Solved Is it OK to SAVE history of Important Files to Flash drive?

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December 15, 2018 at 18:14:06
Specs: Windows 10, 4 gb
I keep getting Notification(s) in the Security and Maintenance section of Control Panel. "Save your file history to an external drive or HDD." I understand that my PC wants me to Backup all files.

I have many flash drives that I don't use anymore. I have emptied all flash drives by clearing their contents and scanned for any left over malware etc.

Can I save File History to flash drives OR should I save to something else?

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#1
December 15, 2018 at 23:18:07
Never save anything important to a flash drive. They are meant for transferring files or temp storage only.

Flash drives can and will go bad, it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when.


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December 16, 2018 at 05:53:40
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Flash drives are considered unreliable although I've used them for years without a single failure - even my first 128 MB one still works. However, a hard disk is the usual preference and it pays to back up very important stuff on at least two separate devices/media.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 25, 2018 at 10:09:06
#2Derek 12/16/2018.
Thanks a Lot for a Logic Answer to my Q!
"and it pays to back up very important stuff on at least two separate devices/media."

Now, PLEASE SUGGEST ME JUST ONE THING!
Can U please write a few Pros and Cons for having an External Hard Drive & HDD for BackUp of IMPORTANT Files and Folders for RETRIEVING later!!!

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#4
December 25, 2018 at 12:16:29
If you're looking for a backup strategy, I suggest burning all important data to optical (CD/DVD) media (at least 2 copies). The media and burner is cheap enough and when the media is stored properly, it lasts about as long as you will.

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#5
December 26, 2018 at 12:02:08
There is a lot to be said for copying to both HDD and CD/DVD as any device can fail.

A hard disk drive (HDD) can be either internal or external, although backup should be a separate one. I belive an external drive is the best bet because if necessary it can be copied onto another computer.

As already given CD/DVD arealso pretty reliable although I have had them fail due to label deterioroation around the edges. Bear in mind that the recording surface is just under the label which is why special pens are provided so that you do not scratch through the surface.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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