@glitcher32 all hard drives die. What kind of capacities do you need? I’ve been using a Seagate Slim portable drive for years now with no issue but I and countless others have had issues with other Seagate devices in the past. Luck of the draw! If I had to choose a new drive today 1TB or less I’d probably go with a Samsung T5 just to switch to solid state. Far more reliable, and faster!
@jonah @glitcher32 I fully agree with the sentiment that hardware encryption should not be trusted, use software tools. FileVault is a fine option if you are on a mac, if not most linux distros come with very good whole disk encryption capabilities (arguably the best available options these days, their auth mechanism leaves piles of room for any number of schemes). Portability is always a question mark but, you can put anything in a VM these days, so that's really not a bother on an external.
@seven @jonah @glitcher32 Also, hardware encryption often fails when you need to plug your drive into different hardware. Even small changes in the bios can render your drive unreadable. Use open source tools like gpg or if you need on the fly decryption, try something like rclone, LUKS, duplicity, or duplicati.
I'm not really sure what they actually want me to put here, nor do I care. It's a random mastodon instance, that will likely change to whatever tech is decided to be the most useful at the time...