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I recently had my hard drive crash on me, it was three years old and worked alot, I have thousands of songs from my cd collection loaded into windows media, I also have been converting some old home movies from VHS to dvd so I do copy up to 8 GB to the drive at a time and then delete them off, I do this about twice a day, I assume that all this extensive use is what may have shortened the lifespan of the drive, I was wondering what I should look for in a drive when purchasing my replacement to get the most use out of it, and if there is anything else that might help it run better and longer when getting worked as much as it will?

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If you do a lot of editing use two drives. while the editing program is reading from one drive it is writing to the other drive. The seek mechanism has to do less moving around and the operation is faster.
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