:41 PM

If it's simply a storage drive and you like WD, I'd go with a WD blue drive or a WD green drive for energy savings.
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May 10, 2011 12:06:30 PM

Thanks for the tip. Are the green drives reliable enough to stake parts of your livelihood on them? I see that the blue is not offered in my desired capacity.
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a c 383 G Storage
May 10, 2011 1:14:32 PM

dhy4b said:
Thanks for the tip. Are the green drives reliable enough to stake parts of your livelihood on them? I see that the blue is not offered in my desired capacity.


I won't put anything up for stake when it comes to hard drives. They are mechanical devices and as such are prone to wear and tear over time. Eventually ALL drives will fail. It's just a matter of when. If your data is that important, you need a good backup strategy. You could use a docking station so that drives are easily swapped in and out. Make multiple backups - you can keep one live and another you can put in a fire safe,take offsite, or something.

I have this dock and it works well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 10, 2011 3:36:01 PM

IMHO a fan in an external case is just something else to go wrong. I've been using WD "Green" drives in external cases because they generate a lot less heat. I rather like the VanTec extruded aluminum enclosures because they seem to do a good job of conducting heat without the need for a fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD's "Green" drives seem to be reasonably reliable according to this report, but the important thing to remember is that ANY hard drive can fail at ANY time. The best strategy is to use multiple cycles of backups (alternate backups between two or more different enclosures, for example) so that a failure of any one drive isn't a catastrophe. This is especially important if you're depending on your data for a business.
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