I've been hovering over this thread out of curiosity since it was posted since I find myself in a vaguely similar situation as I've just finished ripping all my CDs to MP3.
I even found a site/app that lets me store and stream them for free (not at original kbps though) since Google Play Music is no more and YouTube Music sucks.
Piggybacking here, speaking of SSD external drives (I know I'm mangling the terminology, I'm new to this), anyone have any recommendations for good ones...? Reliable and with a decent amount of space but not outlandishly priced? Knowing practically nothing about all this except that SSD is apparently better than regular external hard drives because of the no moving parts, I'd like to look into getting one sometime. I tend to hoard digital things... >_> I'm not familiar with many brands other than WD.
I got a new laptop earlier in the month and apparently rather than making hard drives bigger, they're making them smaller (and without CD drives
) but switching to SSD and expect people to store things in the cloud. I do that already but an offline backup would be good. I feel like I'm not backing my stuff up well enough, I want to do better.
And do things keep their metadata when stored on external drives...? I notice when I put things with metadata on flash drives it warns me it's stripping the metadata from some of them first. That would suck with all the work I've put into my MP3s.
For SSDs, they have (relatively) reasonably priced 1TB ones now ("reasonable" as in about $100 I think). As far as brands, the only brand I have long-term experience with is Samsung. I can give the Samsung SSDs a big thumbs up on performance and reliability.
Choosing an SSD is quite a bit more complicated than choosing a mechanical HDD because it depends on what you want. There are SSDs that look like this -
But these are the ones I use...
I like those because they're more convenient to use with an external dock.
I have this...
And I love it. Except if you use it with an SSD you will not get full SATA speed. Which is OK if you don't mind waiting a little while for transfers.
I have also used the Kingston ones....
Which appeal to me primarily because they're less expensive than Samsung (but a bit on the slower side and probably not as reliable (but I don't know about the reliability for a fact)).
Ummmm. As far as I know metadata should be copied along with everything else. I have never noticed song metadata (for example) being stripped when stored on external media. I wouldn't think this would be something that is supposed to happen, since digital cameras use flash cards and the metadata obviously is there.
I have only ever seen metadata get stripped when I specifically ask a program to strip it. Which is hardly ever. But don't take my word as gospel. I have a copy of my music library on a flash drive and all the metadata is there. What program are you using to transfer your files?