|Quoting Klaus (Reply 1):|
Use your backup
|Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 10):|
It amazes me that in this day and age most people with computers never consider backing their systems up. And a lot of them never consider how important their data can be.
|Quoting Dougloid (Reply 11):|
Klaus, when the standby hard drive starts getting pretty loaded up is there such a thing as emptying it and starting with a new fresh backup? Is there a reason for doing this? My standby is nearly maxed out with archives.
|Quoting GuitrThree (Reply 16):|
Funny thing about Backups...
Carbonite and others have a great online backup service. However, I use Comcast, which now has a 250GB per month cap.
If I back everything up and need it when/if my system crashes, I'd exceed the cap recovering my data. Wonder how this is going to work???
|Quoting AverageUser (Reply 15):|
If I had anything I wanted to keep for posterity, I'd get several external drives and use a simple cloning software, such as xxclone (free for personal use) or DiscWizard (available free for Seagate and Maxtor hard drive components from Seagate). I'd make the target bootable as well so there is a "tepid" spare disk available at all times.
|Quoting Klaus (Reply 21):|
You should all be aware that most online backup services have rather low security standards. In most cases the data transfer can easily be intercepted.
|Quoting Luv2cattlecall (Reply 17):|
Do yourself a favor and grab a cheap HDD on black friday!
|Quoting Klaus (Reply 14):|
One thing to consider would be that harddisks do actually age as well, so I would "retire" an older backup drive eventually, with its data intact. In an extreme emergency it still wouldn't hurt to have a "historical archive" at hand, even if its recovery might be a bit dicey after years.
Of course backup drives can fail as well, so alternating backups between drives can add another layer of security, as will storage in separate, protected locations.
It is of course important to be watchful that you can actually still connect a given backup drive to a new computer and that any archiving software used still runs on the new one. Otherwise you could lose all your backups simply to obsolescence of the hardware and software used to create them in the first place.
|Quoting Poadrim (Reply 7):|
Did a forgett to say that is is a portable HD? I hope there is some type of software to force the HD to run, just so long i can backup all info...?
|Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 28):|
OK here's a couple last shot options:
1) put the drive in the freezer for an hour or so. IF the head bearing is bad this might let it run for awhile... if it does start grabbing your stuff off ASAP, the drive will die eventually and it WILL fail for good this time.
|Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 28):|
|Quoting Klaus (Reply 29):|
put the drive in the freezer for an hour or so. IF the head bearing is bad this might let it run for awhile... if it does start grabbing your stuff off ASAP, the drive will die eventually and it WILL fail for good this time.
That is extremely bad advice without tight qualifications.
|Quoting AverageUser (Reply 31):|
It only seems to work for drives that are on the verge of collapsing.
|Quoting Klaus (Reply 32):|
If even a low-level read fails,
|Quoting AverageUser (Reply 33):|
LL always fails if the drive won't spin up at all or goes clickety-click at boot.
|Quoting AverageUser (Reply 42):|
If that software will be able to see your files, then any decent software will, so you might want to shop around in the net and save $100 or so. This show-no show type of thing on your drive is not a good sign however, you might lose the drive in the midst of the recovery process. If I had the drive myself, I'd first attempt a sector-by-sector raw copy on a fresh drive while the going is any good. A recovery on that fresh drive is a possibility, if there are no what we call hard errors. Good luck!
|Quoting Poadrim (Reply 45):|
I have another question now, is it possible to access the disk and recover specific folders and files? Instead of the hole disk.