The Death Of The External Hard Drive

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If you are looking for portability I'd get a solid state drive that you don't have to worry about banging around a little bit.

skip, Thursday, 8 July 2010 18:16 (seven years ago) Permalink


_▂▅▇█▓▒░◕‿‿◕░▒▓█▇▅▂_ (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 8 July 2010 18:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

How do I get an account at Google Storage?

rennavate, Thursday, 8 July 2010 18:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

google storage is for developers iirc

♥ ᶫᵧᵒₒᵛᵤᵉ ♥ (LOLK), Thursday, 8 July 2010 18:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

admrl best is to have an off-site backup, as people have said, in the cloud. try carbonite or jungledrive or something

like a ◴ ◷ ◶ (dyao), Thursday, 8 July 2010 18:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

cause like even if you live in the fortress of solitude one day lex luther may break in and steal all your super protected vibration & kryptonite proof hard drives. but if you have a backup in the ~cloud~ you'll still have your naked pictures of wonder woman

like a ◴ ◷ ◶ (dyao), Thursday, 8 July 2010 18:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

OK I will look into this "cloud" thanks

Salted gnocchimole (admrl), Thursday, 8 July 2010 19:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

There's nothing special about that LaCie drive, tho' at my IRL job people take that exact model all over, even to Antarctica, without a problem. Until there's a problem. All hard drives with moving parts will fail eventually, usually in the first few months or after four years. Big name manufacturers like LaCie or Western Digital are more reliable than no-name brands, but it doesn't feel that way when your own personal drive fails. That "rugged" model is nice in that it's got the firewire 800 for really good i/o (as with film editing), and it's tiny enough you can keep it well padded in whatever bag you carry it around in. Keep three copies of anything important, at least one of them far away from the others, geographically. A drive like that is good if you are freuqently away from a fast connection, and if you've got gigs and gigs of changes you need to back up.

bendy, Thursday, 8 July 2010 19:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

AHhh yeah I quickly found out Google Storage is for developers. Are there any cloud services for regular dudes like me yet?

rennavate, Thursday, 8 July 2010 19:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Naked pictures of Wonder Woman = Best marketing idea for cloud computing ever!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 8 July 2010 20:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

another option you might look into is to see if anybody out there sells external portable SSDs. no moving parts, but tiny storage spaces, I suppose a 30GB one will set you back around 100, but 30GB should be enough to store all your mission critical thesis stuff on (unless you're a scientist who has TBs and TBs of raw research data on)

like a ◴ ◷ ◶ (dyao), Thursday, 8 July 2010 21:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

All hard drives with moving parts will fail eventually, usually in the first few months or after four years.

Big name manufacturers like LaCie or Western Digital are more reliable than no-name brands

LaCie just makes enclosures, all their hard drives are sourced from OEMs. I think they're usually hitachis or fujitsus or whatever.

mh, Thursday, 8 July 2010 21:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

RIP. I'll speak of you fondly pics, music, docs

Dominique, Friday, 15 April 2011 16:46 (six years ago) Permalink

wow... no recovery options?

if u see l ron this weekend be sure & tell him THETAN THETAN THETAN (Edward III), Friday, 15 April 2011 16:47 (six years ago) Permalink

aw, my sympathies :(

Oh, Monseur le Fapp, you are really oiling us... (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 15 April 2011 16:49 (six years ago) Permalink

On the plus side, Dom, we live in a magical time. If you want to listen to anything you really don't need it in a little box. For 95% of recorded music its as quick as a google search with the word "mediafire" in it, so just start rebuilding as fast as you can listen.

Oh, Monseur le Fapp, you are really oiling us... (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 15 April 2011 16:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Man, I was hoping this thread title was a band name.

Four Shouters Shouting (Eazy), Friday, 15 April 2011 16:54 (six years ago) Permalink

not if it's music you created!


if u see l ron this weekend be sure & tell him THETAN THETAN THETAN (Edward III), Friday, 15 April 2011 17:02 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, it's likely gone for good. luckily (and kind of mysteriously), all of my own music/recording files were spared -- but I basically lost all my mp3s, and pictures I've taken since I moved to san fran :(

Dominique, Friday, 15 April 2011 17:07 (six years ago) Permalink

I've been thinking about RAR-ing that stuff up with a password and putting it on Amazon's cloud thing or something. Anyone else done this? My hard drives die constantly. I've lost tons of pics and original music over the years, which still breaks my heart to think about it.

rockapads, Friday, 15 April 2011 18:04 (six years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Disk drive shipments are set to plummet by nearly 28 per cent in Q4 – 48 million fewer units than a year ago – in the wake of the devastating flooding in Thailand, says beancounter iSuppli.

The ripple effect of the worst flooding in the country for more than half a century is also likely to be felt across many sectors of IT and other industries, the analyst warned.

"The drop [in hard disk] is the largest sequential decrease on a percentage basis since the fourth quarter of 2008 when shipments fell 21.2 percent during the worst point of the last electronics downturn," said iSuppli.

It estimates 30 per cent of hard disk production will be lost in Q4 as factories are inundated with water, and as a result prices will rise by 10 per cent – which seems a little conservative given the recent swing already seen in the UK.

As has been well documented, the world's largest HDD manufacturer WD has been hit hardest by the rising waters and its market share is forecast to dramatically fall by the end of this year, leaving it in third place, while Toshiba is expected to fall from fourth to fifth.

Disk drives underpin the digital age and shortages will be felt across swathes of the IT industry, while the flooding has also hit car makers.

"In the PC market, the HDD shortage is likely to have the greatest impact on notebook PCs. The specific HDD plants affected by the flooding make devices designed for mobile computers," said iSuppli.

So far Acer has confirmed price rises on the next batch of shipments and rival ASUS revealed yesterday it will run out of disk drives by the end of this month. Other PC vendors have noted the challenges in securing HDDs but have not commented further.

However, current PC stockpiles in the channel following leaner demand this year will shelter biz or retail customers from availability glitches until Q1 next year.

DRAM is likely to feel the strain of a slowing mobile PC market as "any reduction in PC sales due to supply constraints will further depress the already oversupplied DRAM market", said iSuppli.

Some camera makers – including Sony, Nikon and Canon – have been disrupted by the natural disaster in the Far East as have car makers, with Ford, Mazda, Hino, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota suspending production in Thailand.

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Tuesday, 1 November 2011 18:12 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

my ext hard drive whirrs and clicks and whirrs and clicks and whirrs and clicks and then stops, and my laptop won't recognise it. this is death, yes? is it gonna cost me absolute £££s to get the data off of it?

RejoicingShepherd (stevie), Thursday, 9 February 2012 08:30 (five years ago) Permalink

oh noooooooooooo

that happened to me two weeks ago (my entire music collection on it). took it to friend-of-friend who said he could do cheap data recovery and it looked really hopeful and then the next day he called to say he couldn't do it, i'd need to take it to a professional. we found a few data recovery places and about the best deal appeared to be "starting at £97, not more than £250". given that they seem to charge on the basis of quantity and obv a music collection is massive, that's the point at which i decided it would be "liberating" to start again. it has indeed been partially liberating but it is also the closest i have come to weeping in a decade

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Thursday, 9 February 2012 08:39 (five years ago) Permalink

yikes - that's definitely the nightmare, lex... i think i would weep too.

however, i have just discovered that it was my old, broken HD that i was using, and that my newer, still-functioning hd was in another moving box and appears to be doing okay. phew. should probably back that sucker up asap, though...

RejoicingShepherd (stevie), Thursday, 9 February 2012 08:44 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

OK, so what's the most reliable way to automatically back up your music as you go along? My external hard drive was broken by an energy surge after a power cut and I recovered 100% of it but it was frighteningly expensive. Does anyone here use double drives?

Get wolves (DL), Monday, 14 May 2012 11:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I have my music library on my internal drive as well as backed up to an external drive. Plus the contents are on various removable devices as well. Depending on how big your library is you'd be well served using Google Music or Amazon's cloud service.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 14 May 2012 14:02 (five years ago) Permalink

What if you're talking terabytes?

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 May 2012 14:26 (five years ago) Permalink

i have a dual-bay NAS set up as RAID 1 (translation = a networked external drive with TWO hard drives in it, which are exact copies, and which appear on your computer as one drive. if one drive fails, you already have an exact copy of it. howvwrr, if you get some kind of data corruption, that corruption is also copied...... so really i need to be backing those up to Time Machine or something)

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 14 May 2012 14:26 (five years ago) Permalink

ned, i'll send you an external drive, copy yer music on to it and i'll keep a back up here in the UK. kthx

Crackle Box, Monday, 14 May 2012 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

ned for truly huge needs you can get, say, a three or five-bay NAS and set it up as one of the other flavors of RAID. the whole enchilada will appear as one humongous networked drive. and then of course for safety's sake you get the exact same setup again, and back everything up to that on a daily or weekly basis

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Monday, 14 May 2012 14:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Mine keep dying, it's a drag. Seems to be the essential ones that do it too.
Think I've just lost load s of VU & Sun Ra
not what the thread's about but, wah.

Stevolende, Monday, 14 May 2012 16:05 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost -- sounds involved but worth it, of course. Pricing is obviously my key concern. (Keep in mind that I'm planning on a computer upgrade later in the year, so that has priority.)

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 May 2012 16:12 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This is intriguing.

Am trying to make my internal SSD as slim as possible. Current hurdle: iPhoto library.

the rofflestomper (dandydonweiner), Friday, 1 November 2013 18:52 (four years ago) Permalink


forbz (Matt P), Friday, 1 November 2013 20:55 (four years ago) Permalink

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