External hard drives are an implied new storage medium for audio files of greater resolution that 44.1-16
Has anyone tested the stand-alone hard drive systems for longevity? It seems to me that, once again, there is a stampede toward an untested storage medium because we want so badly for it to work.
We all have had near-death experiences with failing hard drives. What makes one that plugs in any less vulnerable?
There was a flurry of postings a while ago which included some from a person who had been involved in manufacturing these. I can't find a citation for it but perhaps some reader can.
Some feel that putting the drive on a shelf rather than running it continually will preserve it better. Anyone ever hear stories about low-mileage cars kept on blocks for a year or so? They are a repair facility's annuity.
If we have problems with magnetic media alone, why would the same technology be successful if it is also dependent on moving parts.
Test, test, test.
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