Thrifty Thursday: Need cheap insurance for data? Stock up on these high-capacity drives
posted Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 1:46 PM EDT
I am widely known in my friend/work circles as a complainer when it comes to storage: I never, ever have enough. I'm running two huge RAID arrays on my desk right now, and I'm almost filled (that's 40+ TB of total storage). As a video guy, constantly living in fear of running out of storage on my working drives is extremely stressful and is always on my mind. So why when I see a raging deal on long-term storage options, I jump on them. Today that's at Amazon with a very good deal on Seagate USB 3.0 hard drives. You can nab a 3TB drive for just $76, or do what I do and get several 8TB drives for $150. They're formatted for Windows out of the box, but can be reformatted for Mac if you're into that.
This kind of drive isn't what I would recommend for daily use or even repeated read/write. They are best suited, in my opinion, to being used as a second backup and placed on a shelf in case of emergencies. These drives are slower and obviously lower end (hence the price), and if you get the drive, run a reliability test on them and if that comes out green, you should be good to fill it and shelve it. There is a warranty on these drives, but it's only for one year. I recommend backing these up redudantly in case of any failure.
All that said, it's really hard to beat this kind of pricing for that kind of huge storage capacity. It's a really good deal by most any metric.