[QUOTE=AllanDeGroot;2660619]MY issues with optical backup is that they deteriorate even if stored perfectly
They are slow to read the data back and they are painfully slow to write the
I’d run them for a month in general service before wiping and error checking,
but never forget they are going to spend their lives wrapped up like an electronic
mummy sealed in a fireproof tomb.
Just before the HDD price insanity I bought a 2TB Seagate, my only active Seagate
drive. (everything else I have is WD)
I bought a “Green” drive because they supposedly run cooler and this one was
intended to be an archive drive in an external housing with an “OFF” switch,
which is how it spends it’s life. The drive is switched off and the wall wort
P/S for the enclosure has it’s own off switch on the power strip.[/QUOTE]
Great post. This is exactly what I was willing to read, because I also plan to copy data then store mummy way.
You talk about drives keeping data for many years using HDDs. But I am concerned about the maintenance they require. Do you plug them in the computer regularly? Are you doing something special to take care of them, avoid mechanical laziness, keep the fluids smooth and such things? This is very important, because the user can indeed make a huge difference in the drive durability.
I’m also eyeing a couple of 2 TB WD Greens. The only thing remaining is a good enclosure with decent cooling. Any ideas? Preferably it has to feature eSATA connection, because I’ve just happily found that my motherboard has 2 eSATA plugs in the back. They were hidden by the metal plate all those years.
Lastly, do you recommend partitioning them or just using the whole space in a single partition? Does it matter regarding data safety and reliability?
[QUOTE=DrageMester;2660713]One possible answer, and the one I use, is: WhereIsIt? (Shareware)
I used to use it for CD/DVD content, but now I mainly use it for archival harddrives.[/QUOTE]
I also use WhereIsIt, albeit and older (3.x) version. I can’t stand the modern Ribbonesque interface. Every single optical media I have ever recorded is there, and it can catalog HD partitions or just folders as well.
There are free alternatives (like this, this or this) but I started using WII many years ago and I am now locked into its proprietary catalog format. There is a freeware viewer which I could use to get rid of it, but it is handling huge catalogs (for example, a single catalog with 1,69 TB of CDs and DVDs with every single file in them indexed, even the ones inside zips and rars) flawlessly, so I’m sticking with it. Besides, the program can export the catalogs to a wide variety of formats, including database (SQLite or whatever), Excel, text and even PDF. It can be thrown away safely if it goes the Nero route or something like that.