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Lady Fitzgerald

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  1. Propaganda my Aunt Fanny. People are also more likely to die of old age than to die in an auto accident yet most people still carry auto insurance. The fact is, house fires do happen, an average of 354,400 per year. Yes, the likelyhood of any one person losing a house to fire is low but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen (which explains why most people, even those who do not owe on the house, carry insurance). And let's not forget theft (again, it does happen), power surges frying equipment (again, it does happen), user error (if you claim that doesn't happen to you, you are probably lying), damage from storms (my neighbor across the street had her roof cave in after a storm; my parents lost part of their roof to a freak tornado here in AZ; I lost part of my carport awning to a microburst a few years ago), etc. Fire"proof" safes are usually rated at something like 300 F for 30 minutes. Most electronics, such as HDDs, SSDs, etc. will be toast well before then (the safe in the video was an exceptional one). However, these safes have another problem; they get high amounts of condensation from the fire proofing materials in the safe when closed up. Most need to be aired out for quite a while every couple of weeks. Also, unless bolted to a concrete slab, the safes can be stolen (and almost everyone gets burglarized sooner or later). If using a cloud backup service, DO NOT USE FREE OR CHEAP CLOUD STORAGE! Cloud backup services are NOT the same as cloud storage! A good cloud backup service will encrypt your data before it ever leaves your computer. Free and cheap cloud storage do not and are subject to hacking, snooping by the host (I'm looking at you, Google!), and suddenly disappearing with inadequate or no warning. If you want to gamble with your data, go ahead but do not denigrate people who prefer not to gamble. Not everyone values their data as little as you appear to.
  2. I have no doubt that is true but it doesn't change the fact that the MX500s are the lowest price SSDs that will give reliable performance.
  3. From this review: OUR VERDICT Crucial’s BX500 is a cheap option that will outperform any HDD as a boot drive, but it comes with drawbacks. The BX500's low endurance and application performance rank far behind most current-gen SSDs in the market. Pricing is competitive, but there are much better options available for just a few dollars more, including Crucial’s own MX500, making this drive hard to recommend. I cringe when I see posts asking for the cheapest of anything. People tend to forget that you generally get what you pay for. If you buy a crap drive, you will wind up having to replace it more often, costing you more in the long run, you will be unhappy with the performance, or both. The only budget SSD I will recommend is the Crucial MX500. Personally, I prefer the quality of the Samsung 860 Pros for 24/7 operation and the EVOs for backup drives and light usage computers, like my notebooks.
  4. The only thing I don't like about this system is it has to run all the time and stay connected to the networks. If a virus or other malware infects anything on either network, everything can become infected. There is also the expense of the Synology units.
  5. You are to be commended for realizing the need to back up your data. However, if your backup drive(s) is in the computer, it won't be a true backup due to certain vulnerabilities. If you put a backup of a drive on a partition on the same drive, if that drive goes the way of the dodo, you backup will also be gone. Even if you use a separate drive(s) in the computer for all your backups, if the computer gets stolen, knocked over, the house burns down, a power surge fries everything inside, a virus or other malware infects everything, you accidentally delete a file, etc., your backups will also be history. For data to be reasonably safe, it must exist in three, separate places. What you are proposing would have all your data, including "backups", in only one place. The easiest and least expensive way to have your data in three places is to have it on the computer, on an external, onsite backup drive, and on an external, offsite backup drive. For a backup drive to be a true backup drive, it must be kept disconnected from the computer, powered down, and stored out of sight of the computer except while updating the computer. For your situation, I would suggest using four backup drives, one onsite and one offsite for your games drive and one onsite and one offsite for your data. The onsite drives and the offsite drives should be swapped out as often as practical to keep both sets as up to date a s possible. For backup drives, I suggest using internal type HDDs with an external dock or an internal hot swap bay installed in a 5.25" bay. You will get better quality for less money and they will take up less room in storage. HDDs are still the most cost effective way to store data. You can backup up both HDDs and SSDs to an HDD. To backup your C:\ drive and the games drive, I suggest imaging using a program like Macrium Reflect Free. An image is basically a compressed snapshot of your computer which can be used to restore your drive to the state it was in when you took the image. Since you will be keeping multiple images of each drive, you will want to have a backup drive that's at least three times the total capacity of the two drives. Making an image is as easy as connecting the backup drive, clicking a few keys, giving the image a name that you will recognize, then sit back and let the computer do all the work (it's also a good idea to first run anti-virus and anti-malware scans to make sure you do not back up a virus or other nasty). It takes only a minute or two of your time and the computer does the rest of the work. System filesneed to be imaged only after you make a change to them, such as after updating the OS or a program or making changes to your settings, so you probably will not need to image them very often. While imaging is essential for backing up System files (OS, programs, games), it's too slow and cumbersome for backing up data. Instead, you should use a folder/file syncing program, such as FreeFileSync (FFS). When set to Mirror mode (not the same as RAID 1!), you will essentially end up with a copy of your data drive. Since only files that have been added, changed, or deleted snce the previous backup will be involved when updating the backup, updates can take very little time. Also, most folder/file syncing programs have a feature called Verioning that, when enabled, will send files deleted during an update to a user designated Versioning folder or drive. This will protect you from losing accidentally deleted files. Some one will probably suggest using a RAID in your computer or a NAS to backup your computer. First, RAID of any kind is NOT A BACKUP! RAID levels 1 and up are redundancy and will only protect against drive failure up to the fault tolerance of the RAID. As I mentioned earlier, drive failure is not the only thing that can cause data loss. A NAS, unless kept powered down and disconnected from the network except when updating a backup, is still the same place as the computer, not a separate place.
  6. Impressive! I would have liked to have see a liitle more leather and less brass, especally if the leather had been tooled. Still, he accomplished what he was looking for.
  7. You got that right. Every time I see a company move their customer service overseas, even to an English speaking country, it plummets in quality.
  8. Backblaze is currenty the best and most cost effective cloud backup service and is the only one I would recommend. Your data will be encrypted before it leaves your computer so it is safe (contrary to what Radium Angel believes). However, you should never put all your eggs in one basket. In addition to a cloud backup, you should also maintain a local backup as well.
  9. I'm constantly beinbg amazed, dismayed, and disgusted by the number of people in our society, who are so insensitive to people who are disadvantaged. People scream "feedom of speech" (or whatever) but fail to comprehend that people's rights should end when they infringe on the rights of others. Even worse is the common belief that handicapped people are fair game for mockery. Ward violated Gabriel's right when he attacked his handicaps and slandered him with outright lies. It doesn't matter if it was in a comedy show or not; Grabriel was still justifiably offended (keep in mind that all handicapped people were obliquely insulted by Ward's brutally insensitive and inaccurate comments). People, including many here in these forums, need to grow up and think of the feelings of others before they speak.
  10. I recommend Macrium Reflect Free for imaging and cloning. Btw, you do not need to reinstall your OS and programs. I've cloned several HDDs to SSDs and they booted up just fine.
  11. RAID is NOT a bavkup! All RAIDs 1 and up provide is redundancy. All redundancy does is allow your computer to keep chugging along if a drive (or more, depending on the RAID level) should fail. However, drive failure is not the only way to lose data. Viruses and other malware, driver error (such as accidental deletion), theft, fire, flood, accidental damage, power surges, etc. can all cause data loss. The only way to ensure data is reasonably safe is for it to exist in three, separate, locations. For most people, this would be on the computer, on an onsite external drive, and an offsite external drive. For a drive to be a true backup drive, it must be kept disconnected from the computer and powered down at all times except whle updating the backup. For cloning a drive, I recommend using Macrium Reflect Free.
  12. First, the op is talking about an SSD. Second, you never wipe (write to it multiple times) an SSD. Doing so unnecessarly shortens write life. Instead, you use secure erase. Most SSDs come with a utility that includes secure erase. In this case, the OP is going to reuse the drive so simply reformatting it is all he needs to do.
  13. I don't see why not. After all, the model railroads are models of the reall one.
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