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A recently heard that a good way to keep your data safe is to get an external HDD, and I've heard they make them now specially for backups and everything...

Does anybody do this? Or at least think it's a good idea?

My sis can get me this model pretty cheap! :3

Ironically, the last time I lost all my data when was I tried to make a backup...

Have you ever heard of programs like Starforce and similar which make sure you aren't using an illegal copy of the software they protect?
It is said that they will mess your PC and HDD if you try to run a CD recording program..

I tried to make a backup into a CD, and you can only guess what happened.... TT 3 TT

One thing I don't know is whether you should have the external HDD plugged in only when needed or all the time?
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From:animal_co
Date:October 4th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I use a 250gb external drive with GoodSync, and I have great results. GoodSync has a free version as far as I know.
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From:firedaemon
Date:October 4th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
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my bf has the 500gb version of that External hard drive. It's working great for about 6 months now, even after being knocked over a few times and I expect (hope, touch wood) for it to keep on going strong.
For backups, I literally just copy the files, or archive them to a .rar and the copy.
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From:tanukitsune
Date:October 6th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
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Since my pixel art is always 50kb or less, 250 GB will last me for ages, even with all the other data I'll backup.
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From:mravac_kid
Date:October 4th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
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I think it would be cheaper to get a good disk and an external case. And I'm wary of Western Digital, though that's due to their disks of a few years ago. They make the Raptor, though, and that's just about the best disk you can get.

If I had money, I'd get a Seagate Barracuda disk (as the Raptor costs about 3 times more) and an Ice Box external USB 2.0 case. The disks come with a 60 months warranty, and I've been using the case I borrowed from a friend for quite some time now without any trouble (and my cousin has one as well).
And to answer your last question, my external case stands on the desk, plugged in but turned off. I can easily unplug it if I need to take it somewhere, and just flick the switch and turn it on if I need to copy something to the disk. And it's easy to open and change the disk, if I ever need to transfer something from a different disk.

Starforce sucks, and you can get around it by using one of the many Starforce-disabling programs.
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From:mravac_kid
Date:October 4th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and Seagate's external storage offers more disk for the same price.
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/external/freeagent_desktop_data_movers/
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From:danihana
Date:October 4th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
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I've been thinking of getting an HDD. Ger has one that's only about 80GB. It's enough for all his porn. :P
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From:mravac_kid
Date:October 4th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
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80 GB is enough for all his porn?
Poor lad. ;p
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From:danihana
Date:October 4th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
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He's a connoisseur.
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