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Basic computing 101: back up your data.


I learned this lesson the hard way in the past.
 

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Most of us truly feel your pain.


All drives fail eventually - ALL. Most of them fail within a couple of years with a significant percentage failing much more rapidly than that.


Given the low cost of drives, the excellent availability of good redundant solutions (raid, jbod, unraid), and the high cost of reripping/transcoding hundreds of movies, it makes no sense to not have some sort of backup. For smaller files, there are several good internet-based backup solutions (even emailing files to yourself via Gmail or similar).


I am using Unraid ( www.lime-technology.com ), software for the three drive version is free. If you want something less intensive, just buy an external drive and do a manual backup once in a while.


As olyar15 says, consider it a lesson.



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Feel you pain.


Like others said USB external drive might be a permanent backup solution.


I don't trust DVD backups anymore.


At some point some of them became unreadable.
 

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The fact is, nobody is equipped to do true backups in the home. I say this as someone with a lot of $ invested in high-end RAIDs, redundant power, etc.


I haven't picked a successor yet. My worksheet, feel free to continue: http://richardberg.net/CloudBackup
 
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