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Looking for an external storage solution

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February 28, 2013 2:20:35 PM

Hey guys,

So recently Ive had a run of bad luck with an external HDD. I have a 2TB WD Essential (its got the WD20EARS Caviar Green inside it) and my friend tripped over the cord and it took a nice 2 foot drop onto a hard wood floor. It was, of course, in the middle of writing large amounts of data on the drive and naturally doesnt work anymore.

I tried multiple computers, multiple cords, and OSX, Windows, and Ubuntu and none would recognize the disk. I took the drive out, put it in an external enclosure, and it still wont read it. It isnt really making any terrible sounds, it starts to spin up and then stops after a few minutes.

I even tried putting it in the freezer for a few hours.

Nothing worked. So Im assuming this drive is boned (unless I want to spend hundreds/thousands of dollars on professional data recovery or someone here has a different miracle trick)

I am now seeking an alternative solution. I dont want to be caught with my pants down again. Money is a bit of a factor but I can maybe work with some give or take depending on overall cost/benefit.

I have a Macbook Pro, mid 2010, MC374LL/A model that I put a 320gb WD black drive into. It is running OSX Mountain Lion
I have a WD MyBook 500gb external HD that I use for time machine backup.
I have a boned 2tb external that I need to replace and find a way to make redundant.

Options I am looking into:

1- Getting 2 2tb external hard drives, and setting them up so that one is storage, the other is an exact clone of the storage drive and makes regular backups (unsure what software, if any would be needed to set this feature up)

2- Getting 2 2gb internal hard drives with external enclosures and doing the same thing. (reason I am considering this is cost/reliability. Are internal drives cheaper/more reliable because I can choose which one?)

3-buy a new internal hard drive that is larger (1tb) and get a 2tb external drive to use as time machine backup/extra space for things that dont need to be backed up. Then Id use my 500gb external as a test machine drive.

I am open to any and all suggestions! I know TH folks are good at this sort of thing so I look forward to hearing your advice!

a c 79 G Storage
February 28, 2013 3:19:19 PM

I've been using external hard drives (I currently have four of them all containing the same data) for years and nobody has ever tripped over the cables and pulled them of the desk.

You just have to keep the cables away from areas where people walk. All my cables are stashed safely at the back of the desk which itself is up against a wall. No chance of them being tripped over or pulled.
February 28, 2013 3:30:18 PM

Hey thanks for the reply,

I realize that but I work in an industrial setting and sometimes accidents happen :)  looking for a way that even when being careful that will protect against the odd or careless accident

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a c 812 G Storage
February 28, 2013 11:37:43 PM

A Nas would be fine but you would still need to back it up as it appears that it would primary stoarage and not backup.