What should I get that is reliable?

Primary Backup 2.5" Drives

  1. Western Digital My Passport
  2. Seagate Expansion
  3. your suggestion

Secondary Backup 3.5" Drives (REQUIRES POWER SOCKET)

  1. WD Elements
  2. WD My Book
  3. Seagate Expansion
  4. your suggestion

Primary Backup will consist of each drive being its own category [e.g. D1. Personal Photos + Videos D2. Business Files D3. RAW Video Footage].

Secondary Backup will consist of all of the drives in one [e.g. D1, D2, D3 backed up on the secondary backup drive].

Can someone suggest to me what external hard drives I should get for 'Primary Backup' and 'Secondary Backup' or if I should get two of the same drives for my Backup instead of getting the 3.5" drives?

-- I do not need a server yet --

  • If that's the way you want to go, just get 2 of the same kind/capacity and just mirror/sync them. Otherwise, I'd start to look into RAID options or a NAS. – user1691 Sep 3 '19 at 14:35
  • Should I stick with the 2.5" drives rather than the desktop type drives? – Eric Sep 3 '19 at 14:53
  • I would suggest 2 of the 3.5" type, of whatever size you need (ie - 8TB x2). The WD or Seagate are both good options. If you don't need that kind of space, and don't want to have to power 2 drives from an outlet, go for the portables. – user1691 Sep 3 '19 at 14:58
  • WD or Seagate? cannot decide which one as they both have pros and cons. What's your opinion on it? – Eric Sep 3 '19 at 15:15

Choose WDC. It's best nowadays in terms of reliability according to https://github.com/linuxhw/SMART#hdd-by-vendor

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