If you don't ALREADY have a backup of the drive, you're living on borrowed time. In the case of my DJ friends, both drives contain the same songs, videos, and other files.. That way, if one takes a dive, the other remains. And EVENTUALLY, an external drive will die. If your files are extremely valuable, a third backup might be the way to go as well. Personally, I've found external drives to be temperamental and I choose to mount the drive internally instead, if at all possible.
Either way, the backup suggestions still stands.
Hope this helps.
I have a Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme 1.5TB external drive which currently has about 750GB of movies and music on it. I am reformatting the drive to FAT32 so I can hook it up to my PS3 to watch the movies on the tv.
What I am wondering is what is the best way to back all that media up before reformatting the drive?? I looked into online backup, but it seems like many of them wont back up external drives or wont do files over 1 or 2GB (which many of my HD movies are).
I was thinking about moving everything from my drive to a friend's external drive and then moving it back after reformatting. Is there a better way? can I hook an eSata cable up between the two drives and xfer that way if they both have eSata, or does that only work from HDD to computer to HDD? Should I/Can I compress everything into a zip file first and then just unzip once its moved back?
I have Windows 7 64bit if that helps.
Any help would be appreciated thanks.