Another dead hard drive

This workhorse has started making grinding noises. It was a drive that came out of a laptop that I upgraded to an SSD a few years ago.

Its making grinding noises

Since then I have been using it as an archive drive, something that I dump backups on and then put it in a fancy shoebox just in case a backup dies. Well, this is why you should ALWAYS have three copies for importance things:

  1. The working copy (the one you use)
  2. The on-site backup (or cloud backup)
  3. The off-site backup (or a second cloud)

I like to keep a fourth "archive" backup, this is a backup that isn't attached to a computer or network. A copy that will likely survive a massive EMP or CME.

This article was updated on August 19, 2021