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Old 05-02-2007, 01:37 PM   #1
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Default [Rant] I hate Western Digital [/rant]

I bought a My Book 250 gig back up hard drive for my work computer because it was getting clogged up with kids pics, crawling pics etc.

Well it took a crap today and I lost all of it. 30 gigs gone.

Anyone have any input on a reliable back up drive?

Sometimes I regret the dependence we have on computers and how easy it is to just friggin have 30 gigs of your life and such zapped.


Just a rant.
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:42 PM   #2
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Man that sucks, kinda funny too, bestbuy as WD harddrives on sell. I also like to know what a good 160gig drive would be for pictures and music.
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Try loosing your whole computer

i ran two harddrive in my comp and both my 30 gig and 60 gig crashed the same day and i had to throw them in the trash so now i dont have a computer at all other then my moms lol
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If you can`t retrive your crawling pictures I have the ones you sent me and Itook when I was out there. Let me konw
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Try loosing your whole computer
I have had that happen twice since I have had my work Dell laptop. First time total loss. Second time I had to reload windows XP and and somehow it stuffed my crap in a file and it was OK.
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:54 PM   #6
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back EVERYTHING up on DVD's..... sucks to begin the process but once you are cagut up just do a backup of your stuff once a month...
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Now I have heard that Read Write can degrade over time. Is that true of DVD?
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i have 2 save everything to both so when it craps out... you are not really out anything but money
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As long as the dvd isnt stored in direct sunlight it should be good for years and years. I back up all my stuff on dvd. Hardrives fail. Tape drives and dvd does not.
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i love my hitachi hd, lol. thats sucks, i kinda know how you feel, i didnt lose that much, but i when my harddrive messed up, i lost my stuff, but everybody elses was fine, lol.
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X2 on the DVD, burn it on dual layer dvd's, atleast pics, vids and whatnot and get a cd book or somthing to keep them in.
i prefer seagate drives.
or you could set up a raid configuration.
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single or dual... makes no matter... dual will give you over 9gb of storage though...
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I run a raid and I also back up my photos and vids on DVDs. Works well, and its easy to transport.
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yeah, i use dual for the capacity, but you can use either. ive read on a few forums to buy quality discs, sometimes with cheapo's you get quite a few mis-burns.
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There are people that can recover data from screwed up drives! I've had it done before. I think it was actually "Geek Squad" at Best Buy that ended up doing it for me.
One time I had a 1GB memory car geek out on me too. I found a program on-line that I downloaded and was able to use to recover the pics from the card! Worked like a charm!
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Try loosing your whole computer

i ran two harddrive in my comp and both my 30 gig and 60 gig crashed the same day and i had to throw them in the trash so now i dont have a computer at all other then my moms lol
I know what you mean, mine on my laptop crap out on me, I have a laptop on loan till I can afford to get one of mine again.
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If you can`t retrive your crawling pictures I have the ones you sent me and Itook when I was out there. Let me konw
Okay....now all he needs 29,990 gigs back.
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Tape drives and dvd does not.
Wrong. Magnetic tape drives will fail. We use 400G Dat tapes at work and I have seen them not work when necessary.
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Rizzo: When you say you lost it, what exactly happened? Can you hear the drive clicking? Does it sound like it is trying to spin up? There are loads of things you can do to try and recover that data.

As for DVDs, I find it is cheaper and better in the long run to just buy large hard drives when they're on sale. Stuff like 500GB drive for $120 are real common. I can buy one, plug it into my drive and then just store that in the box in the closet for years. As long as you're not banging the crap out of it and getting the plates or read head out of alignment, you'll be fine.

As far as brands. I've had trouble with every major brand out there. Anyone who swears by one brand over another just hasn't owned that current brand long enough. Trust me, under high usage all hard drives fail. That's the nature of their design.

As for the geek squad. I wouldn't trust them to turn a light on, let alone to try and fix my computer.
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I say go with DVD-RW, they cant be wiped out with a strong magnet like a spare HD can.
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