Question Whats better? 2 internal hardrives, or 1 internal, and 1 external.

Jul 26, 2020
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@Darkbreeze
Basically, If I wanted to have safe storage in the event of a hard drive failure on os disk, which is the best option here?

os is on one hard drive.
Where documents and other important stuff on another.

Thank you for your time!
 

kanewolf

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@Darkbreeze
Basically, If I wanted to have safe storage in the event of a hard drive failure on os disk, which is the best option here?

os is on one hard drive.
Where documents and other important stuff on another.

Thank you for your time!
Here is what one of the mods has for a safe storage approach -- https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/what-is-your-backup-situation-at-home.2997205/
Anything that is irreplaceable -- THREE copies, with one of those copies in another geographic location for fire, theft, flood protection.
 
Jul 29, 2020
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the internal hard drive will shut down at the same time as Windows
I have never liked the external drives with a power switch button unless you buy a DAS.
also the SATA cable is unlikely to fail unlike the external drive if it's used via USB
 

popatim

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USB cable failures can be avoided by getting a drive dock or docking station. And then you only need to be careful not to drop the drive. Keep in mind that premade USB drives often cost less then the same PC drive.
for example the Easystore 8tb is $140, the same 8tb internal drive is $175. This is why some people buy externals and remove the drives from them.

Docks:
https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-External-Lay-Flat-Docking-EC-DFFN/dp/B013WODZH0
https://www.amazon.com/202019-Docking-Station/dp/B0099TX7O4
 

USAFRet

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@Darkbreeze
Basically, If I wanted to have safe storage in the event of a hard drive failure on os disk, which is the best option here?

os is on one hard drive.
Where documents and other important stuff on another.

Thank you for your time!
"hard drive failure" is not the only cause of data loss.

Virus, malware, ransomware...
"oops, I accidentally deleted/formatted the wrong thing"
"oops, the power cut out during a write operation"

Multiple copies of anything you do not want to lose, on multiple different physical drives.
 
Jul 29, 2020
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Keep in mind that premade USB drives often cost less then the same PC drive.
for example the Easystore 8tb is $140, the same 8tb internal drive is $175. This is why some people buy externals and remove the drives from them.
1- you never know what's hidden inside the case, most of the time it's a low-end HDD
2- it may not work out of the case when it's tied to that specific pcb ID and in this case all data is encrypted through the USB port.
3- $175 for a 8TB ? it's a good bang for the buck I just wish I could pay that for a 6TB here.

with regard to this drive it apparently is not a clone of the RED for NAS

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDN_h9YvuiM

https://www.reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comments/8evpx8 View: https://www.reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comments/8evpx8/evidence_that_the_wd80emaz_drives_found_in_some/
 

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