Hard drive problem
Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:26 AM
Posted 12 December 2007 - 12:50 PM
This is my opinion only.
I really think external HD's are only good for short term data storage at best. CD's and DVD's are so cheap now that even short term data storage is possible in a home computer enviroment. 650 MB CD's for 10-20¢, and 4.3 gig DVD for 20-40¢ each. Hard drives can't touch that and the disks are permanent records if you take care of them. I have 100's of CD's stored simply because i usually backup the same data 2 or 3 times. This came from loaning a friend a CD, with some downloaded programs, a long time ago and he destroyed the CD somehow. The only real loss was my Cool Edit 96 program,and this was a couple of years after they no longer produced it, so i ended up buying the cool edit 2000 program. Right then and there i decided to always have some kind of backup on everything.
Posted 12 December 2007 - 01:00 PM
You can download a free diagnostic utility called 'HD Tune' which will tell you if the drive is failing/failed. But it won't be able to test drives connected via USB, so you'll need to remove the disk and fit it internally.
SRX660 - right with you there, my friend. I wish more people had the good sense to keep backups but still we see posts from people frantic with worry 'cos they've lost all their files. Today it's easier than ever to make backups in so many ways --- I just can't figure out why so many people still leave it to chance.
Edited by pip22, 12 December 2007 - 01:05 PM.
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