31/05/2020

Do I need to replace old backup hard drives?

I’ve got quite a bit of data that I value, and it’s been backed up on some 1 to 2 TB drives for quite a few years now – I don’t even know how many, but it’s between 3 and 5 (I have a hard time remembering facts like this – guess I could go look for receipts, which I might find if they’re digital : )

Should I consider ever replacing my ‘aging’ backup hard drives due to ‘old age’ ? or is there another way to prevent an unexpected disc error without ‘prematurely’ buying new hard drives. It is quite a few hundred dollars to replace 3 or 4 one to two TB drives….don’t want to do it more than is necessary.

BTW – my drives are not in RAID configuration right now. I’ve been backing up with file copies (I know – very unsophisticated, but this has been my ‘legacy’ process – haven’t evolved to RAID yet : )

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