moderated Re: if you were getting a new computer.

Tyler Wood


Yes, definitely a hard drive for my backup medium here.

The 3 2 1 approach is always a good thing – I can, for instance, highly recommend backblaze’s single computer backup service. It has been reliable, accessible, and utterly, wonderfully easy.




From: <> On Behalf Of Randy Barnett
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2021 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: if you were getting a new computer.


I agree with Brian... :) using a SSD for backup is not a good practice. Like he said hdd's give warnings of failure. But that is rare. I have drives that are creeping up on 10 years old and still work. Although I should probably retire them now that I think of just how old they are getting.

On 4/16/2021 7:40 AM, Alan Lemly wrote:

Richard's statement made me pause too. Conventional hard disk drives have been around since the mid 1980s and have gotten better, more reliable, and less expensive during that time. They are much more reliable as a backup medium as opposed to SSDs which are still evolving and expensive in my opinion.


Alan Lemly 


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From: <> on behalf of Brian Vogel <britechguy@...>
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2021 8:52:21 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: if you were getting a new computer.


On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 09:38 AM, Richard Turner wrote:

I would not put the files I value on an HD drive these days since the price of SSD has come down so far.


I really do not understand this statement, and I say that as a professional computer tech.

I personally prefer SSDs for OS drives just due to the speed factor, but definitely not for reliability or recoverability.  All of my personal backup drives are HDDs because they are very reliable (and have been for decades now) and will generally give you lots of warning signs before failure.  SSDs have a tendency to be very much like jump drives, SD cards, and similar in that when they decide to die they just up and die.  And I can definitely say that the cost of data recovery from SSDs (and other similar media) is far more expensive and less certain than HDDs.

I wouldn't even think of using an SSD as my primary backup media.  Until they become far less inclined to sudden death, and until data recovery probability goes way up and costs go way down, I'll use HDDs as backup media.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042  

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