Need a 8TB 3.5 drive to use for backing up and storing photos

The user has a CRU drive enclosure that supports 8TB drives.  They need a quiet and reliable 8TB 3.5 inch drive to use for backup and storage of photographs.  The only activity the drive will have is when incremental backups run.  They connect it with FireWire on an iMac.

They previously have used Seagate 8TB BarraCuda Pro SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal.

However, there are just too many bad reviews on Amazon.

What good drive should they buy?

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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Surely don't buy only at least two...i have all kind of crazy stories about HDD reliability from my personal experience...that i would even recommend 4 x 4 Tb just to be certain ...and not all at one place...
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
We've been using WD Black as backup targets for years now. For the most part they've been very reliable.

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OS X supports software RAID1, so best thing to do is buy two drives and mirror.  Two of the cheapest SATA disks you can find in a mirror will provide higher mean time before data loss than the most expensive SATA disk you can find

Having said that, since photos are involved the. You should also buy Apple iCloud backup to deal with human error

Personally, I would get the Apple product if you get one disk and buy the AppleCare option for warranty replacement.  Then when (not if) it dies, you’ll be covered
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