I'm interested in the thoughts and opinions of members here as I am far from PC savy:
Over the last 15 years I've had multiple laptop computers die on me, 1 desktop computer fail resulting in a full reboot (system and all files wiped) and a few USB/SD cards which have had some of their files become corrupted and inaccessible.
A few years back I was seeking a more competent, reliable method of storing my PC files in one convenient location as I was getting fed up with regularly loosing my important files due to corrupt/failed storage devices.
I purchased an external HDD with the expectation of being able to store my important files and have access to them 10+years down the track.
Perhaps this was very ignorant, wishful thinking on my part; however as you can probably see where this is going - this portable hard disk has recently suffered a failure and is now no longer accessible.
(It is recognised when I plug it into my PC, however it does not have an allocated drive letter and requires to be 'initialized' - which cannot be done due to a "hardware error".
An internet search finds that this seems to be a relatively common issue with this particular model of HDD.
With the majority of the tech support suggesting there is a small chance that the HDD can be restored to working order, although there is very little chance any data on the HDD can be restored.
Sad and frustrating as I had about 10 years worth of my photo catalogue on that HDD.
(1)As I continue to look through the internet for 'the fix' - is there any advice or previous experience you can offer?
Apparently the best chance I have of restoring the files on the HDD is to send it into a professional lab to be repaired.
I would prefer not to go down that path at this point in time.
(2)Secondly, moving forward what process/devices are advised when it comes to saving important files for the long term?
I understand I made a mistake in putting all my important files in 'one basket'; although I did actually have plans to make a backup copy of the HDD only a few weeks prior to its failure.
Should I purchase 2x HDD's to have a constant back up or 1x HDD by a brand who has a reliable reputation that will last a good decade+ ?
(3)I am looking at purchasing 2x 64GB storage devices (USB/SD cards) as means to back up my photo catalogue.
Are USB and SD cards more susceptible to becoming corrupted over time compared to an external HDD, or even compared to each other?
(4) I am also considering the option of purchasing a desktop PC. Historically speaking is an internal hard drive more reliable than a portable storage device?
I suspect your main advice will be always have a backup copy.
Yes indeed, lesson learnt.