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Old 03-03-2009, 06:41 PM   #8
Michael Beloved
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Since the price of the external drives have decreased, it only makes sense to dump any old ones and install one or two new ones. If the information on the old one is needed, then usually the manufacturer may have recovery disc or other technology to retreive the information from it. But if that information is in the main system, your best bet is to get a new external rig and set it up to back up afresh.
It is not worth the headache to fool with the old stuff which malfunctions, unless you really have to retreive something that is on it.
Usually they should run silently or have a quiet hum. Once an external back up makes noises, it becomes suspect and is just not worth the bother.
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