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What's the cheapest reliable method of backing up my data?

Ballparking from your backup plan (12 GB working set, weekly backups, retention of three months), and assuming full backups rather than incremental backups, you need about 150 GB of storage, rather ...
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What's the cheapest reliable method of backing up my data?

I've had good luck with Seagate Barracuda drives. You can get a 1TB bare drive for $50 on Amazon, or go all the way up to 5TB: Note that there are reports that Barracuda drives could be unreliable. ...
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What's the cheapest reliable method of backing up my data?

For super portable backups, I always recommend a Western Digital Passport. They come in a few different capacities and colors and you can choose an optional "grip" to make it quieter when it's laying ...
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Seagate Hard Drive RPM

I'm sorry I don't have a source on this as it's more of a result of long experience in the industry than anything else I can really point to, documentation-wise (so if someone else comes along with a ...
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HDD vs SSD for semi-frequent backups

Assuming price is not a concern, neither one has much of an advantage over the other for your purposes. A powered-down laptop hard drive is reasonably shock-resistant: the 500g rating is roughly ...
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Seagate Hard Drive RPM

This questions has already been answered but here is concrete information provided from seagate. I also agree with the answer. Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 1.58.13 PM.png
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Are portable 2.5 inch external hard drives more prone to internal damage?

any size drive will have the same size and plastic making up the SATA connector (power and data). Or SAS connector. Unless you break that connector, which 99% of the time is poor user judgement ...
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Alternative to lead-acid computer battery backup?

Lead acid batteries in the typical office level UPS are Valve-Regulated Sealed Lead Acid (VRSLA) and as such do not release any fumes unless something is wrong. If the unit is overcharging, the ...
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What is the best support to store data long-term?

I am not sure if you will get all the listed requirements, usually if you want something cheap you will sacrifice elsewhere. That being said, you should look at 'MDisc' as a backup medium, also '...
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How can I use two USB external hard drives by mirroring both like RAID 1

You might look for a 2-Bay USB HDD case, for example the LOGILINK UA0154A. There are plenty of casings around, see Google Shopping, but this depends on the size of your disks (2,5"; 3,5", ...). I ...
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Small bussines Server

Not sure how opposed to used things you are and/or where you live. I've taken the liberty of converting 1500 euros to 1750 USD. If you're willing to manually instal the requisite software and don't ...
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Small bussines Server

I will offer you to check those devices: Synology DiskStation DS918+, Qnap TS-453A-4G. They support all you want. If you have bigger needs for disk space you can check next models Qnap TS-653A-4G, ...
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low power computer I can use for DIY NAS with Crashplan

I ended up keeping the Intel CS125, and just returned the 4TB drive, as I technically didn't need that much space yet. For now 2TB will be fine. But after talking with Intel support, they suggested ...
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Cheap, modern tape backup drive?

You don't specify a price range, but your use of the word "cheap" implies you looked at what's commercially available and were shocked by the fact that even low-end tape drives run around $2000. I'd ...
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What's the cheapest reliable method of backing up my data?

DVDs come in various varieties*, for example DVD-R (RW) 4.7GB (4.4GiB). Using these for important data (backed up very week/month) alongside atleast 2 separate Hard Disks (possibly with at least ...
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What's the cheapest reliable method of backing up my data?

There are plenty of good answers already. Let me sum up and add my experience: use hard disks, not tapes use actually magnetic HDDs no SSDs (not only a question of cost, but also long-term storage, ...
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