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Christian Clark
Archiving / Working w/ Older External Hard Drives
on May 27, 2011 at 9:08:42 pm

Hey Experts,

I'm trying to get an archiving workflow up and running because I feel like two out of seven external hard drives we have are starting to fail.

We basically have 2 200GB drives bought in '03-'04, 2 500GB drives bought in '06-'07, 1 1TB drive bought in '09, and 2 2TB drives bought in '10. One of the 200GBs and one of the 500GBs seem to be failing - video glitches in QT & FCP, FCP project files now crash FCP, etc.

- What do you recommend for older external hard drives? Do you just no longer use them after a certain point? Or could we put one copy of less important projects on them?

- I was also thinking we could use the older hard drives for Time Machine Backups but it would really suck if a computer died and then the TM backup was NG because it was done on an older drive.

- I understand Macs don't need to be defragged, but what about external hard drives? Does reformatting help or is there something else we should be doing?

- Also, what are people doing for off site / cloud storage solutions? I mean even if you have everything backed up, if there's a fire or tornado and your home/office is destroyed, you're kind of screwed.

Thanks in advance for your advice,

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Christian H. Clark
City Limit Films
http://www.citylimitfilms.com


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Archiving / Working w/ Older External Hard Drives
on May 27, 2011 at 9:17:44 pm

Lose the old drives and buy some new drives and put 'em in enclosures yourself.

Brand new 1Tb are less than $60, and 2Tb drives are less than $120.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145304&cm_re=1tb_h...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145473&cm_re=2tb_h...

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Shane Ross
Re: Archiving / Working w/ Older External Hard Drives
on May 27, 2011 at 9:14:57 pm

Do not use those drives anymore!!! Get new drives, copy the footage off, and get rid of them. Dont even consider continuing to use failing drives.

Shane

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Isaac Brillant
Re: Archiving / Working w/ Older External Hard Drives
on Jul 1, 2011 at 3:56:57 am

This doesn't necessarily apply to a drive that is already failing, but I remember reading somewhere that you should do a full surface scan of your external harddrives at least once a year, and you can't just leave them idle for long periods of time.

Could you guys tell me the best way to do this? Using Disk Utility? Or do I need to buy a program like DiskWarrior? Or, if the harddrive manufacture supplies a program in the box, should I use that?

One person wrote in another forum: "If I had to use disks for archiving, I'd make sure that I attached them to a computer no less than once a year and do a full surface scan of every accessible sector on the disk using CHKDSK. This would re-map any sectors going "soft" before they dissolve altogether and take precious data with them." Is there a "mac way" to do this?

Someone else there wrote "I stict to WD Diagnostic Utility running in Windows, [on the mac, i think] and I swear by the results and job it does."

So, what's the best way to approach this in your opinions? And even if a drive seems to be working fine, when does it become too old to use?

I mainly use the 2 TB WD MyBooks, either with firewire or with eSata. I haven't had any crash yet, but the oldest one is only 2 years old. I'm more worried about my Lacies, which are between 2 and 6 years old)

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
Isaac


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Christian Clark
Re: Archiving / Working w/ Older External Hard Drives
on Aug 3, 2011 at 9:11:39 pm

Isaac, I think you are referring to this:
http://www.larryjordan.biz/technique-refreshing-hard-disk-storage/

Shane & David, any thoughts on when an external hard drive becomes too old to reliably use, defragging or reformatting an external, or cloud storage solutions?

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Christian H. Clark
City Limit Films
http://www.citylimitfilms.com


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Isaac Brillant
Re: Archiving / Working w/ Older External Hard Drives
on Sep 4, 2011 at 7:47:26 pm

Sorry, I overlooked this. I'm going to try it out and will post an update...

thanks!


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