Need to buy a new HDD for Photo backups

I want to buy a 2tb-3tb HDD to store my photo backups on. (1tb would be enough but they cost quite a lot more per/tb)

I already have my photo library on a external HDD but want to backup my photos on a Internal HDD somewhere.

What one would be a good choice? I want reliable over cheapest.

I have already read to avoid Seagate.

Also is there a way to turn the HDD off when I am not using it (on startup?) to make it last even longer?

EDIT: Would buying 2x1tb (or 2x2tb) HDDs and running them in RAID 1 be a better choice?

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Would you not be better off using a cloud service, for example Google Photos? Far more safer, and they have unlimited storage for free, which can be easily accessed via mobile/laptop/TV/Tablet.

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Thanks, I have too many photos/videos that i need to backup and a lot of them are RAW files so I would like to have them stored on internal drives. I do use Google Photos but not for bulk backups

You can not stop an internal HD from powering up without disconnecting the power cable to it. Maybe you need a front HD cradle in one of the optical drive slots and slot the HD in when you want to use it.

Well the drives do power down when idling for a period of time. I subscribe to the school of thought that constant power-ups from cold actually wear components than leaving them on.

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popolou

Well the drives do power down when idling for a period of time. I … Well the drives do power down when idling for a period of time. I subscribe to the school of thought that constant power-ups from cold actually wear components than leaving them on.


Ah, maybe I will just leave it on then...

I think I am going to go for a Toshiba p300 2tb
Edited by: "stovy" 5th Sep 2016

stovy

Thanks, I have too many photos/videos that i need to backup and a lot of … Thanks, I have too many photos/videos that i need to backup and a lot of them are RAW files so I would like to have them stored on internal drives. I do use Google Photos but not for bulk backups



Is this a secondary backup? I certainly wouldn't keep your only backup in the same case as the data being backed up. There's a whole load of things that could take out both at the same time. Theft, fire, power surge etc.

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EndlessWaves

Is this a secondary backup? I certainly wouldn't keep your only backup in … Is this a secondary backup? I certainly wouldn't keep your only backup in the same case as the data being backed up. There's a whole load of things that could take out both at the same time. Theft, fire, power surge etc.



I have 1 backup on my external hdd, and 1 backup on my n40l NAS drive. I want to have a backup on my main desktrop PC, (atm it only has a 250gb SSD in it)

Do you know if there is any software that can sync all 3 backups?
I know myself and I know that I will end up backing future photos to only 1 backup and having a mess of different backups. What I want is to backup to my main PC and it automaticaly backup (background process maybe) to my external hdd (which is usualy plugged in) and to my NAS.


BTW I have decided what to get. I am getting a Toshiba e300 3tb drive to replace the 1tb WD Green I have in my NAS and use the 1tb WD Green from my NAS for my Desktop PC. Only thing worrying me is it is quite old (5-7 years) but I will have the backup in other places.

EDIT: maybe I should get a e300 for the NAS but still get a brand new hdd for my Desktop like a p300. Better to be safe.



Edited by: "stovy" 5th Sep 2016

stovy

I have 1 backup on my external hdd, and 1 backup on my n40l NAS drive. I … I have 1 backup on my external hdd, and 1 backup on my n40l NAS drive. I want to have a backup on my main desktrop PC, (atm it only has a 250gb SSD in it)Do you know if there is any software that can sync all 3 backups?I know myself and I know that I will end up backing future photos to only 1 backup and having a mess of different backups. What I want is to backup to my main PC and it automaticaly backup (background process maybe) to my external hdd (which is usualy plugged in) and to my NAS.



Most backup software should be able to back up to two locations, what are you using currently?

Three copies of data in the same building is sufficient. If you want to set up a fourth then I'd either be looking at something that can speed up your recovery from a fault (RAID, system imaging etc.) or off-site backups.

Don't worry about the drives. If drive reliability is impacting your data then you're doing it wrong, it's influence is in how much you need to spend to replace dead drives. On a home setup with just a handful of drives you're more likely to replace them for being too small than because they die.

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EndlessWaves

Most backup software should be able to back up to two locations, what are … Most backup software should be able to back up to two locations, what are you using currently?Three copies of data in the same building is sufficient. If you want to set up a fourth then I'd either be looking at something that can speed up your recovery from a fault (RAID, system imaging etc.) or off-site backups.Don't worry about the drives. If drive reliability is impacting your data then you're doing it wrong, it's influence is in how much you need to spend to replace dead drives. On a home setup with just a handful of drives you're more likely to replace them for being too small than because they die.


I just drag and drop from the SD card to a folder on my computer, is it better to use a backup software?
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