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User Info: tiamat999

tiamat999
3 years ago#1
I back up my games and game saves often but what about not doing it over a long period of time
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User Info: Lonestar2000

Lonestar2000
3 years ago#2
The less the drive is on the better.
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User Info: WerdnAndreW

WerdnAndreW
3 years ago#3
Hard to say really...a hard drive could last a very long time but another drive of the exact model # may only survive for 6 months.
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User Info: Ningishzida

Ningishzida
3 years ago#4
depends on many factors (like magnetic fields/environment), but you should get several years

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donbrifway
3 years ago#5
it really depends on how many ghosts you have in your house.
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User Info: MaryJHappy

MaryJHappy
3 years ago#6
i have 1 and 5 years old external hdd from western digital and they both working fine till these days. however 2 of my 2tb internal driver failed in 2 years. i had to send them for replacement. one was western digital 2tb black and the other was hitachi 2tb, both 7200rpm, 64mb cache.

User Info: Ningishzida

Ningishzida
3 years ago#7
MaryJHappy posted...
however 2 of my 2tb internal driver failed in 2 years.


*shudder*

this is why it's best to backup often and to multiple media (cloud, optical etc.)

User Info: BlueRamza

BlueRamza
3 years ago#8
I have several over USB drives over 10 years old, and a 500 GB hard drive about 3 years old, but they're only for storage, nothing else.
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User Info: Nicodimus

Nicodimus
3 years ago#9
Second the ghost factor. Those bastards love eating data. It's like cake to them or something.
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User Info: Master_Bass

Master_Bass
3 years ago#10
Nicodimus posted...
Second the ghost factor. Those bastards love eating data. It's like cake to them or something.

You can enslave them and make them backup your data with Norton Ghost, though.
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