Storage data on USB flash drive for extended time is a major mistake because I put ALL of my pictures on USB Flash Drive and put in the backpack for several months until I need it...All pictures ARE gone for no reasons...I managed to get all of my pictures back using recovery data manager program. I now put them on the spared hard drive instead.I'm thinking that even in a "cooler" (which won't prevent interior temperatures from rising, but only slow down the "rate of the rise"), platter-based hard drives may end up having problems -- due to the fact that they have moving parts and lubrication inside.
What I do:
I keep my most important backups on USB flashdrives, which I then place in a ziploc bag along with a desiccant to (hopefully) reduce humidity.
Then, I keep the bag inside the car interior (storage compartment in center console).
I've been doing this for around a year now, through the heat of summer and cold of winter, and the drives seem to be doing fine.
I'm thinking that the same strategy might work with a 2.5" form factor SSD as well.
Limited storage space, unless you're willing to maintain a "flock of flash drives".
But again, my intent is to protect only the most-important data from "home disasters".
The rest of it -- well, it's expendable...
I agree. At this point with having to back up 8TB of Storage, I would resort to an online cloud back up like Crashplan, BackBlaze or Amazon. (Of course with an Unlimited plan.) Placing your data inside of a car is not very secure, at least to me. Especially in NYC? Even if you're on a budget, a Cloud based option is still affordable. Just skip out on that cup of coffee for a day and you'll be set.I would use an onsite local backup and a cloud service like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive before resorting to using the trunk of my vehicle as a backup plan.
How about encrypting the data and then storing the media with a friend or neighbor? You can also store encrypted data on Dropbox. Or, emailing the encrypted data to yourself? Perhaps it's worthwhile to set up a special gmail account/address just for this. That way, Google does the storage and since you've encrypted it at 256 bit AES (or better), you are secure (practically speaking) and your data is available 24/7.I want a second place to keep my hard drives that is not my apartment. I'm going to use my car trunk. Any advice? I live in NYC and it gets hot in the summer. Should I put them in a lunch cooler?