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Recommendations for external storage for backups

I am looking for an external 2tb hard drive that uses usb 3.0 to replace an old 1TB WD hard drive because it uses usb 2.0 and I am worried about it failing. currently I am thinking about getting a 2tb Seagate Backup Plus Slim but I want to get advice on reliable external hard drives, which drives or backup solutions do you guys use?

 

I am also thinking about getting a synology nas, any advice?

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There all basically the same, Id get what is cheapest.

 

Get multiple if you need reliable, any drive can fail at any time.

 

If its just for one systems backup a nas is probably overkill, but not a bad solution for file storage.

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Just now, Electronics Wizardy said:

There all basically the same, Id get what is cheapest.

 

Get multiple if you need reliable, any drive can fail at any time.

 

If its just for one systems backup a nas is probably overkill, but not a bad solution for file storage.

Alright, I am probably going to get the drive.

I might get the nas later but the idea is to do backups and store other files and maybe run a few docker containers

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I've always had excellent luck with WD stuff.

Do you take it around with you, or does it sit on a desk?

The Porsche Design stuff is quite nice, and can be had quite cheap on eBay. I have one of those as well, and intend to get 2 to replace it when I do a system update later this year. Or perhaps some GDrives.

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2 minutes ago, dizmo said:

Do you take it around with you, or does it sit on a desk?

it sits on a desk

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1 minute ago, mtz_federico said:

it sits on a desk

Then I'd get something that's not meant to be portable. You'll get more power to the drive and the connections are usually a lot more solid.

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Just now, dizmo said:

Then I'd get something that's not meant to be portable. You'll get more power to the drive and the connections are usually a lot more solid.

like an internal hard drive and an enclosure or an external tower hard drive?

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16 hours ago, mtz_federico said:

like an internal hard drive and an enclosure or an external tower hard drive?

You can get external HDDs that use 3.5" drives and better connections. For example I have a Porsche Design P'9231.

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On 6/14/2020 at 9:25 PM, mtz_federico said:

I am looking for an external 2tb hard drive that uses usb 3.0 to replace an old 1TB WD hard drive because it uses usb 2.0 and I am worried about it failing. currently I am thinking about getting a 2tb Seagate Backup Plus Slim but I want to get advice on reliable external hard drives, which drives or backup solutions do you guys use?

 

I am also thinking about getting a synology nas, any advice?

I suggest you get a drive + cloud storage. Do not make it a single point of failure storing all data (backups) in one place. https://www.vmwareblog.org/3-2-1-backup-rule-data-will-always-survive/. E.g., Backblaze personal backup costs $6 per month https://www.backblaze.com/cloud-backup.html

 

For instance, to add redundancy you can get a cheap 2-bay HDD enclosure and make it RAID 1. https://www.amazon.com/usb-raid-enclosure/s?k=usb+raid+enclosure&page=3

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