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10 Reasons not to use External Hard Drives

10 Reasons not to use External Hard Drives

By Aaron (376 words) | Posted in Common Sense on July 09, 2014

There are (18) comments permalink

So many people give the excuse of “I have an external drive” when told about RossBackup. However, when they’re paying upwards of $1000 to recover the lost information from their computer, I never know what to say. Maybe this list will help out.

1)      If it’s a real external drive you probably can’t access the information anywhere except from your computer. If it’s a thumb drive it can easily be misplaced or lost.  RossBackup allows you anytime & anywhere access and RossBackup isn’t going anywhere – just visit

2)      Fire? Flood? Disaster? An external drive won’t be very useful. RossBackup is ready when you are.

3)      External drives break really easily. Ironically they’re built for external use, but can’t be handled roughly. RossBackup will be there when you drop your computer.

4)      Power outage? Your external drive won’t be very helpful unless you have a laptop and even with a laptop you’ll have very limited options. RossBackup is easily accessible on your cellphone using cell service.

5)      Most external drives are not updated in real-time and the information stored is usually very outdated. RossBackup works on the fly. Change something? We’ve got it backed up.

6)      Power Surge? Your external drives will be in for a serious shock. RossBackup has no such power issues.

7)      How big is your external drive? 500 gigabytes? 1 terabyte? 2 terabytes? Your data adds up fast. RossBackup gives you unlimited Backup space. Seriously.

8)      A good quality two terabyte drive can easily cost over $130 with a shelf life of 2 years. RossBackup starts at $5 a month – and if you have a coupon even less.

9)      Got Speed? Even the fastest external drives clog up your memory and slow your computer down. RossBackup runs in the background. Quietly.

10)   Connection issues are common with externals. The USB plug breaks or worse the AC adapter. Good Luck getting a new one. RossBackup is there. It’s connected.

11)   Wait! This is the 11th one! In honor of my buddy Brian who has 11 Externals plugged into his computer. Got Clutter? Wires all over?  Go RossBackup – its hassle and clutter free!

Have another good reason to use RossBackup instead of an external? Put it in the comments. If I like it, I’ll give you a free year of RossBackup!

Comments (18)

Jenny Rand posted on: July 9, 2014

Well done. I have nothing to add except that I use an external and it makes funny sounds.

file storage sal posted on: July 24, 2014

Great post! I have been doing a lot of research on external hard drives recently, and this helped out a lot. Keep up the good work here!

VillianousJC posted on: August 11, 2014

How about the speed of RossBackup compared to my USB 3.0 external hard drive? TimeMachine on Mac also runs in the background and doesn't disturb you. And what if I want to recover files, that will hog up bandwidth in my house/office, or even worse, there won't be enough bandwidth for my recovery to go smoothly. Anyway, I have a copy of my hard drive in a safety deposit box that I update each month.

Admin posted on: August 11, 2014

VillianousJC - The Speed of RossBackup is unlimited - as fast as your ISP. Our transfer rates are phenomenal, and users have backed up and/or restored over 20 GB in an hour. According to our customers, RossBackup is much less of a hog than Time Machine (which is pretty good) and much better than any PC choices. Backing up once a month to a Safety Deposit Box is a doable solution. Using RossBackup is even better. Why not try our Free Trial and see for yourself! Incidentally, I'm sure you noticed that our support team is always on call!

Brian posted on: August 26, 2014

Some very valid points here in this post.
As a data recovery service, you would probably be surprised at how often external hard drives are dropped.
In many cases data can be recovered, and all is well. (Cost can be a factor)
However, there are times in which the external drive is dropped while running or dropped from an extreme height in which data recovery is very difficult and in some cases impossible.

Make a backup. And then make a backup of your backup.

Server Data Recovery posted on: October 22, 2014

Few days back my company performed a server data recovery because of some issue caused by an external drive.

MichaelHarvey posted on: March 6, 2018

Si nice to read this post it is so helpful to me.Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post

data recovery posted on: July 17, 2018

Nice one. I like it. thanks for sharing the information.

siri posted on: September 11, 2019

Really very informative helpful blog post!Few days back my company performed a server data recovery because of some issue caused by an external drive.

Freja Meza posted on: September 6, 2020

yes, now I know that why I should not use external hard drive. Thanks for writing & sharing this informative article.

Osama Zaheer posted on: August 10, 2021

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James posted on: September 9, 2021

Do you carry a refurbished external hard drive with you while travelling for backing up all the data?
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Freja Meza posted on: November 22, 2021

Thank you because you have been willing to share information with us. we will always appreciate all you have done here because I know you are very concerned with our.

rabia posted on: November 23, 2022

Sana Shahzad posted on: May 15, 2023

Thank you for your comprehensive article about external hard drives.

Sana Shahzad posted on: May 15, 2023

pelorustech posted on: April 17, 2024

I as of late needed to use an information recuperation lab administration, and I was floored by their incredible skill and proficiency. It's really wonderful the way in which they can recover apparently lost information and reestablish it to its unique state. Certainly worth each penny!

pelorustech posted on: May 21, 2024

Insightful article highlighting the drawbacks of relying solely on external hard drives for data storage. These reasons offer valuable considerations for implementing a more robust and secure backup strategy. Thanks for sharing this informative piece!

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