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Hard drive crash. How do you react to this honestly?

You know whether it is the computer you work on for freelancing or just your personal every day computer, mac or windows, we all have valuable information stored on our hard drives. So i want to know how would you guys react to your hard drive crashing. What steps would to take for your computer after having to deal with some thing like that, would you run in to a lot of trouble trying to get your information back? Or are you the type too take action before any thing like that could happen like storing your information on a cloud or a back up hard drive? I would like to know.

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idealmike

Well that's a good question! And one I need to ask myself as well. I have a lot of things stored on my HDD that I don't have backed up anywhere else. Things like my sites files, login details, other important files, photos etc etc. I think it would make sense to act first before it happens, if it happens, in case it does, and backup my files either to another external HDD, USB drive or even to a cloud backup. I do have a couple USB drives somewhere but they are only small sized ones I need to get a 1TB one or something. They're really cheap nowadays so there's no reason not to get one and there would be no excuse not to if my HDD did crash and probably would end up wishing I did!

What's a good online cloud backup solution jkeyz?




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MusicMoguls

yea your right your best option is to make sure you take a good head start in making sure all your data is backed up you can never really e too safe, umm but i would recommend an external hard drive trust me that is always your best bet, a hard drive is way more reliable then a USB well i can only speak for myself but i would put my trust in a hard drive first and if your looking for some thing with a whole lot of space a USB might not be what you should be looking for.




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procoder

Hmm.. I don’t know how I would react in such cases, but this is something bad and inevitable that could happen in any time, so to prevent data loss I'm using external hdd to keep all my data safe, also I’m using separate internal hdds just in case something happen. However, depends of type of crash because most of crash errors are recoverable but it’s better to keep backups of your data on external memory such as usb,hdd, or even online storages.




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MusicMoguls

separate internal? your computer has more then one internal hdd thats great man you are thinking really out side the box now , not too many people have that mind set you know and it is good to see some one take good pre caution in backing up there data i know a lot of people personally that do not even have there data backed up at all so i know if that system fails them they are in for the worst unfortunately it feels good to see others making sure they are taken care of , definitely back ups will always be a go to for sure




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procoder

Yes, i'm using 3 separated internal hdd, in two of them i have stored my data and some useful backups that i've created,and the main hdd has only the operating system on it. I have so many files stored there and the only way to keep them safe is to use separated hdd.




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Cristian

I have a 750gb HDD connected to my router as a personal cloud. Keep everything I don't want to lose on that HDD. I also store my important files on my SSD as well as my SD phone card. I have additional backups on a dropbox.
Now that I think about it, I may have to many backups ... lol

Anyways, I wouldn't care much, as I said, I have backup and things crash from time to time.




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MusicMoguls

that is smart i would of never thought of attaching a HDD to a router as a personal cloud to honest i was not even aware you could do some thing like that, 750 gb huh? that is actually a great amount of space ii know you can back up pretty much anything and everything im curious to know how much you paid on that did you happen to get a deal any tips on buying a new HDD , i would love to hear more about the specs on it. well either way looks like your back ups are good to go and that is great




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Cristian

Well, I bought a router that supports USB 3.0. The HDD I already had, I've recently switched from HDD to SSD on my laptop, so I had no daily use for old HDD. Bought a thing called "hdd rack" to connect the HDD to the router. The router also had special features and software that allowed me to create a cloud.
The best thing I've done recently it terms of personal IT.




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MendasDigital

I do my best to backup my data on more than one drive. If my source drive crashes I wouldn't bother trying to recover it's data, because you'll never know for sure that the entire file was actually recovered until you try to open it. I have thousands and thousands of files so clicking through and checking them isn't viable. To me it makes much more sense to backup, and in the event of a crash, wipe the drive, then restore from the backup. The only time I would try recovery from a crashed drive, is if it had data on it that I hadn't yet backed up.

The biggest problem I have is sticking to a backup routine. I know some people do scheduled automated backups, but I'm against that, because it means having your backup drive connected at all times, and that is not safe. Many such tools will even require the partition to be mounted! Especially now adays with so many ransomware attacks, in my eyes, the only time a backup drive should be connected physically to a computer is when either a backup or a restore is taking place.

Cloud backups are probably the future, but my internet connection is too slow for that Hard drive crash.  How do you react to this honestly? .




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ajlancer

Hi jkeyz2 thanks for your question. My computer hard disk was crash one time before coming as freelancer and it may when I was new computer user. That was my desktop and just 40 GB hard disk. And my first computer too. In that time I have no special importance documents. But, I was used to watching move and listen music. On my computer hard disk over 35 GB was such kind of entertainment files and I have collected over some years from here and there. In that time those may more importance for me. So, when I see my hard disk was crash, I just got express surprise and hand rise up over my head. And going to dump for few moment. Really it was shocking for a teenager.

Regards by Ajlancer




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ssam

Recently when I was using windows 10 which was having all my important software were install on it,but suddenly something happen that I also every thing, just able to get important files.

It is recommend to have 2-3 backup of your files and backup of your Operation system.




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Lynne

In 2011 I had a laptop and a pc. I was doing freelance bookkeeping using Quickbooks and I had a good number of companies I worked with.

In February 2010 (yes year end... bookkeeping... eeekkkk) both my laptop and my pc died on the same day. I lost a huge amount of work and it was incredibly upsetting. I did have backups but not recent ones. Plus when I tried to retrieve my backups I was told by Quickbooks that I hadn't upgraded so I didn't have any support from them... anyway there were a lot of problems.

Yes I eventually managed to sort everything out but it was a terrible time for me.

After that experience I started using Pastel Online and Dropbox. I no longer have anything saved on my pc or laptop, it is all cloud based.




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Corzhens

The hard drive of our home desktop crashed earlier this year. It was a heartbreaking incident that made me panic. And since it was the system disk that was ruined so we had to create a replacement. It's a good thing that we have spare disks so we were able to install the OS. With the contents, we have an archive so lost data, if ever, was very minimal.




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