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Hard Drive life, and backup drives

I have a few HD's that are nearing the 5 year mark, is that generally the limit in which I want to "rely" on them before I should buy a new one?

Basically, how frequently should I back up my data that is on my HD's? Basically just pictures and old documents and stuff.
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they could go tomorrow and they might last another 10 years. there's no telling until it starts misbehaving.
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Just find some programs that do it automatically. I have never purchased an external hard drive, and I might do it this holiday, but I would do it as part of a weekly/monthly routine and just save smaller stuff on thumb drives.
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they could go tomorrow and they might last another 10 years. there's no telling until it starts misbehaving.

The HD's have been "Idle" (as in the computer has been turned off) for the past 2 years, so not a lot of "work" on them. Any "rule of thumbs" that you go by on when to replace a new drive?
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Any "rule of thumbs" that you go by on when to replace a new drive?

When it starts making noise, back that shit up
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When it starts making noise, back that shit up

Valid.

However, there are examples where people don't even get THAT as a warning sign.
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Run a quicktech off a live cd and test the hardware.
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Valid.

However, there are examples where people don't even get THAT as a warning sign.

My 500gig western digital (With all my music!) suddenly died. good thing I could redownload it all
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My family owns a company that assembles rack servers... we've had multiple hard drive in massive RAID arrays fail together a month later after use. The best thing you can do is setup daily rsync's or build those drives into a RAID config.
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I have a few HD's that are nearing the 5 year mark, is that generally the limit in which I want to "rely" on them before I should buy a new one?

Basically, how frequently should I back up my data that is on my HD's? Basically just pictures and old documents and stuff.

hard drive tech is so cheap from 5 years ago. upgrade just because. backup onto a new drive then don't use it
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My 500gig western digital (With all my music!) suddenly died. good thing I could redownload it all

time to invest in a backup array. thats what i did, it may be slow, but i know my data is secure.

also.. setup weekly backups.
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