Carbominte looks very interesting indeed.
One bit, and one bit only which bothered me was thi, in their FAQ:
How often does the service back up my files?
Carbonite automatically backs up your files every time they change or when a new file is saved to your computer. You don’t have to think about it or remember to do it. There is nothing new to learn, just download the software and Carbonite does the rest. Most Online backup providers allow you to schedule a back up or they back up once a day. That is convenient but risky. What if your PC fails before the scheduled back up?
That sounds as if they take away the option to choose own schedule … now there’s no way that i would be wanting backups to be happening at the same time as I am recording or mixing something. I’m one those who does not have a separate DAW
Another thought … we’re musician … our data files can be rather big.
Having said that, I am pretty sure that I will get a subscription with that or a similar company. Like you, I have been using external drive to backup. OK I have not had one go wrong on me YET. And I have been getting increasingly worried, and wondering just how many backup clones I need to make in order to feel safe.
Heck … look at Lenny … he’d gone for the peace of mind you can get by Raid - but his went down. he can give better details.
OKOK … about THIS USB Drive … here’s step by step for you up to the limits of my knowledge.
1: Is that USB port working? Put other things in that USB port and see if they work. If it’s a second USB external drive, that’d be the best thing to set the port with.
2: Check: did the USB drive in question need any driver software originally, in order to work with your computer? [and have you done any windows updates etc?]. My own guess is that there will have been NO driver problems, and that your disk would have simply been recognized as a ‘USB storage device’ immediately Windows has seen it.
3: I am assuming that when you plug it in, then lights and stuff come on and … and you can HEAR it spinning up to speed, or you can feel it vibrating up to speed?
4.1: have you tried connecting the Drive and the Computer with a DIFFERENT USB cable?
4.2: The USB cable you’ve got coming from your non working UDB drive … have you tried using that to connect a Different USB device? such as a USB Memory stick, or a camera or a printer?
After doing these tests, I would start wondering whether there was something wrong with your non working drive.
Open the case, and see whether anything in there makes any sense whatsoever. If it does not, then close the case up and take it to a shop where you can pay someone to ‘have a look at it’.
if it makes SOME sense, have a look inside your computer, and see if the way your internal disk drives connect with the computer is In Any Way similar to how the disk in your USB external disk housing connects up. If So, then Have you got a Spare Internal disk drive?
I.e., one that is sitting in a drawer somewhere?
If so, then put it on the table next to your opened usb drive.
How similar do they look? If they look very similar indeed … ie identical … then
Do you reckon you could, with a screwdriver, and a small bit of jiggling and pulling plugs, REMOVE the USB drives Hard Disk?
If not, then close it up and take it to the shop.
If so … Remove it.
Two Tests you may now make:
Fit your known-to-be-working spare hard Drive into the USB Drives housing.
1: If it does not work, then you KNOW that your USB Drive enclosure had broken, so you are to get a new enclosure. Having done that, Install the hard disk in question, into it. All should be well.
2: Take the drive you just removed, and fit that into your computer, to see if that works [note if is DOES work … then if you’ve got space, simply copy its contents to some part of your computer. My reason for saying is: If you’ve got this far, then you are Fiddling and Twiddling, with a unit which is part of a system which has problem. TAKE NO CHANCES on anything is my advice. Overkill, yes.
On the subject of ‘taking no chances’ … if you have any qualms about fiddling and twiddling either before or after you first open it up to have a look, then just take it to someone who ‘knows what they are doing’.
QUESTION TO ALL:
On the subject of fiddling and faddling … could someone say how crucial it is to protect against STATIC ELECTRICITY? When opening the computer and messing in that, I make sure that I and everything else is connected to Earth. Do we need this precaution when working outside the computer on a USB drive Housing?
OK, Doug … that’s the best I could come up with after thinking through it.
All the best