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Old 14-08-2018, 02:26 PM   #11
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RAID is not backup solution - remember that mantra. It is for redundancy only.

I have a 2 bay NAS - it only for photos, docs, vids and music. I don't use RAID to give me more space. I backup important things between the NAS drives. Then stuff I am bothered about is backed up externally to another room in the house. Critical stuff is then off-site.

Work out a back up philosophy, plan it and get organised. Just think of the worst case scenario. Say if your hose were to burn down, what would you lose if so.
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Old 14-08-2018, 02:35 PM   #12
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RAID is not backup solution - remember that mantra. It is for redundancy only.

I have a 2 bay NAS - it only for photos, docs, vids and music. I don't use RAID to give me more space. I backup important things between the NAS drives. Then stuff I am bothered about is backed up externally to another room in the house. Critical stuff is then off-site.

Work out a back up philosophy, plan it and get organised. Just think of the worst case scenario. Say if your hose were to burn down, what would you lose if so.
Exactly!

Remember if the RAID itself fails, it may make all its drives unreadable.
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Old 15-08-2018, 12:58 PM   #13
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http://www.argos.co.uk/product/82878...referrer=COJUN

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Old 15-08-2018, 06:58 PM   #14
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I tend to be a belt and braces guy so always have 3 versions of important docs - PC internal drive, external USB 3 HDD and I also use M$ OneDrive to back-up important folders.

Back to your original question, I have a WD Passport Drive, 2TB. It's quite fast and been very reliable for the last 18 months or so. I got mine from Amazon for about £95. I tend to back-up to it every two weeks and use OneDrive as my real-time backup drive.
I wouldn't use OneDrive as the critical backup, as it isn't actually a backup service, if you delete or change files it will sync that, it will show history of the file but it's not multiple versions or if you get a hijacker virus it will encrypt the OneDrive folder too and possibly sync and overwrite the cloud stored files although Microsoft do have protection on the server side but no guarantee,

also don't leave USB drives connected hijackers will encrypt those too,

WD drives do tend to be the most reliable mechanical drive,
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I've been involved building PCs for years in Jobs and my own business. The only brand I would trust and use is Western Digital. Given everybody I know the least trouble over the years.

This looks a great deal, I use these guys a lot too.

https://www.ebuyer.com/790021-wd-ele...6y0030bbk-wesn
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Brilliant thanks for all the help chaps.

Starbuck, I have gone with that 3TB one. Good price thanks!

Next question (I'm a n00b)

Do I need to 'format' the HDD when it arrives prior to putting any of my photos on? Or is it OK to use right away?

(I'm on Windows 10)

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Brilliant thanks for all the help chaps.

Starbuck, I have gone with that 3TB one. Good price thanks!

Next question (I'm a n00b)

Do I need to 'format' the HDD when it arrives prior to putting any of my photos on? Or is it OK to use right away?

(I'm on Windows 10)

Thanks again!
It'll come pre-formatted to NTFS file system, plug it in and use it straight away
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I wouldn't use OneDrive as the critical backup, as it isn't actually a backup service, if you delete or change files it will sync that, it will show history of the file but it's not multiple versions or if you get a hijacker virus it will encrypt the OneDrive folder too and possibly sync and overwrite the cloud stored files although Microsoft do have protection on the server side but no guarantee,
Thank for the information and this is why I carry out a full back-up to my WE HDD every couple of weeks. I don't tend to have that many changing documents so that works well for me. If I have scanned in some important documents or uploaded lots of photos, I carry out a full replication to my portable drive at that point.

I also have an up to date clone of my system drive so if I do get a virus I can restore immediately to a clean operating system. If the virus has affected my data drive, I simply restore from my portable drive. To date, I haven't had to do that. Thankfully
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Thank for the information and this is why I carry out a full back-up to my WE HDD every couple of weeks. I don't tend to have that many changing documents so that works well for me. If I have scanned in some important documents or uploaded lots of photos, I carry out a full replication to my portable drive at that point.

I also have an up to date clone of my system drive so if I do get a virus I can restore immediately to a clean operating system. If the virus has affected my data drive, I simply restore from my portable drive. To date, I haven't had to do that. Thankfully
I wish all the companies we deal with would take it as seriously,

if you don't already test your images they don't always work,

for anyone with windows 10 the included backup works quite well and is incremental,
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