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So excited to consolidate my mess of drives and get a big boost to my storage.

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[-] [email protected] 55 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Don't forget to back up to other additional drives!

Consolidating all your data into one drive is very convenient, but if you aren't backing it all up then it's only a matter of time until you lose everything. If you're gonna have a bunch of small drives hanging out you can use them as a backup. You could even set them up into a RAID, but I've never actually done that so i can't vouch for it

[-] IndiBrony 14 points 1 month ago

So, oddly enough, I rarely ever back things up. I will back up things that I absolutely cannot afford to lose, but other than that my general thoughts are to leave my data in the hands of the HDD gods.

Sometimes it's good to have an unexpected clear out... But only sometimes.

I'm also aware that this could entirely just a "me" thing.

[-] Jarix 6 points 1 month ago

I save hardrives from old computers because "i might lose something important!"

Im a digital hoarder. I back up my digital existence by buy a new harddrive big enough my old collection fits under like 10 percent of the new drive.

And keep all the old drives.

Theorically if the oldest drives are still readable, ill never have to worry about losing the oldest information to ransomware.

But ive been holding onto some data since before ibm released pentium. Im actually afraid to look at what i have from being a 12 year old on the internet without supervision...

[-] IndiBrony 4 points 1 month ago

To be fair, the one thing I lost that I wish I'd been able to back up was my blog which I shared on MySpace back in the day.

When they refurbished the site and got rid of all the old stuff, I was using a different email address so I missed my chance to back it up.

It was essentially a personal diary of what I got up to every single day in 2008/9. I would kill to be able to read through some of them again.

Alas, they are lost to time ๐Ÿซก

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

Man I'd love to see that archive (unless it were anything personal) lol, like a modern day library of Alexandria.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

No, I do the same. I don't really have backups at all. Some stuff I have in the cloud, but for convenience more than anything else.

I have my Windows drives encrypted with bitlocker, and I put the recovery keys in the cloud. I recently wiped the OS partition intending to retrieve the keys after reinstall, only to find the cloud provider is having an extended outage... So those drives are inaccessible for the time being. Maybe forever. I've barely missed them.

The biggest part of my data by byte is just media that I can redownload. I don't have anything life-or-death critically important.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

An adrenaline junkie!

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

You know what, that would be a perfect mother or fathers day gift every year for any data hoarder. Happy Parity Day!

[-] PainInTheAES 3 points 1 month ago

Or a great idea for a birthday parity!

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[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

I second this! I hope you get many years of service from your drive, but I haven't had much luck with Seagate, personally.

[-] LemmySoloHer 2 points 1 month ago

Any recommendations for reliable storage? I need new drives but I've put off buying any for years with all the bad reviews and counterfeit products making me weary of any deal that seems too reasonable or model with known issues.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Any recommendations for reliable storage?

Recommendations are difficult, because reliability varies from model to model (even within the same brand) and there is no useful data until a model is more than a few years old. What we can do is follow the data available from an independent source with large sample sizes:


My personal experience over the most recent 15 years:

  • WD mechanical drives generally offer the best balance of longevity, price, and noise among the brands I've tried.
  • Hitachi drives do well on reliability (perhaps better than WD) but can be too loud for a home environment.
  • Seagate drives fail so often that I won't use them any more, unless they're free, second-hand, and given only disposable data.
  • I have no recent experience with Toshiba.
[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

I just did some reading, and while Seagate drives had problems around 2012 -2016, they seem to work about as well as any other drive now. I'd go for the best deal, personally.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Seagate have always worked perfectly for me (knock on wood). And to avoid counterfeits i only buy hard drives from a physical store of a large retailer chain. You'll pay a little bit more, but really only a very little more, and you'll know that what you're buying is an authentic drive that came directly from the manufacturer

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[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Yes I agree! have an TB external drive and a cloud backup on Dropbox (not my favorite but it does the job for now). I definitely need to get some better automated backup processes in place but it's a work in progress.

This bad boy is going to help a lot.

[-] Jayb151 1 points 1 month ago

So what's the best way to back up a single drive?

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

"best" depends on the particulars of your situation. Cloud backup is one of the easiest but over time can be expensive. In the long run buying a second same-sized drive is cheaper than online backup, but it requires more money up front, and having the original and backup in the same physical location doesn't protect against local disasters like a waterpipe bursting flood. There are specialized tape drives for backups, which are cheap per mb and so you can make lots of separate backups which makes your data safer, but they're very slow to read and write. And there's other option too, like optical disks, raid arrays, etc.

Best i can really say is to do some online research to figure out what's right for your particular case.

[-] Jayb151 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks for the response! I'll have to look up some software for automatic backups.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Cloud cost is pretty cheap, especially if you do cold storage.

Where they get you is egress fees.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

Very interesting to know, but i just looked it up and it still seems expensive in the long run. Azure's cheapest storage tier is 1 dollar per TB per month. So 5 TB of backup would cost 60 bucks a year, but a 5 TB drive costs about 120 bucks. So after 2 years of cloud backup it costs you an extra 60 bucks a year every year vs. if you just bought a hard drive.


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[-] PainInTheAES 35 points 1 month ago

Since this will only be the beginning bookmark this for later :P

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[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 month ago

Lol it's so funny you say that. I got this because I've been wanting to consolidate 4 different drives in my gaming pc (about 5TB total). But as soon as I saw this I thought 'why should I get rid of perfectly good drives? I can have 17TB instead of 12'. It feels like I've got the seeds of a bad habit growing lol.

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[-] PainInTheAES 5 points 1 month ago

Sounds like it's time to get a NAS and make a RAID array. Btrfs, mergerfs, Synology's SHR, TrueNAS's multi drive size solution, and probably some other options I'm forgetting can accomplish RAID 1 across different drive sizes. Then your files are duplicated to other HDDs in case one fails. Then you can back up to Backblaze B2 to make sure you your data's backed up off site.

You can do a mixed drive raid solution on Windows with Windows Storage Spaces and backup to Backblaze computer backup for pretty cheap.

This is the upgrade I've been planning going from a 2 bay to 8 bay NAS. My wallet is not very happy with me... But the homelab must grow.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

I'm glad my wife doesn't mind the 5 bay. Or the 8 bay I added to become the new main NAS and the other a backup.

..... Or the 4RU case stacked with drives.

[-] Merlin404 17 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Can i also have your husband?

[-] Daveyborn 16 points 1 month ago

Not as appreciated nowadays but I still use spinning disk for bulk media storage

[-] [email protected] 11 points 1 month ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)
[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago

Just don't go all the way cold. Both SSDs and HDDs need to be regularly powered to retain the data stored on them over a span of years. As long as you occasionally access the storage volume, you're good, but if you're planning on leaving a drive untouched and unpowered for more than five years, the data might not survive even if the drive does.

For that kind of long term resilience, there's really only tape drives and optical.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago)
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[-] Daveyborn 3 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

More or less how my setup is. Ssds in the desktop and spinning disk in the nas. I'm also impressed with how massive they've gotten over time.

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[-] [email protected] 9 points 1 month ago

Also great for storing lesser played large games, to transfer to ssd when ready to play again.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

I just recently went entirely HDDless in my desktop. I have a singular 10tb HDD external drive that I connect as needed, but I'm considering just moving it over to my NAS since all it does at this point is store dashcam footage.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 1 month ago

Now tell him you need another for mirrored backups ๐Ÿ˜†

[-] UxyIVrljPeRl 2 points 1 month ago

And a third one for offsite backups! 3-2-1 baby!

[-] RazorsLedge 8 points 1 month ago

Photo of storage device.

[-] neatchee 7 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 month ago

I got the 8TB version the other day since it was cheap, but it's mostly for Jellyfin.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

Filled up my drive (7.07TiB/34GiB free) already :(
Can't download much more...

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

I bought a 20TB drive and unfortunately that mofo is loud AF.

[-] MadBigote 2 points 1 month ago

Is it Seagate? I find those hella noisy. I have 16tb HDDs un my NAS, and WD are much better in terms of noise.

[-] one_knight_scripting 1 points 1 month ago

Really? I haven't had good luck with WD hdds in laptops and they're the reason I target Seagate (hdds) or Samsung (ssds). In fact, I got 12 Seagates in my SAN. But admittedly, I haven't used anything outside of the WD blue line up. Is the reliability that much better? My SAN and it's hdds are pushing 10 years old and both were previously in use at a data center by a total of 8 Hosts so not exactly easy work. But I've admittedly replaced I think 4 hard drives in the past 3 years.

[-] MadBigote 2 points 1 month ago

I'm fairly new to self hosting, barely three years into it, so my HDDs are not as old as yours. I limit myself to red WD Pros, so I couldn't speak bout their blue line. Red Pros are great for my use, which is mostly a Plex server, phone and pics backup, and a few self hosted services.

Noise-wise I find them more comfortable than Seagate, as I can hear my Iron wolf running in my NAS, which didnt happen with WDs. In terms of reliance, my WD is just 3 years old.

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[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago

Then my two bricked Seagates beat the odds.

[-] tla 3 points 1 month ago
[-] one_knight_scripting 1 points 1 month ago

oOoooo! Get it into a raid array!

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