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Unread 12-16-2015, 05:10 AM   #1
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Best external hard drive

I have had the same external harddrive for a couple of years. I've started noticing that some videos have some errors. I have all my family videos and images there. Considering getting another one (also bigger, because it is almost full). Any suggestions?

It has to be able to last very long, in the Scandinavian weather (very hot summer, very cold winter).

If it is like the other one, it will just lay on my desk, not much transporting.

I have a USB 3.0 port.

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Unread 12-16-2015, 08:34 AM   #2
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All three of the external HDs I have owned have been Seagate.
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Unread 12-16-2015, 08:37 AM   #3
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How long do they last? Have you had any problems with the data?
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Unread 12-16-2015, 08:44 AM   #4
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Backblaze is a cloud backup company that regularly posts stats on the drives in their data centers:

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-...ility-q3-2015/

But... if you really care about backup, you should probably be using cloud backup. I suggest SpiderOak. Or you know... Backblaze... or Amazon Cloud Drive... or OneDrive... or Dropbox even. (Or if you don't mind dealing with very low-level stuff and are really concerned about security: Tarsnap.)

These companies are going to be much more likely to retain your data than you are. Bad drives, fires, theft... the list of things that can touch your personal drive goes on and on and on. Having your only backup on a physical drive in the same building as your computer is not much of a backup honestly.
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I have like 5TB of family photos and videos... Wouldn't it get very expensive?
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Unread 12-16-2015, 09:22 AM   #6
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I have like 5TB of family photos and videos... Wouldn't it get very expensive?
Yeah, that's a lot of stuff.

Amazon Cloud Drive claims unlimited (a lot of others claim unlimited too) for $60/year. Of course, unlimited rarely actually means that, but... you could at least give it a try. 5TB on SpiderOak looks like $280/year.

Others are definitely expensive for 5TB... Google Drive is $100/month, so yeah, quite expensive.
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I have been fond of the Western Digital stuff. Of course, I have a small 500GB one that runs my iTunes library all the time.

The other is used as an actual back-up and as Bob has pointed out, I'm not much in the way of remembering to back it up.
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How long do they last? Have you had any problems with the data?
I'm still using two of them. One of them died after about three years but I moved that thing constantly. I carried it with me everywhere I went.

No problems that I can recall.
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I prefer Seagate stuff. I haven't had a great experience with Western Digital, but that's just one of those experiences and preferences that differs from person to person (e.g. I have never had a problem with Corsair stuff and my best friend has seen tonnes of their products fail).

Most external drives you get these days will be USB 3.0, so that's not an issue. I would strongly suggest you get something branded, probably sticking pretty close to those two, and maybe do a bit of research on the case they use too. I've seen a lot of cases die but the HDD has usually been okay meaning it wasn't a huge deal to recase it.
However, there are some brands that will solder the USB controller directly onto the circuit board, making it almost impossible to recover data off it if something goes wrong. I think I saw a lower end Western Digital one like this too.

Ultimately if you can get two and store a backup off-site that would be best (especially if you can't afford to upload it).
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If you want an external drive that's going to be high-quality and long-lasting, I'd look into a FantomHD. If you want cloud, your college email MAY get you unlimited Google Drive storage.
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