Backup drive for photos

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by alphaod, May 5, 2010.

  1. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    There will be some rough handling, so I wanted some opinions.

    Right now I have 2 options:
    160GB Intel X25-M
    500GB 5400RPM HDD

    The reason for these two options is I own both.

    I feel the SSD would be great as it offers great durability (especially the rough handling). The drawbacks is (1) the capacity is kind of low, and (2) it's a terrible waste because the external enclosure won't be that fast.

    The HDD on the other hand offers a ton of space and the performance is very good. However the durability will be a bit lacking, especially if the enclosure is moved when the drive is powered on.

  2. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    If there is rough handling, I would go for the SSD.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    " there is rough handling, I would go for the SSD."

    The only problem with this is that photos will EAT UP disc space in time.

    My suggestion is the opposite:
    Get the 500gig 2.5" drive, and the "most protective" enclosure for it that you can find. And then put _that_ enclosure into an external, protective case.

    I could be wrong and I'm sure others will correct me, but I wouldn't be surprised if 2.5" "laptop" drives were designed with "rougher handling" in mind than "desktop" drives that [presumably] won't be handled as much.

    The final suggestion is to modify your "handling" as much as possible to protect the drive.

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