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Old Feb 26, 2006, 8:09 PM   #11
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Old Feb 26, 2006, 8:11 PM   #12
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I also use external hard drives, but not in an enclosure. I use this:

http://www.wiebetech.com/products/ComboDock.php

As most computers today now include a firewire port, this is very convenient and highly portable. They also sell a plate to cover the electronics on the back of the drive.
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I have an external haddrive for each computer, plus a specific harddrive that I achive customer photos each 6 months, retaining the most recent 6 months. That really frees up a lot of space on my primary computer's harddrive. Yesterday I was looking at a harddrive that attaches to the network router for seamless systemwide backup. If I was all Apple would be easy with timecapsule, while I have PC's only now, thinking about next 2 computers (my laptop and wife's desktop) switching to mac rather than Win8. Just built my desktop last year and too good. Actually just ordered an SSD drive for it yesterday.

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External HD for backup - yes. Also use CD, DVD and now BD (lots of room an a Blu-Ray disc). My recommendation for external HD is to use one with its own power supply and switch, and keep it turned off when you are not using it.
External drive for editing -no. It would probably work on USB 3.0, but I still feel performance would be better with an internal drive.

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This was a really old thread that was revived by a spammer. The spam is gone, but since people responded to the spammer's comments, the thread remains revived.

But, on topic, since the demise of the floppy disk, external hard disks are the least reliable storage medium. An external hard disk is more likely to fail than your internal hard disk.
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But, on topic, since the demise of the floppy disk, external hard disks are the least reliable storage medium. An external hard disk is more likely to fail than your internal hard disk.
why do you say that, ive used external drives for years, i still have several, some of which (usb3 very fast) are connected all the time for editing video and ive never had an external drive fail.
ive had two internal drives fail, which i would assume is because of the ammount of use they get, but as external drives are basicly internal drives in a seperate housing i dont understand why an external would be less reliable?
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The drives themselves are the same, but external disks rely on more complex interfaces (SATA to USB, SATA to FireWire, etc.) plus external power supplies, not to mention the myriad of connectors, both internal and external. All of those components are required for external disks, are NOT required for internal disks, and all of which constitute a single point of failure than will cause an external disk to fail.

The drives themselves are usually fine, and can often be removed from the external enclosure and mounted in an internal drive bay, but sometimes some part of the external disk (like a failed power supply) will cause the drive to fail so that it can't be used independently.

And, of course, the occasional drop from a desktop onto a floor doesn't help all those connectors.
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I have one desktop drive with it's own power, and a portable, powered from the USB port. So far, the portable, in spite of knocking around in my briefcase with my laptop, has not had a hiccup. The desktop unit, which has drive images, as well as backups, developed some bad sectors in the drive image area and had to be completely reformatted and wiped before I could use it again. And no, it has never been dropped or overheated. Sometimes stuff just happens, which is why multiple backups are important. (brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department)

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External HD for backup - yes. Also use CD, DVD and now BD (lots of room an a Blu-Ray disc). My recommendation for external HD is to use one with its own power supply and switch, and keep it turned off when you are not using it.
External drive for editing -no. It would probably work on USB 3.0, but I still feel performance would be better with an internal drive.

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I have a netgear storage device that can hold 2 Hard Drives and run through my wireless router and have 2x 2TB hard drives in there for photos. I also use an external to hold my massive music collection. With that said I also use CD, DVD and BD (for storing all the images from a wedding or full season of high school football) and have all my photos on both a hard drive in the neatgear and some form of CD/DVD or BD disc. That way if one medium fails the other one is safe and I can get the photos from it.

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I have an external haddrive for each computer, plus a specific harddrive that I achive customer photos each 6 months, retaining the most recent 6 months. That really frees up a lot of space on my primary computer's harddrive. Yesterday I was looking at a harddrive that attaches to the network router for seamless systemwide backup. If I was all Apple would be easy with timecapsule, while I have PC's only now, thinking about next 2 computers (my laptop and wife's desktop) switching to mac rather than Win8. Just built my desktop last year and too good. Actually just ordered an SSD drive for it yesterday.
My new laptop runs Windows 8 (I only like wins 8 because I can use 16GB of ram if I could use 16GB of ram with XP it would have been an XP unit........) with USB 3.0 ports and a 500GB SSD drive. Oh and it had a BD (blue-ray) burning as well. And the price was under $1500 from a name brand build to order option. The SSD drive is like night and day in terms of speed compared to a regular laptop hard drive. I hate the Wins 8 app interface and setting it up as a desktop now complete with a plug-in that lets me get my XP start bar back but its very fast for lightroom 4 work and uploading photos to the internal drive for editing and burning to discs.
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