I'm sure probably every one of us is in the same boat. We've all got many gigabytes of valuable data (in my case, archived mp3's, wav files and flacs) backed up to external hard drives. Some of us have never lost any data due to a hard drive failure, while some, ahem, myself, have had some sort of hard drive issue and lost weeks or months worth of archiving.So, I would think this thread could be of interest to many on this forum.Do you guys have any advice on how to prevent an external hard drive failure?
Do you defragment or run any sorts of scans etc?
Or, do you just transfer over your data and hope for the best?
Keep drives cool, and keep them on. Never lost a hard drive yet (internal or usb external) with this plan. My original usb one is going on 3.5 years of being (mostly) on 24/7. and listening to flacs off of it. I'm hoping my backup doesn't die on me because it doesn't have an on/off switch like my old one so it kind of powers off when it wants to.
But, I wonder how much "general usage" (ie editing mp3 tags, playing songs, adding folders, copying and pasting files etc...) contributes to hard drive failure. I heard someone once liken hard drives to magnetic cassette tape, in that, if you are playing the same songs over and over, you're more likely to wear out that part of the drive, and the data can't be read anymore. Hmm ...