Hello, everyone! First of all, yesterday my gf dropped my external Seagate HDD (6tb) and now it makes two loud clicking noises when I plug it in but nothing shows up. It is dead. On that hdd there were all family photos and videos as well as documents (basically everything digital of value). In 2015. we also lost 2.5tb of data from another hdd and we could not recover it. There is a chance to recover data in service and we shall try it as soon as we gather some money to do so (I am from Serbia and data recovery is around $450-650 and I work for $320/month – which is average here).
Now, whatever happens to our data, I would like to ask you (considering that HDD’s here have around 30% higher price than in US and pay is waaay lower) how to proceed? I know I *have* to have backups in multiple locations/hdd’s and that is my bad that i haven’t bough two HDD’s but I simply do not have enough to do so. My mom is devastated once again and I will do everything from now on to stop losing our digital legacy again. Dad is angry because he does not understand how “I just lost our pictures *again”*. Please help.
Should I buckle up and get some credit from the bank to buy some HDD’s? Which ones? To put them in RAID or just to mirror it manually? What cheaper brands do you find best? Is there good cloud storage cheap and good for huge amount of personal data use? Please have in mind that with taking credit I can take around $1050 from bank minus recovery cost =~ $500. That’s my potential budget.