got a new 1 terabyte hard drive for Christmas, to replace
the 500 gigabyte drive in my old laptop (which was over 90%
full). So now I can move the old 500gb drive into my
computer backup rotation.
Previously, I had a 100gb and a 250gb backup, but now the
100gb is too small to hold all my genealogy and family
I like using the compact 2.5" laptop drives for backup,
because they can be stored in a modified DVD case. I can
make a cover page describing the contents, and a backup log
showing the dates. I keep one at home and another at my
mother's house, a few miles away.
To make the hard drive fit, take a standard DVD case (slim
cases are too thin) and cut out the plastic hub which fits
into the hole of a DVD. Make the hole about an inch bigger
than the hub, but be careful not to damage the outside
plastic film that holds the cover page..
Next place the hard drive in a regular 3.5" x 6.5" envelope
and seal it up. Then tape over the seal for surety. Fold
down one end of the envelope, so the drive fits into the DVD
circle, and tape in place using mailing tape.
Take the fold of the envelope and cut off the top 1/8" so
the drive can be easily removed and inserted. But make sure
there is enough fold left, so that the envelope remains closed
when the case is closed, and the drive can not slide out if
the case is turned upside down.
I like the DVD cases that have tabs on the left to hold an
insert page, and use that for my backup log. If a blank case
doesn't have that, I just go through my DVD collection and
swap out a suitable case.
For the cover page, I have a 5 generation picture on the
front, and details about individual file folders on the back.
My genealogy program and how to install it, my family tree
folder, family picture folder, my documents folder, and when
there is room I backup our music files.
There is also a note that this is not the only backup, if it
is found after I'm gone.