Photo Disk / USB Drive

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August 2, 2010 at 06:15:48
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.733 GHz / 2037 MB
I am wanting to scan my photos and place them on a Disk or Thumb Drive. Can you suggest as to the best solution to my task. I am scanning with not problem (That I know of) I am looking for advise to where to place the photos. I would like to add or delete photos from disk or thumb drive at a latter date... if that is possible. Thank you in advance... Ron

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August 2, 2010 at 12:56:16
I would think that a flash drive would be the worst place to store a file.
Second may be a cd/dvd but maybe the better or best place would be on a hard drive be it usb or internal.

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August 2, 2010 at 14:11:33
I agree with jefro, but you need to keep more then one copy.
USB drives are dirt cheap now and allow you to keep adding, but I would burn then to disk periodicly where they can't be accidently deleted or infected with a virus.
Disk only cost a few cents each, while your photos are irreplaceble.

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August 2, 2010 at 15:55:00
Actually the correct order of longest lasting/most available media is in the following order

Hard drive
Usb stick

The difference here is between transfer media [floppy disks/usb sticks] and storage media [tape/cdrw/dvdrw/hard drive]

Transfer media is for short term storage and assumes they do not contain the only copy of the file [though you should maintain copies of any importand files in more than one place]. Transfer media can die at any point in time and are unrecoverable.

Storage media on the other hand should last 5 to 10 years with CD/DVD being the best in that it is not effected by magnetic sources whereas tape and hard drives are.

Let's put it this way, after an EMP [electromagnetic pulse - usually the result of an upper atmostphere atomic explosion] the only media not affected will be cd/dvd media.

The moral of the story: transfer your pictures to DVD not usb memory stick.

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August 2, 2010 at 16:38:18
Your suggestions are very helpful. When placing photos on a Disk... what kind should I use. Remember... I am looking to be able to work with the photos at a later date, ie copy, delete, email etc. Once again... I say Thank You!

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