new external HD, project, life
Posted on 2010-04-05 13:51:00
Tags: palmpre projects programming
My backup strategy as of last week was to copy the really important stuff onto my 16GB USB thumbdrive relatively frequently, and more infrequently copy everything onto an external hard drive. Feeling rather clever at the time, I bought an enclosure like this, so I could buy a cheaper SATA hard drive and stick it in there and plug it into my computer via USB. Then when I wanted to upgrade drives I could just buy another SATA drive.
This sounded good in theory, and indeed kinda worked, but it was very slow for some reason - copying 200GB over to the drive and then untarring the 200GB file took around 3 days. Because of this I backed up way less often than I should have.
As luck would have it, the SATA drive seemed to die last week, and so after doing a little research I bought a Western Digital Elements USB Hard Drive with 1TB of space for $90. It was easy to get it to mount on Linux, and took less than 24 hours to do the same copying/untarring procedure. And it doesn't look totally cobbled together! So I'd recommended it if you're looking for an easy backup solution. You can also get a version with fancy software and an e-ink label on the outside that was actually kind of tempting.
Comment from andrewhime:
I had an Ethernet Western Digital for a while... then it died. Overheated due to poor case design - no fan, goofy cooling holes. It was one of those booked shaped ones that was supposed to stand on its side.
After that, I swore them off, and I'm now with a LaCie model that does eSATA, USB, or Firewire. I went with Firewire.
Comment from gerdemb:
My 500GB Iomega drive just died after less than 6 months of use. No way to get a warranty repair in Brazil and a new drive here at that size costs almost $400. Sigh....
This backup was done by LJBackup.