Chris would you mind explaining (in lay mans terms) how you would set this up and how it would be beneficial in a small home network?If you are going to back up at home then you will want a dual bay NAS drive:
Raid 10 configured (it does all this for you).
Otherwise if you lose a hard drive, you can lose everything.
Chris would you mind explaining (in lay mans terms) how you would set this up and how it would be beneficial in a small home network?
I beg to differ. Canon Cloud Services has just lost thousands of people's archived files due to someone's coding error. This is fresh news in these last ten days. No way of getting them back whatsoever as they have been permanently deleted.There is no way you are gonna lose anything in a cloud service.
If you have precious photos or something burn them to a DVD and put them in a safe place.
There is no point in having a solid state backup drive connected by USB as the USB interface hasn't got a hope in hell of passing data to a SSD fast enough for the drive to make any noticeable difference to read or write speeds. Buy a mechanical HDD designed for backups.
I think you're probably right about SSD/ HDD, , I'll look further into it . Thanks all for the input (as usual , very helpful )Why SSD "for back up purposes"?
An HDD would do for that and me loads cheaper.
Where is the best source for 2 of these for PC back up purposes . Toshiba - Samsung or what ?? They seem to vary between £40 ish to £300 ish (or more) Why is there such a difference , and are the dearer ones so much better ?
All my external mechanical drives sleep when not accessed.Good luck trying to get data delivered to a solid state drive with any intention of saturating it to the point the drive is the physical limitation.
DVDs degrading- if they are correctly stored and not abused the manufacturers state that they should have a reasonable 20-30 year lifespan, obviously pressed versions will outlive these easily. In any event they will be far safer than any solid state drive, I bet a mechanical disk drive has a similar life expectancy all things considered.
If you want a mechanical hard drive designed for backups, Western digital do exactly this product, but you would need to check you buy the right kind of drive. Drives designed for backups (might be WD red?) are programmed differently to regular consumer drives in that they spend a lot of their time absolutely asleep and not moving/rotating the platters at all.