I’m looking to backup my data. I’d love to hear comments from the peanut gallery
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
- From the many many reviews I’ve read, Maxtor One Touch external drives have serious reliability issues. Don’t use.
- LaCie external drives are likely a good bet. Seagate too.
- My safe should be able to protect an external hard drive during a fire.
- Truecrypt partition encryption might be very good. It’s open source.
- Drivecrypt might be very good. It’s closed source and costs $50-$150.
- Boxbackup is a fine online backup system. The server must run linux and internet transfer speeds can be a significant limitation (IE 10KB/sec = 25 GB/month backed up) that can be somewhat overcome with product like rsync.
- Devco has some good recomendations for on-the-fly-encryption.
- More good encryption recomendations.
- No-name drive enclosures and brand name hard drives can pair up well. I might just go with that.
- (3-8-07 update) another interesting product is Foldershare
What does this all mean? I have to go back to Staples and return the Maxtor One Touch I just bought. I stood there torn about getting the extended warrantee. I mean, if my backup drive dies with all my data on it, a $200 drive is a drop in the pond next to all my writings and family photos and such.
Friggin Staples ONLY carries Maxtor One Touch external drives (which have serious reliability issues) and “consumer” Maxtor drives, which also have reliability issues.
There are some serious marketing brain-farts here. All they have to do is sell the two drives in retail stores as “fast with a 1 year warrantee” and “slow with a 5 year warrantee”
update 6-8-05 I just bought via mail-order a Maxtor MaXLine Plus II 250G 7200RPM 8MB ATA-133 8MB Cache Hard Drive – 7Y250P0. It’s a “high reliability midline” internal drive. I’ll stick it in an enclosure I have lying around.I’ve played with Trucrypt and it looks excellent.
update 6-9-05 Wow, the new Maxstor MaXLine Plus II drive is incredibly quiet! I’m formatting it right now and if it weren’t for the flickery light and the progress indicator, I’d say that the only thing powered-on in the drive enclosure is the itty bitty fan. Yes, I made sure to get an enclosure with a fan. It’s a bit oversized too. Lots of room for air movement.
update 6-9-05 about an hour later I don’t understand why it takes so long to format a 250 gig drive. I mean, it’s only 2,000,000,000,000 binary elements.