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Most reliable hard drive/brand?

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Looking for a portable hard drive at least 1TB to store mainly large photo collections. The main thing is reliability rather than being "good value". As the photos are memories which are priceless. Su… Read More
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8m, 3w agoPosted 8 months, 3 weeks ago
Looking for a portable hard drive at least 1TB to store mainly large photo collections. The main thing is reliability rather than being "good value". As the photos are memories which are priceless. Suggestions?
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8m, 3w agoPosted 8 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Have you considered google photos? Effectively no loss in quality and unlimited storage with a bonus of them being easy to share.
#2
LetoKynes
Have you considered google photos? Effectively no loss in quality and unlimited storage with a bonus of them being easy to share.

Will look into that, thanks. The person I'm buying it for is elderly so I preferred simple physical storage rather than on the cloud as they may find Google Photos confusing.
#3
WD (Western Digital) often gets recommended on here as reliable & steer away from Seagate (NOT as reliable but can be cheaper!). That's all I know but hope someone more knowledgeable can add to this!
#4
I have had nearly all brands from 120 GB to 500gb and nearly all failed on me with time.
I would recommend burning CDs as backup as well. out of 6 different I have had owned including Toshiba , Seagate and WD the only one still working is around 4 years old and is verbatim with USB 3 connector
#5
iibdii
I have had nearly all brands from 120 GB to 500gb and nearly all failed on me with time.
I would recommend burning CDs as backup as well. out of 6 different I have had owned including Toshiba , Seagate and WD the only one still working is around 4 years old and is verbatim with USB 3 connector

Thank you both of above. The burning discs may actually be a good idea as we could send them in the post to share with relatives in other countries. Has anyone tried Buffalo? "Which?" recommends them as most reliable, but I've never heard of them.

Would a portable SSD drive be more reliable than HDD?


Edited By: misa426 on Sep 27, 2016 19:27
#6
for ease of access a WD internal hard drive but nothing is totally secure. everything will fail eventually.. So use an internal AND an external drive or possibly use the cloud too such as Dropbox which can be done automatically so no confusion for the elderly. Putting on DVD or CD is rather messing about.
#7
jonnithomas
for ease of access a WD internal hard drive but nothing is totally secure. everything will fail eventually.. So use an internal AND an external drive or possibly use the cloud too such as Dropbox which can be done automatically so no confusion for the elderly. Putting on DVD or CD is rather messing about.

We have a laptop, so there's just one internal drive that we use for operating system, all programs and files as well. Another internal drive isn't an option and the point of external being it's safe even if the laptop and internal one fails. Portable is important as we don't want to have to connect separate power every tine for the drive.

I think my main issue with cloud storage even with good ease of use would be the time to upload large collections. Even with my upload speed of 4megabits/s it would take a long time. Whereas a portable hard drive is way faster to transfer.

If we did go the route of cloud storage, I suppose the question I should ask is, which ISP provides the fastest upload speed? I'd ideally like at least 50mb+ upload speed but it seems like none of the providers that I'm aware of offer that?

Edited By: misa426 on Sep 27, 2016 19:45: Info
#8
misa426
jonnithomas
for ease of access a WD internal hard drive but nothing is totally secure. everything will fail eventually.. So use an internal AND an external drive or possibly use the cloud too such as Dropbox which can be done automatically so no confusion for the elderly. Putting on DVD or CD is rather messing about.
I think my main issue with cloud storage even with good ease of use would be the time to upload large collections. Even with my upload speed of 4megabits/s it would take a long time. Whereas a portable hard drive is way faster to transfer.
If we did go the route of cloud storage, I suppose the question I should ask is, which ISP provides the fastest upload speed? I'd ideally like at least 50mb+ upload speed but it seems like none of the providers that I'm aware of offer that?

yes it takes time to load in the first place. once it is loaded it is secured by them at their end and also held at your end on hard drive in the dropbox folder. once done only changes are uploaded. so unless this huge volume is continually changing it's only an issue once. so dropbox folder on internal drive and archive that to external drive on say a monthly basis. dropbox is automatic and happens in background.

the alternative of just having an external drive works but doesn't protect from fire or theft etc etc.
#9
jonnithomas
misa426
jonnithomas
for ease of access a WD internal hard drive but nothing is totally secure. everything will fail eventually.. So use an internal AND an external drive or possibly use the cloud too such as Dropbox which can be done automatically so no confusion for the elderly. Putting on DVD or CD is rather messing about.
I think my main issue with cloud storage even with good ease of use would be the time to upload large collections. Even with my upload speed of 4megabits/s it would take a long time. Whereas a portable hard drive is way faster to transfer.
If we did go the route of cloud storage, I suppose the question I should ask is, which ISP provides the fastest upload speed? I'd ideally like at least 50mb+ upload speed but it seems like none of the providers that I'm aware of offer that?
yes it takes time to load in the first place. once it is loaded it is secured by them at their end and also held at your end on hard drive in the dropbox folder. once done only changes are uploaded. so unless this huge volume is continually changing it's only an issue once. so dropbox folder on internal drive and archive that to external drive on say a monthly basis. dropbox is automatic and happens in background.

the alternative of just having an external drive works but doesn't protect from fire or theft etc etc.

misa426
jonnithomas
for ease of access a WD internal hard drive but nothing is totally secure. everything will fail eventually.. So use an internal AND an external drive or possibly use the cloud too such as Dropbox which can be done automatically so no confusion for the elderly. Putting on DVD or CD is rather messing about.
I think my main issue with cloud storage even with good ease of use would be the time to upload large collections. Even with my upload speed of 4megabits/s it would take a long time. Whereas a portable hard drive is way faster to transfer.

If we did go the route of cloud storage, I suppose the question I should ask is, which ISP provides the fastest upload speed? I'd ideally like at least 50mb+ upload speed but it seems like none of the providers that I'm aware of offer that?


as for speed it depends where you are and what hardware/router you have as well as isp.
#10
If you have a cd bay in the laptop you could install a second large up to 2tb in a caddy in that bay. Then setup auto backup to that drive. I'd also go for an external too. You should have 3 copies of stuff you care about
#11
Hard drives do fail suddenly and at all ages whichever brand you buy, that's just their nature. The only way to achieve any sort of long term reliability is to have two copies of the data.
#12
nipstyler
If you have a cd bay in the laptop you could install a second large up to 2tb in a caddy in that bay. Then setup auto backup to that drive. I'd also go for an external too. You should have 3 copies of stuff you care about

I don't think the OP said it was a laptop. also 2TB may not be the limitation if it is a laptop as it depends upon the manufacturer of the laptop. the idea was for security so that external drive is really the option to hopefully avoid drink spillage or theft.
#13
Seagate, WD and Toshiba are all reliable its more personal preference than anything.
#14
The definitive list of failure rates: Fact based https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-stats-q1-2016/ They post every year and they use A lot... of hard drives.
#15
hgst.
#16
Millionvoltage
The definitive list of failure rates: Fact based

Only definitive if you're running them in a 24/7 data centre though, which is quite different conditions to a portable storage drive.

A lot of storage drive failures seem to be down to the USB controller failing, which isn't an issue at all for bare drives.

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