Daily people ask about RAID 5 as backup, and most here including myself wouldn't consider a RAID a backup of anything. A "BACKUP" is a separate disk preferably stored off site. So I've never even bothered with RAID. Well, I had a HDD go down, but thankfully I had my offsite backup (offsite in case my apartment burns down). Well.... that offsite backup is dead.... I've tried ccc to pull any data I could off it and was going to try all the other disk repair (i.e. disk warrior, etc..) programs out there when I was turned on by an IT friend to SpinRite, the PC BIOS program. After reading reviews it appears to be the most powerful tool available to recover data (please correct me if needed). SpinRite started crawling through at a snail pace of 2000hours for a 2TB drive. Online it sounds like this can be the case with 6months being the record, but apparently it has restored said hard drives. At 3.8% the time remaining shot up to 20,000hours and eventually there was a critical error. Obviously I would love any feedback on how else I could restore this data, but even more importantly this SpinRite process has taught me about the need for a HDD to be "exercised" every so often or else they can develop bad sectors. So what does that say about our offsite backup strategies? Can we trust HDDs we put away for storage? What should we do to properly store out data. It would be terrible to see all those photos gone someday.