The last a victim of a lightning bolt that took out quite a few of my neighbour's PCs too, regardless of surge protectors.
Anyway, now while I'm waiting to see if my backup actually worked, I've become rather anxious about my data.
For my work, (DTP) I need maybe 1-2 GB of data (mainly text, few images). Plus maybe another 2 GB for the programmes, though the latter can be restored by reinstalling, tediously.
The OS, XP, maybe 4-8 GB all told.
Of course, when you have 100s of GB you find ways to use it. But that isn't critical data.
My PC is pretty long in the tooth and doesn't have SATA. That is a problem, as locally it's impossible to find new IDE disks, so I can only buy used, or if I'm lucky, unused old stock. (Please don't suggest EBay or Newegg, etc, I can't use them.)
I talked to my local hardware guru/repair guy about upgrading my PC and he said that basically all hard disks now run very hot and burn out in a year or two at best. He thought it was a bad idea to have more than one hard disk in a case as they're both likely to die from heat. He told me that I could get server grade disks for about twice the price which would be more durable.
SSDs were more reliable, expensive, and might last 5 years.
Cloud storage is useless with the flaky DSL I have.
So, is this others' experience?
I assume 5400 rpm run cooler than 7200. Are they in fact longer lived?
I do like having two disks, with external drives in case of the PC geting nuked. It's just too easy to put off doing backup when it's external though.
Maybe I could use a 64GB SSD (or 128 GB if I can afford it) as a system disk and a real disk as internal storage/backup.
Edited by Asp, 28 May 2013 - 11:28 PM.