I’m going to apologize in advance. This post may make you uncomfortable. I try to keep things relevant and useful in this little space. And, that’s exactly why I’m telling you why you need a home back up and storage solution today. Learn from my mistakes, grasshoppers.
Disclaimer: This post contains shopstyle/amazon links that may earn me a few pennies towards a future purchase if you click on them. I only link to products that I personally recommend. You’ll notice that Seagate isn’t included.
Before our trip to celebrate my mom finishing radiation, my husband picked up a portable Seagate hard drive for me to take. I typically use the larger WD external hard drives (that require external power) so I was excited to have a more compact option.
The Seagate drive worked beautifully while we were gone. I had no problems downloading my pictures onto it, accessing them, and I even used it a few times after we got back. A few months ago, I sat down to start editing them. My computer wouldn’t recognize the drive. It would click but nothing would happen.
I reached out to my computer genius friends to troubleshoot it. No luck. I took it to Best Buy and MicroCenter, both of which needed $2,000 to try to recover the files. I decided to pay $50 to send it to Seagate Data Recovery Services for a diagnostic test and hopefully ($750) recovery. No dice. They sent me a replacement drive (thanks but no thanks) and a note that said sorry (not sorry). We can’t help recover your priceless pictures.
I was really upset; I was the only person who took pictures on this trip. My mom was counting on me to share our amazing pictures with her. I dropped off the drive with Ace Data Recovery on a Saturday. They called by midday Tuesday to let me know they could recover NOTHING from the drive.
You know what the worst part is? Seagate is in class-action litigation over this exact external hard drive because they fail at a higher than usual rate. I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT BEFORE I USED IT. Seriously, HOW and WHY are they still selling these drives?
Why You Need a Home Back Up and Storage Solution
Anyway. Now that I’ve given you that PSA about Seagate, let’s talk about why you need a Plan B. Simply put, technology fails. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ve stored all your memories on a piece of equipment that absolutely will fail. Eventually.
If you work in an office, you may or may not know that your files are (likely) backed up by a redundancy of systems. When I set up my husband’s office, I put in a system with multiple mirrored hard drives and the entire server is backed up to the cloud.
WHY WOULDN’T I DO THIS AT HOME?!
Because I’m stupid? Possibly.
Because I thought it was too expensive and unnecessary? Definitely.
Either way, I needed to change that and back up all of my files before all my external hard drives failed. (I live in a worst case scenario mindset. It comes from being married to an attorney.) Instead of opting for the Windows Server license set up, I decided to grab a QNap personal server. I installed two hard drives (for mirroring purposes) and backed it up to the cloud. No more catastrophic failures for me!
Why You Need a Home Back Up and Storage Solution: Setting it Up
- The QNap system was SO easy to set up. The hard drives were plug and play; screw them into the trays, pop them into the box, and plug it into the wall and the internet. Done in less than 15 minutes (which included locating a screwdriver).
- Once everything is connected, you login to the admin page, install the software, and let the system restart. This took me about 30 minutes from start to finish.
- I chose to mount the server in my favorites on my computer. The QNap software has several apps to help you copy your music files, organize your photos, etc., but I just went for organizing everything into folders. I started with the Seagate drive (which took over an hour) for obvious reasons. I haven’t backed up my music yet, but I’ll get to that eventually.
I’m really hoping this system will keep me organized and prevent any further technology glitches. It REALLY sucks that we have no pictures from our Christmas trip to Europe. And, it sucks even more because Seagate KNOWS they are selling a defective drive. Buyer beware.