So almost exactly 11 months after my last hard drive failure, it’s happened again. And “sucks” would be an understatement. Thankfully, after last time, I regularly back up this 1.5 Terabyte drive (which was roughly 90% full). I back it up to a network server (Buffalo Terastation) which has reliably served me for 3+ years now.
Even with the backups, I don’t have everything I had 2 weeks ago. It had so much on it that a full backup/sync took roughly 24 hours. So my regular schedule was to backup photos every day, and everything besides movies on a 2 week basis. The movies are gone, and that’s a shame.
Also, file server access is 8-30 times SLOWER than the USB drive. So any work I need to do right now is PAINFUL!
Going forward, I’m still painfully waiting for Apple to release a new Mac Pro. eta is next January I hope. Once I have that, I’ll have 3TB of raid 10 storage internally, 1.5 TB of external USB storage backing up daily, and 1.2 TB of file server storage backing up probably weekly. That’s 4 copies of everything I care about, and I’m looking into a 5th copy, stored somewhere I don’t live.
Until then, I’m probably going to have 2 USB drives along with the file server. That should keep me from needing to use the file server directly.