As they say, you will eventually lose all of your files. Sorry for the upcoming wall of text. And that happened to me few weeks ago, with the only option of professional specialized data retrieval company trying to save some data, which i will do this week. I don't care about music and movies, i only care about my photos (the external hdd had my photos back from 98-99). I'm not a pro, the photos are mostly snapshots of friends/family, with the most recent ones (including pics of my family) still on laptop but still, they're treasured memories. So i'm currently in the process of gathering information about future backups and would like some opinions and experiences. I only have a laptop. I want 99% secure (i know there's always that 1% chance that everything will be lost) backup. I backup once a week (if we're talking about external hdd). I don't believe in cloud (call me paranoid, i can't help myself) and i don't feel like paying for cloud services on a monthly basis. Before i found out that the external HDD was going to be sent to the data retrieval company, i thought about NAS with RAID 1. I'm not an expert per se in those things, but i know my way around computers and am willing to learn. WDs My Cloud mirror or QNAP 268 were my preferred options, with the thought of upgrading to something with 4 or more slots in the future (the ability to access data remotely, with the option of hooking up the NAS to the TV making it a media center had me excited like a little boy). Now, with the additional cost of saving the data, wifey is not that keen on that big of a budget hit (prices in Croatia are higher than in the US, so we're talking about 50% of the average monthly salary for a QNAP with two 3TB red WD drives vs 25% for 2 external 2Tb HDDs). I'm not keen on, nor do i have the room for installing a dedicated server with racks. So i'm thinking about two external HDDs. All the most often recommended drives have a certain failure rate. Toshiba Canvio basics, WD My Passport Ultra, Samsung M3, Seagate backup plus slim. Reviews on amazon like "I will never buy another [name brand] disk, because i had 6 in the last 2 years and all failed" are not that reassuring. True, the 1 star negative reviews are like 5-10% of all reviews but i'm terrified of the option that both drives fail. Should i be that worried? Is it safer to get A) two of the same external HDDs, B) one e.g. Toshiba and one WD or C) two red WDs with enclosures bought separately? I don't carry HDDs around, they are stationary, in a drawer (dry, no shaking, room temperature). It doesn't matter if it's 3,5" or 2,5", though for convenience sake, it would be good if it doesn't need it's own power supply (i'm willing to forego this if 3,5" and a separate power supply device has a much lower failure rate). So, give me your recommendation/experience/advice. TL;DR: Failed external HDD. Probably lost most of my photos. Money is tight (when is it not?). Would like to hear recommendations for future backup (two or more external HDDs, NAS, sth else).