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whats the difference between mybook and elements?
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whats the difference between mybook and elements?
Mybooks are bestbuy exclusive I beleive. One of the reasons they do this is so they don't have to pricematch an element
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Mybooks are bestbuy exclusive I beleive. One of the reasons they do this is so they don't have to pricematch an element
No, Easystore is Best Buy's exclusive, which is equivalent to Amazon and other stores Elements series. Mybook is its own series with hardware encryption, can be a problem if the drive fails, or when you shuck it.
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No, Easystore is Best Buy's exclusive, which is equivalent to Amazon and other stores Elements series. Mybook is its own series with hardware encryption, can be a problem if the drive fails, or when you shuck it.
Also, MyBook has 3 years warranty, while Elements/Easystore only 2.
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plenty of scary stories about hardware encryption...
btw, is WD now competing with SEAGATE on who has the worse quality/support?
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Also, MyBook has 3 years warranty, while Elements/Easystore only 2.
I don't know an-y-thing about these external hard drives & you sound knowledgeable so I gotta ask...what should I get as a momma who just wants all my lil boys photos & videos over 6 years now since birth (so A LOT!) put saved somewhere safe not on my phone, a cloud app, or a tiny lil card like some are now. What should I get & that's not an exorbitant price point??
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No, Easystore is Best Buy's exclusive, which is equivalent to Amazon and other stores Elements series. Mybook is its own series with hardware encryption, can be a problem if the drive fails, or when you shuck it.
I don't know an-y-thing about these external hard drives & you sound knowledgeable so I gotta ask...what should I get as a momma who just wants all my lil boys photos & videos over 6 years now since birth (so A LOT!) put saved somewhere safe not on my phone, a cloud app, or a tiny lil card like some are now. What should I get & that's not an exorbitant price point??
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I don't know an-y-thing about these external hard drives & you sound knowledgeable so I gotta ask...what should I get as a momma who just wants all my lil boys photos & videos over 6 years now since birth (so A LOT!) put saved somewhere safe not on my phone, a cloud app, or a tiny lil card like some are now. What should I get & that's not an exorbitant price point??
If you are not very knowledgeable about technology, regular backups and so on it is best to use a cloud provider (google drive, apple icloud). You are guaranteed to not lose any data and they are easy to use. Even with years of photos and videos you are not likely to need more than a terabyte or so. These large external drives are probably an overkill for you and can fail so you will have to make regular backups onto another drive which can be daunting.
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If you are not very knowledgeable about technology, regular backups and so on it is best to use a cloud provider (google drive, apple icloud). You are guaranteed to not lose any data and they are easy to use. Even with years of photos and videos you are not likely to need more than a terabyte or so. These large external drives are probably an overkill for you and can fail so you will have to make regular backups onto another drive which can be daunting.
Darn. I was just hoping there was some way for me to put them somewhere I knew they were safe and didn't have to keep paying for my larger (and getting larger by the year) amount of storage I have to pay yearly for my Google photos cloud storage. Can you give me a suggestion for a smaller external hard drive that my videos and photos would be safe on that is reliable however not $300. If that's even possible?
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i need storage space with backup. can I shuck two of these and raid 1 them in a pc?
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Darn. I was just hoping there was some way for me to put them somewhere I knew they were safe and didn't have to keep paying for my larger (and getting larger by the year) amount of storage I have to pay yearly for my Google photos cloud storage. Can you give me a suggestion for a smaller external hard drive that my videos and photos would be safe on that is reliable however not $300. If that's even possible?
Electronic equipment tends to be sensitive. If you put it away and check after 5 years, there is no guarantee it will work. You ideally keep multiple backups, test them periodically and if one fails immediately replace the failed drive by copying from one of the working drives. To be ultra safe, some of the drives should be stored in different places off site to save data if one of the places is damaged or burns down. Using something like Google drive pays someone to do all of this for you. It is not just the simple equivalent of copying photos to a drive 😊
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I don't know an-y-thing about these external hard drives & you sound knowledgeable so I gotta ask...what should I get as a momma who just wants all my lil boys photos & videos over 6 years now since birth (so A LOT!) put saved somewhere safe not on my phone, a cloud app, or a tiny lil card like some are now. What should I get & that's not an exorbitant price point??
depends on how much data you have. I believe a lot. So cloud storage is not an option because of high recurring payments. This 18TB drive is not the best price point per TB, I would go for a 14TB drive for $200(best price point). Or if you don't need that much then you may choose any other drive that will match your budget, for example 5TB for ~$100(not the best price point also).
Another thing I would suggest is to buy 2 drives for backup. It might be pricey, but when you lose your only drive with photos you will think otherwise Smilie I actually have my photos backed up on 3 drives.
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depends on how much data you have. I believe a lot. So cloud storage is not an option because of high recurring payments. This 18TB drive is not the best price point per TB, I would go for a 14TB drive for $200(best price point). Or if you don't need that much then you may choose any other drive that will match your budget, for example 5TB for ~$100(not the best price point also).
Another thing I would suggest is to buy 2 drives for backup. It might be pricey, but when you lose your only drive with photos you will think otherwise Smilie I actually have my photos backed up on 3 drives.
I think you still need cloud for most important. If your house burns down 1% chance you will lose all your photos.

I have 113 gigs of photos and videos on my phone. All backed up into the cloud. Thats 33k photos and 1500 videos.

I guess I must be a low usage user
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Darn. I was just hoping there was some way for me to put them somewhere I knew they were safe and didn't have to keep paying for my larger (and getting larger by the year) amount of storage I have to pay yearly for my Google photos cloud storage. Can you give me a suggestion for a smaller external hard drive that my videos and photos would be safe on that is reliable however not $300. If that's even possible?
Prime Members get unlimited photo storage and 5gb of video, if you're already a prime member.

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Pho...3234696011
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