Re: Media Storage
Any amount of storage device you can get can and will eventually fail. Just buy some good trusted drives to hold your media. I've trusted a single 1TB to hold my personal recordings (which include stuff with my dad who isn't alive anymore) since around early 2009. I got a couple of 2TB drives in early 2010 that hold the majority of my movies and all of my game files. Buying any good Seagate Barracuda or Western Digital black/blue drive to store your media is about all the insurance you can get. The rest is up to managing the things around your drives.
1: Keep them cool. Make sure you have a good fan blowing over your drives in the case that houses them. This is a big deal, because hot drives die faster.
2: If the media is that important to you, buy a UPS battery backup. This is so power outages or browns don't deter the voltage going to your drives. A good UPS will give you enough time to shut down the computer in question, or you can program it to shut down for you.
3: Keep the computer housing the drives safe from others. Make sure nobody including yourself knock in to your computer while it's on. When the computer is on the heads are above the platters and any kind of hard knock can cause them to dip into the platters and cause damage. Thing to note, when the PC or HDDs are off the heads are not above the platters.
4: Continuation from #3, have Windows shut down the HDDs after inactivity. You can find this in the power profile section in the control panel. After 20 minutes or so Windows will shut down those drives so they aren't wasting power, can't get hot, can't be accidentially knocked in to, and reduces the on time of the drive extending the drive life. The only downfall from this is you have to wait for the drive to spin back up when you try to access it. Don't be alarmed, it will look like your computer froze but it didn't. Just give it time.
Bout all the advice I can give before getting expensive.
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