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Sander Rossel wrote:
Most of my data is on an external HD, which I really hope never dies on me Dead | X|

Be careful, electronical items that are not used for a longer period of time, and HDD's in particular, will fail. (Continual use is actually better for electronics than periods of disuse, - pretty much the same theory as for million mile taxi's.)
Unlike car engines though, electronics for some reason left disused will eventually just fail, and no: not sorta work or just drop a few sectors, it'll just not work at all, and unlike engines there's no flushing the oil and fuel line fixes.

So if you've stored a bunch of not very often used stuff, photo's, movies, music etc on an external HDD, and perhaps left that HDD in the cupboard for say a year or two (y'know, always meant to but never got round to lookin at it), there really is a high chance it's all gone. More so if there's a relatively wide temp and/or humidity range over the year(s). The pixies have bolted, the smoke is gone. (bin watching AvE & Hydraulic Press Channels on utupe.)

Best is if you have such drives, either do regular checks, or even easier/better (as someone else suggested) jam them in a NAS and leave them spinning.

As OG mentioned HDD's are cheap, set up the NAS to RAID so there's automagic redundant duplication; should a drive fail crush it and get a new one. What's a 4TB drive over there now? <100 euros? <50 on special? From new left spinning easily good for at least 3 years.
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