Question What is the most failure resistant way to store 4TB?

Apr 14, 2020
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I hate spinning drives, they give me anxiety. I hear soft click and chirp noises from my 3TB disk now (I think, there are multiple drives) and the current pending sector count has suddenly gone to 3.

I am preparing to backup to google drive, I currently have backups to other spinning drives.

It's my impression SSDs are at least very shock resistant but I don't know about their overall longevity and I've heard static discharge can brick them.

I may have to move across country soon which means any disks I have are going to be thumping down the road. I can't afford to buy $1/gigabyte SSDs, I have 1.5TB of samsung ones for laptops though.

There are hybrid drives and also rugged drives like this Lacie:

https://www.amazon.com/LaCie-Rugged-External-Portable-LAC9000633/dp/B01789QMUW/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2M20QZT000F29&dchild=1&keywords=4tb+hard+drive&qid=1591108275&sprefix=4tb+,aps,417&sr=8-5

or this transcend:

https://www.amazon.com/Transcend-TS4TSJ25H3B-StoreJet-External-Drive/dp/B078YGB7DJ/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1IX4VYAM7960F&dchild=1&keywords=transcend+4tb+external+hard+drive&qid=1591108877&sprefix=4tb+hard+drive+transc,aps,147&sr=8-3

A larger drive like this 8TB one would make my life way easier because I actually have around 6TB of data:

https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-BarraCuda-Internal-Drive-3-5-Inch/dp/B07H289S7C/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=6tb+hard+drive&qid=1591108934&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzOTRSUEVEWDdRMk05JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMzcxMzQ1MUg1SEJBQU9aVkJWNCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzc5OTgwMkRHMDQ0RkU4NERLVyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

I don't know what to do and the chirp-chirp-chirp is driving me nuts. Don't have much money given the potential move.


My motherboard seems to support RAID, and I do not have a usb C port, just 3.0. MSI B450 MAX motherboard, 6x SATA.
 

kanewolf

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I hate spinning drives, they give me anxiety. I hear soft click and chirp noises from my 3TB disk now (I think, there are multiple drives) and the current pending sector count has suddenly gone to 3.

I am preparing to backup to google drive, I currently have backups to other spinning drives.

It's my impression SSDs are at least very shock resistant but I don't know about their overall longevity and I've heard static discharge can brick them.

I may have to move across country soon which means any disks I have are going to be thumping down the road. I can't afford to buy $1/gigabyte SSDs, I have 1.5TB of samsung ones for laptops though.

There are hybrid drives and also rugged drives like this Lacie:

https://www.amazon.com/LaCie-Rugged-External-Portable-LAC9000633/dp/B01789QMUW/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2M20QZT000F29&dchild=1&keywords=4tb+hard+drive&qid=1591108275&sprefix=4tb+,aps,417&sr=8-5

or this transcend:

https://www.amazon.com/Transcend-TS4TSJ25H3B-StoreJet-External-Drive/dp/B078YGB7DJ/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1IX4VYAM7960F&dchild=1&keywords=transcend+4tb+external+hard+drive&qid=1591108877&sprefix=4tb+hard+drive+transc,aps,147&sr=8-3

A larger drive like this 8TB one would make my life way easier because I actually have around 6TB of data:

https://www.amazon.com/Seagate-BarraCuda-Internal-Drive-3-5-Inch/dp/B07H289S7C/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=6tb+hard+drive&qid=1591108934&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzOTRSUEVEWDdRMk05JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMzcxMzQ1MUg1SEJBQU9aVkJWNCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzc5OTgwMkRHMDQ0RkU4NERLVyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

I don't know what to do and the chirp-chirp-chirp is driving me nuts. Don't have much money given the potential move.


My motherboard seems to support RAID, and I do not have a usb C port, just 3.0. MSI B450 MAX motherboard, 6x SATA.
I would recommend a SYSTEM of backups similar to this -- https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/what-is-your-backup-situation-at-home.2997205/
 

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