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Which external HDD are you using ? For how long ?

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I purchased a WD Elements Portable 2.5 inch 500 GB External Hard Disk on 2014.

It went bad after approx 1 year. I can't explain how terrible I felt about the wastage of

hard earned money.

Which external HDD are you using ? For how long ?
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I've had a Seagate that I've been using for years now. Can't remember exactly how many. Shortly after that purchase, I bought a Western Digital My Passport for my wife's computer's backup. That's also still working just fine.

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I've had a 2TB WD Elements running for >4 years
and some 160GB Hitachi drives running for >donkeys years.
I've not been so lucky with the longevity of Seagate drives.
Handling can affect life span e.g. "Portable" doesn't mean it's "Airport Handler Proof"

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nakednorman, is right about handling. I use the small 2.5 laptop type external drives thinking they might be more shock resistant plus I like the small foot print. However, that small footprint tends to have less traction and easy to slide. And, if you are a klutz like me it is best to use velcro-like material to attach the drive to your table especially when traveling with a laptop. Before using velcro-like material I caused an external drive to go bad after dropping it about eight times. The relocated sector count began to rise and eventually it was toast.

Also, most of the modern external drives have a power saver timeout enable. It will spin down after around three minutes of inactivity. This adds to wear on the spindle motor by powering up and down repeatedly. You should consider disabling that feature. If the option is not available you can run an activity script in the background to access the disk in raw mode and read a block every couple of minutes. This will prevent the spin down and up cycling. If your use context is a backup device only, you can simply unmount/eject it as soon as the backup completes.
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I bought a WD easystore 4tb on Black Friday in 2017, and so far it's been pretty good. I have been meaning to buy another hard drive for a while because I want redundancy, and I may wind up doing that this year sometime.
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All of the above. THe only time I've ever had trouble with a Hard Drive of any variety is the one I'm attempting to recover right now. I have no idea how old it is, but it is smaller SATA device and all that has gone wrong with it is that the support for the connector pins has dislodged. without that, keeping a reliable connection long enough to recover data has been a trial. It's a good case in point for Backups. It's not that I don't have them for much of the stuff on the drive, nor is it critical, it's only my music collection.
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Thanks everyone for the replies.
The only file that I need to backup is my KeePassXC database file.
Do you think an usb flash drive is enough in my case ?
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The only external HDD I ever owned was a Western Digital from way back in XP. I got around four or five years out of it before it started sounding like a coffee grinder and I retired it.

After that, I used bare 3.5" HDDs (mostly WD Greens) in a dock at first, then graduated to using case mounted hotswap bays when updating backups. Of all those drives, none ever died although one started throwing reallocation errors just before the warranty ran out. I was able to get it replaced under warranty.

I no longer use HDDs. I'm using only SSDs now, mostly because they take up less space and their dramatically reduced weight made lugging ten backup drives to and from my credit union a lot easier on my old carcass. While reduced weight and size was my primary reason for switching to SSSd, other benefits include being more rugged and less likely to be damaged by frequent handling and their increased speed, reducing the amount of time needed to update backups (the drives in my computers are also all SSDs).

I now use bare SSDs for backing up my desktop drives. The backup SSDs for my notebooks are kept in enclosures and connect to the computer via USB 3.0 cable when updating the backup.

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an commercially bought Seagate 1Tb drive - for several years, or so.

an few HDDs that have been pulled from some Dead Laptops, & placed into an caddy - for the last few years.

No Issues with any of them.

& that usb flash drive should be enough, in your case ? YEP - for the moment.
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Pierre wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:17 am
an commercially bought Seagate 1Tb drive - for several years, or so.

an few HDDs that have been pulled from some Dead Laptops, & placed into an caddy - for the last few years.

No Issues with any of them.
Reading your reply makes me think that the next HDD I purchase should be from a local store and not online.
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it really depends on what you want to do .. those 1Tb drives - are quite cheap, these days.

ie: do you really need anything bigger, than that ?.
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Pierre wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:21 am
it really depends on what you want to do .. those 1Tb drives - are quite cheap, these days.

ie: do you really need anything bigger, than that ?.
I just want to backup my KeePassXC database file. A 32GB usb flash drive is more than enough for me.
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in the local store(s) it would seem that I've watching the Triple Value Pack:
- 3 x 4Gb for $19.95
- 3 x 8Gb for $24.95
- 3 x 16Gb for $29.95
there is no value pack, for those 32Gb - as yet - maybe later this year :!:
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Pierre wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:30 am
in the local store(s) it would seem that I've watching the Triple Value Pack:
- 3 x 4Gb for $19.95
- 3 x 8Gb for $24.95
- 3 x 16Gb for $29.95
there is no value pack, for those 32Gb - as yet - maybe later this year :!:
Sorry I didn't explain properly. I already have a Sandisk 32GB flash drive.
The question is should I buy a new external HDD/SSD or not.
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at this stage - probably Not - you don't need it.

- maybe later on ?.
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