|I do a lot of video editing work. My process of archiving my projects include putting all project files on two identical hard drives (internal HDDs using a dock). This way if one fails or there is a fire I have a second version that is safe in a separate location. Ideally I would have the money to invest in a DLT, however, although I backup large amounts of data, it's not cost effective to invest in a DLT.|
The problem I started experiencing is that my older hard drives are beginning to have problems spinning up (both sets in a pair and multiple pairs). These drives are a mix of seagate barracudas and WD green drives. The drives are about 4-5 years old and don't get accessed that frequently. I'm using a two bay startech dock.
To troubleshoot, I placed the hard drives in a single dock (cable matters brand) and the hard drives began to work again. The more recent hard drives still work in the two bay dock but as they age, they begin having problems using the two bay dock.
My theory is that these older hard drives are beginning to go bad and requiring additional power to spin up. The single dock unit is providing a better power source for the hard drive.
Does this happen with older drives? Should I be concerned that they are about to crash beyond saving? What would be an alternative archival method, other than DLT (I backup about 4TB every couple of months)