How stupid is this stupid hard drive question?
August 15, 2012 1:08 PM Subscribe
How bad an idea is storing my backup disks (hard drives in my car)?
posted by sully75 to Computers & Internet (17 answers total)
I'll keep this short.
I'm a photographer (not professional anymore but wicked seriouz). I'd like to be backing up my photos monthly to hard drives that I keep off site...in case of fire, theft, etc.
For quite a while I kept my hard drives in the trunk of my car, which lives on the street. Obviously there is a risk of theft, but I figured it was unlikely that my car and my house would get robbed the same night, so if I did lose my drives, I could still backup my computer.
Then someone mentioned that it does get painfully hot in a locked car in the summer. Yup. Hadn't thought of that one.
So...leaving a hard drive long term in the hatchback of a parked car, is that likely to do damage over the long term? It's just a convenient solution for me, I can keep the drive offsite enough that I figure a common accident would be unlikely to force me to lose both my computer and my backup drive at the same time, but close enough that updating it regularly is pretty convenient.
But if the drive is going to get destroyed (note: these drives stored like this have worked fine) I should probably find another solution.