Internal Hard Drives and USB Hard Drive Docks for Backup

Just a few years ago, next to my desk you’d find a stack of CD-R’s or DVD-R’s that I would use for backup  Today, it’s a stack of Internal hard drives.  I initially purchased internal hard drives’s for use inside my Mac Pro, but since I’ve discovered USB drive docks, I’ve been using them to back up all the computers in my office.  They’re not ideal for long term archiving since every hard drive will eventually fail, but right now nothing matches the cost, storage size, and convenience of hard drives. 

Because hard drives are relatively cheap, I keep two backups of my most valuable data- things that can not be replaced, pictures, home videos, important documents etc.


Right now at Amazon, you can pick up a 2 Terrabyte drive for about $80.

I’d recommend either the:

Seagate Barracuda LP 2 TB 5900RPM SATA 3 GB/s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive $79.99
Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive $79.99

Use the a drives with a dock like this:

Thermaltake Sata HDD USB Docking Station $29.50

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