Protect Your Data By Using A Hard Drive For Backups

As sales reps, from time to time, we may find ourselves wondering how safe our data really is. Yes, we have taken steps to keep intruders off our systems and have taken measures to lock down our laptops. And just as we think our data safe and secure, we hear a strange clicking notice coming from our laptop. Or our desktop freezes up. And then we have this sinking feeling in our stomachs as we see the screen turn blue with a string of white characters that can best be described as an arcane recipe for disaster.

So we take our system down to the local tech shop or maybe the Geek Squad, hoping that they can breathe life back into our machine. After spending an hour with our system, the tech emerges from the back room and says, “Sorry dude. Your hard drive is dead.”

So, do you:

As hobbyist and mobile business people, one of the major concerns we have now that they drives are so large, is how do we effectively protect our data from a hardware failure and in particular a drive failure? Let’s face it—120 GB is a lot of data to backup to tape and DVDs only hold up to 7GBs.

One of the things that we can do is to use a second disk drive to back up our data and keep it close at hand. Because we have a number of options available to us, one of the questions that frequently come up is, “Which one is more reliable, an internal drive or an external drive?”

Most of the drives these days come with a warranty for 5 years and an average lifespan well over that. Therefore, as long as you don't bang them up or subject them to cruel and unusual punishment, everything should be all right regardless if the drive is external or internal. There are, however, some other things to consider when deciding on the type of drive to use. Here are some points to remember regarding internal drives versus external drives:

External Drive:

Internal Drive:

Here is one more consideration. Putting your backup drive inside your desktop may protect you against a drive dying on you, but if your desktop gets damaged or stolen, then both drives are going down with it. If one of your drives is external, then it's not subject to the same conditions as your desktop.

Considering the overall rate of capacity growth, the falling cost/gigabyte, and the mean-time-to-failure of today's drives, chances are good that you'll replace the drive long before it dies on you regardless of it being internal or external.

So when you are looking for ways to protect your data from hardware damage, map your individual needs against considerations like portability, access, security, installation and power requirements. Spend less time worrying over which type of drive will last longer.

Check out the equipment from Western Digital. They make a decent product and as long as you don't roll it down the stairs, you should be good to go. Here is one review of the Western Digital 1 TB My Book portable from a blogger across the pond.

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