If history disturbs you, and you long to forget, don’t backup your data and sooner or later you’ll be free of it.
– Virginia Heffernan in The New York Times Magazine, p.24, June 14, 2009.
All hard-drives fail. Some hard-drives fail earlier than the others.
Most of us have precious and priceless memories on our laptop (we meant our laptop PC, not our bare laptop). 😉
But few of us care to do frequent backups of the priceless images, movies, billets doux and drawings on our laptop. Again, we’re talking only of the laptop PC.
As a business, we’ve been backing up stuff for several years now.
At first, we used the Archos 20GB floppy drive-sized external drive.
Then we shifted to larger external drives like AcomData and Seagate.
Since 2006, however, we’ve migrated to the sleek and larger capacity Western Digital Passport external drives.
We started with one 250GB external drive and then purchased one more. But one of the WD 250GB drives went bad recently when we tried to stop a backup in progress.
So, today we rushed over to Best Buy and got ourselves a new 500GB Western Digital external drive for $119.99.
These drives come in several colors including blue, black and white.
Weighing about 0.40 pounds (0.181kg), the Western Digital 500GB drive works with both Windows and Mac computers.
The unit draws power from the USB cable (included with the drive) that connects to the computer. In case you are curious, the interface is USB 2.0.
The drives are so compact that you can easily slip them in your pocket or purse.
There’s a three-year warranty on the drives. That should make you cheapo desis happy.
The folks at Western Digital claim that the 500GB drive can hold up to 142,000 photos or 38 hours of video or 125,000 songs.
By the way, we’ve never used the software that comes with the WD drives.
We’ve always used our old, trusted friend Drive Image software for backup. Drive Image lets you copy one drive to another or make a backup image.
Irrespective of whether you prefer Drive Image or some other backup software, you’d be a fool not to backup frequently because all hard drives go bad (the question is not if but only when).