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Old Jan 8th, 2020, 02:25 PM   #11
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One thought on SSDs. When they do fail it tends to be without warning and not recoverable.
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Advice I got from a professional data recovery expert: Backup your Data... and Backup your Backups... and label your drives! Also, keep a record of what is on your drives.

Like other posters here, I use mechanical drives for backup and mirror them for data security. You can generally get at least two mechanical drives for the price of a single SSD, and if you duplicate your backup then your data is still there if one of the drives fails. If you only have the SSD and it fails, your data is gone for good.

To keep track of what is on all my offline backup drives, I use this indispensable app: https://diskcatalogmaker.com/
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Old Jan 28th, 2020, 09:44 AM   #13
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One thought on SSDs. When they do fail it tends to be without warning and not recoverable.
I am aware of that, a sudden silent death without any warning.

Are 2.5-in. 7200rpm HDDs still being made?
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Old Jan 28th, 2020, 12:22 PM   #14
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If they are, CanadaRam would carry them.

They are my go to for drives, except when I need one yesterday that is. :-)
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Old Jan 28th, 2020, 02:07 PM   #15
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I am aware of that, a sudden silent death without any warning.

Are 2.5-in. 7200rpm HDDs still being made?

A Quick Google search certainly shows there are lots of such HDDs still available although I believe some manufacturers stopped making such drives some years ago.

I installed such a WD model in my old MBPro before I replaced it with a solid-state drive, only to try and save some power. The speed increase wasn't anything to scream about other than boot times was about 15 seconds.


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Advice I got from a professional data recovery expert: Backup your Data... and Backup your Backups... and label your drives! Also, keep a record of what is on your drives.

Like other posters here, I use mechanical drives for backup and mirror them for data security. You can generally get at least two mechanical drives for the price of a single SSD, and if you duplicate your backup then your data is still there if one of the drives fails. If you only have the SSD and it fails, your data is gone for good.

To keep track of what is on all my offline backup drives, I use this indispensable app: https://diskcatalogmaker.com/

One backup is not enough, I have 2. I have a local Time Machine on site and I have an offsite backup through a cloud provider called BackBlaze. Your local backup is useless if the building burns down. I like local for quick recovery, but if the building goes or the drive, it is comforting to know I still have it all in the cloud.

I think I paid $99 for 2 years unlimited storage through Backblaze.
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