Solved When is it time to back up your back up hard drive?

February 8, 2017 at 08:18:30
Specs: Windows 10
With hard drives not lasting forever, when is it a good time to back up my external Mybook 4tb hard drive?

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February 9, 2017 at 04:07:17
You should always keep at least two backups of any data that you don't want to lose, then continue to keep two backups of any new data as you go along.

Asking "when is a good time" is rather missing the point because you should always have backups.

Why? Because all drives can suddenly stop working, even new ones. External hard drives are particularly prone to sudden failure.

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February 8, 2017 at 08:37:18
When is it time to back up your back up hard drive? When you put data on it you don't want to loose.

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February 8, 2017 at 10:54:59
11 o'clock at night. Every night.

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February 8, 2017 at 11:21:18
Certainly while the HD is working; rather than waiting for it to show signs of distress etc...

Anything really important (e.g family photos etc...) make DVD copies as well as duplicate to another hard drive. Even make two sets of suchDV Ds; label, keep safe and check/update them at intervals.

The "back up" HD is best kept off-line, best kept powered down etc... except when required to "on/available"...

Incidentally the term backup is often used to mean/refer to a copy or duplicate; whereas the original and real definition (of backup) is actually somewhat different. A true backup is not a simple file/folder by folder/file copy; but rather in code and this "true"backup requires the same or a compatible OS to read it. The more common duplication or copy path means the contents (which are actual files/folders) on the storage media used can be accessed/read by almost any operating system...


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#4
February 8, 2017 at 12:11:03
Well, if the data on the external is the ONLY copy of that data then you should have been keeping at least 2 copies right along. Don't you keep the original files on the internal hard drive?

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February 9, 2017 at 04:07:17
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You should always keep at least two backups of any data that you don't want to lose, then continue to keep two backups of any new data as you go along.

Asking "when is a good time" is rather missing the point because you should always have backups.

Why? Because all drives can suddenly stop working, even new ones. External hard drives are particularly prone to sudden failure.

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February 9, 2017 at 13:33:37
Thanks for the comment. Def going to get a couple more externals. As for the question. If you read on it explains I am talking about making a copy of my current external hard drive.

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February 9, 2017 at 13:36:03
As I have about 3.5 tb of movies and 1tb of music.

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February 9, 2017 at 13:41:00
mmm Sometimes things can be slightly misread or even missed completely...

Often what one person writes is not what another sees or reads...

But overall - re' another hard drive (at least) - wise move grasshopper... One can never have too many safe storage solutions...


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