Yes, the external hard drive could indeed fail. As you know,
by Kiddpeat - 5/6/06 6:23 AM
In Reply to: Choices by taboma
that's one of the things hard drives do for us. The bet is that it won't fail at the same time as the computer's internal hard drive. Therefore, the data will survive on one of the two drives.
Any storage device can fail. That's why you should always have at least two copies of everything.
I haven't seen anything regarding the testing of DVD longevity. There was some stuff on CDs that listed Taiyo Yuden (sp?) as one of the best. I have since heard that Taiyo Yuden is good if it was manufactured in Japan. How you know that is a mystery to me. I do have some Taiyo Yuden gold. The brand name, if you believe it, is MAM-A. It sounds like a bargain basement special. I have both DVDs and CDs made by Taiyo Yuden, and use those for backup. I'm guessing that, if their CD is good, their DVD will also be good.
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