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Most reliable HD

Hi guys, i was wondering which is considered, or is near by, being the most realible HD in a long term. I would probably use that to backup data on it and then disconnect it to keep it safe.

What would u suggest?

Thanks =)
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  1. i will suggest u to backup data on USB stick or SSD
  2. I specify that i need to backup more than 10TB of data twice, because i can't afford to lose data at all, since i'm a photographer and i need to save it at least for 5-6 years!
  3. How are you going to backup 10tb of data on a single hdd?

    WD is the most reliable brand. They have been making hdd's for decades. The WD Black has the best warranty of any hdd.
  4. Of course not. I plan to back it up on 10 (2tb each) or even 20 (1tb each) hard drives. I decided that the best way to back it up is to backup the data on each drive until it's full, then disconnect it and put it away until i need it. In this sense, which would be the one lasting the most without getting broken?
    And how often should i switch it on to keep it working?
  5. Wow, that is a lot of stuff you have to backup. I have to agree with geekapproved. Go with WD.

    @nikorr
    uploading 20TB of data for cloud will be really painful or impossible unless Flap has gigabit internet connection.
  6. Pyree said:
    Wow, that is a lot of stuff you have to backup. I have to agree with geekapproved. Go with WD.

    @nikorr
    uploading 20TB of data for cloud will be really painful or impossible unless Flap has gigabit internet connection.

    I know, but its available all the time and I think the hardware will not fail. I myself, a photographer, I have now 6TB of unprocessed photos so I have it with backed up on about 16 drives. I am feeling his pain.

    All WD drives, but I just got 2TB Seagate, because I could not wait and local Fry's had non, in Phoenix, AZ. So far good.
  7. I feel your pain as well, I worked with satellite imagery but not anymore (luckily that part of the research is finished for my project).

    The internet infrastructure is falling behind our needs. I have no idea when I can get gigabit internet connection. My current speed for upload is about 1Mbps so it will take me about 7 months of continuous upload to backup my main 2TB drive. I don't have the infrastructure, so even if I want to, I will have to wait a long time before I can use that service.
  8. Pyree said:
    I feel your pain as well, I worked with satellite imagery but not anymore (luckily that part of the research is finished for my project).

    The internet infrastructure is falling behind our needs. I have no idea when I can get gigabit internet connection. My current speed for upload is about 1Mbps so it will take me about 7 months of continuous upload to backup my main 2TB drive. I don't have the infrastructure, so even if I want to, I will have to wait a long time before I can use that service.



    Well, I have an easy back up. No OS in that one, I redo an image if I don't like something.

    BTW, the only drive that died on me was Maxtor about 10yrs ago, and 1 Western digital Raptor 74GB after 4 years of series obuse(got bad sectors beyond repair.), so I RMA'd it and the one they sent me was DOA.

    Knock, knock on the wood WD is really good to me. I have also WD TV Live Hub Media Player w/ 1TB of Internal Storage.

    WD is working with my pains. I used maybe 30-35 WD's. All internals. I also sell them when size able upgrade on market happens.

    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1456/1/
  9. So WD is the choice. Many people recommend Seagate as well. No doubt these two are the brands to go with :)

    Therefore i need a HD from these brands that has a very good reliability. Most of the times the HD with excellent realibility have very long warranties (heard of a Seagate hard drive with 5 years warranty!!!)

    On this way, i'm planning to buy a stock of HDs in such way. Which exact HD should i go with, in your view?

    Thanks btw :D
  10. Are u going just plain HDD and unplug them? Internal? External?

    I do just internal 2x everything. Make sure u have late Motherboard that supports 3TB.

    I use 2TB for back up. 3TB still has some issues. Price per GB is much better than 3TB, and no issues.

    I would go with SATA III / 6.0Gb 3 year warranty.

    In 3 years u can buy 6,7,8TB maybe even more than 10TB drives.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136891

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007603%20600003269%20600003300&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=14%7C22-136-514%5E22-136-514-TS%2C22-148-681%5E22-148-681-TS%2C22-136-891%5E22-136-891-TS

    That's me, I am sure there are more ideas.

    BTW, the Seagate drive $79.99 is only 2yrs warr.
  11. I will use as mobo Asrock Extreme4 Gen 3 z68 (new build coming soon).

    IMHO i prefer Sata II/ 3.0gb HD mechanical drives cause they don't even full the bandwith with the sata II; in addiction they are cheaper and probably more reliable because of the age of the sata II interface.

    I know about the 3 tb drives, but i sincerely don't want to mess with GTP partitions (as i remember) so i would go with 2Tb drives!

    Any help in this case? Thanks, we're very close to solution!
  12. If you are really serious about reliability, go with the WD Enterprise drives:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136579

    Otherwise, for backups:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007603%2050001306%20600003269%20600083978&IsNodeId=1&name=3TB

    OTOH, these are new enough that there is no historical data on their reliability.
  13. Best answer
    WD 3TB's are not that bad with compatible hardware, but some other I have seen ... had problems. Not quite worked out yet.

    If u just unplug them after back up, cheapest are just fine.

    Make sure u scan the drives for errors before u put back up on it!
  14. jsc said:
    If you are really serious about reliability, go with the WD Enterprise drives:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136579

    Otherwise, for backups:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007603%2050001306%20600003269%20600083978&IsNodeId=1&name=3TB

    OTOH, these are new enough that there is no historical data on their reliability.


    About the Enterprise series, u gave a me a great suggestion, and i thank you for it....I will explain my thoughts about it in order that other people will understand my choice: since I'm looking for an HD without special features (high speed, high Cache...etc.) except for reliability, they are out of my willings: this type of disks are optimized for RAIDs and intense use, stuff i don't need. Because of these features that Enterprise HDs have, their price is very high. Out of budget to me :)

    Anonymous said:
    WD 3TB's are not that bad with compatible hardware, but some other I have seen ... had problems. Not quite worked out yet.

    If u just unplug them after back up, cheapest are just fine.

    Make sure u scan the drives for errors before u put back up on it!


    After all this questions, u helped me with my doubts. I decided to go with 2tb HD (still have to decide which one) with 3 years warranty at least. U defenetely deserve best answer!
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  16. It sound like you need your own SAN or a backup solutions. Would you consider it?

    HP's
    http://www.hp.com/sbso/busproducts_storage.html

    Dell's
    http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/storage-products

    IBM's
    http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/?lnk=mhpr

    your choice - 10HDDs or go for a complete backup solutions.

    i think offline Tape cartridges for long term backup archiving.
    SAN backup or Tape backups. You should give them a call.
    SAN if you want an extra space available online storage all the time.
    or go for Tape solutions, retrieve the data that you just need.

    sorry, i know it's the expensive route. just give them a call then ask yourself if it's worth it. 10tb sounds too big and too risky to store on a harddisk.
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