And since the use of one computer compared to another computer will directly impact the lifespan of the drive, there's no way to know if the drives "tend to fail at roughly the same time". If you're not planning to use them in a RAID array, i.e., you use them individually, then feel free to use drives from the same batches. I have seen on other forums as well where folks suggest using some type of application to help store data files (onto whatever source).I personally am going to store my data files on an external hard drive (plus an additional backup of some sort as you mentioned).In my case, I actually make TWO sets up backups using the disc types below: For permanent, long term backups, I'll recommend using DVD /-R discs which are not rewritable..Whether you choose DVD R or DVD-R is somewhat dependent on the preference of your DVD burner but R discs seem to be a little more universal currently.
I know I want the rewritable ones but what I'm not sure about is whether I should get the 1x-4x or the 1x-52x or any other one with different numbers. First, you'll need to tell us whether you want to use DVD discs or CD discs. If you only have a CD burner, you won't be able to use DVD discs..Most newer writers are 'hybrid' ones that support both " " and "-" versions.For technical details:* somewhat-technical-***-marketing details:* pid=bkuphm&lid=en it is extremely simple to use, and u can choose exactly which folders and even specific files u want to backup. Unfortunately, we've seen way too many external drives fail at inopportune times.. If you store/backup all your personal songs and pictures to an external drive and it dies, what's left..it also supports incremental backups (backs up files that have changed since last backup), diffeential backups (if u erase a file at the source (ur computer) it will automatically erase that file/s on the external harddrive the next time you run the backup.) this features can be turned off if you don't need them as well.trust me u'll be happy using both an external HD and this software instead of discs and any other backup software.... For most my clients where large amounts of storage are necessary, I recommend purchasing two such drives, making duplicate copies and storing one in a remote location from the computer.mid=0&sid=3&aid=12"More advanced" is only true if it works...Some of the original DVD burners, (I'll admit there aren't a lot of these older burners still functioning), did NOT recognize the DVD R discs and certainly would not work with RW style discs.. And although I also recommend using DVD discs is most cases, I have a couple of customers that continue to use DVD- discs simply because their burners work better with them..Be sure to buy a second external drive to backup the backup.. A recent story about a DJ friend who used a 1 TB external drive to store all his working songs and videos.. Luckily, most of the data was also on a work collegue's computer and he was able to restore his drives.. He purchased TWO new 1 TB drives and created duplicate versions on each drive. Grif I've purchased large groups of hard drives, with similar serial numbers, and they last "as long as they last", each one being a little different than the next. s a link to some backup resources from Microsoft, just in case: I personally backup to a couple different places: 1) Discs2) External HD3) Microsoft Sky Drive ( figure this covers my bases. I noticed that one of the posts above suggested a program (Frequently, there will be one or two drives which have immediate problems but generally, they will last years. The suggestion for having drives from different batches applies mostly for RAID situations, as all drives in a RAID array are expected to have the exact same load and usage. pid=bkuphm&lid=en) to use when backing up data files.Generally, using the term "always" is stretching it.. I recommend u buy an external harddrive and backup your important stuff there.Read some of the user comments in the CDFreaks link you provided above... there is a free full featured backup software called GFI backup Home edition 2009 that u can find here: