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    Aug 03, 2008
    Time to change a 6 year old external drive?
    The WD external drive I use for Time Machine backups is 6 years old. How much longer is likely to keep working and what is the downside of leaving it there until it breaks? Thanks for your advice

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    The downside of having only a single backup, whether the drive is 1 day old or 10 yrs old, is that you will be without a backup when that drive dies until you get a new drive and create a new backup.

    If that backup drive is still serving it's purpose, would suggest you get a 2nd drive and use it to create a bootable clone backup with either Superduper! or CarbonCopyCloner.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    Like how long is a piece of string?

    Whilst it works great. Now it has heard you are thinking of replacing it, get ready.........
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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