Solved Use extra hard drive to store CD info

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September 17, 2016 at 10:37:32
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Pentium D 925
It seems that one day (probably when my current PC dies) there will no longer be a CD drive (altho I could probably buy an external drive) on the new computer--I plan to continue using a Desk Top, but if forced to I could us a Lap Top. Since I have 960+GB on my hard drive it seems it would be a good idea to copy my CDs to unused hard drive space--since I do a complete back about once a month I would always have the CD's available to me.

Am I way off base or are there some problems I might encounter.

Just thinking. Thanks a bunch, Uncle Dewey


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#1
September 17, 2016 at 10:59:09
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Please tell us more about these CD's. Are they data, audio or what?

What you tell us could influence the answers

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#2
September 17, 2016 at 13:00:16
Personally I would recommend adding a second HD, I have always had 2, C is my OS & ALL my files, D is a copy of all my files.

Additionally, I have a WD Passport Backup that copies EVERYTHING on both C & D.

The chances of both C & D & My Passport dyeing all at the same time are somewhere between slim and none.

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#3
September 18, 2016 at 01:51:08
Agree with Martin post 2. Also you might look at the virtual CD approach?

Google for it and you'll see quite a few hits; including one from M$-land...

Edited per trvlr to correct error as advised by Derek in post 4.

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#4
September 18, 2016 at 05:22:01
trvlr

Post 3 is yours. Having said that we have something in common - I usually agree with my own posts too. Err... well not always LOL. I've been known to argue with myself and lose.

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#5
September 18, 2016 at 05:46:27
Oh dear... Seems my sekret is out "self approval at any chance...

Thanks Derek for pointing out my booboo...; have corrected it to read post 2 not post 3.

Goes off for a late lunch of fried radishes, lettuce leaves, and a cuppa...

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#6
September 18, 2016 at 10:55:30
Since I started this series of messages I guess I need to make a comment. We seem to be way off my original question. First, in the PC before this one I had two 250mg hard drives and I had a 250mg USB drive. I cloned my C: drive to my second hard drive and made a backup to my USB hard drive, which could be put away in a place save from fire, earthquake etc.

My current PC does not have a place to mount a second hard drive, although I might take a look and use two sided tape, or some other method, to mount it inside the PC--the connector is there.

However my question was should I prepare for the day when my PC does not have a CD drive. My thought was to put the CDs I have on my current hard drive which has oodles of extra space. Then when I have to replace my current PC, which in all probability the new PC won't have a CD drive, I could if/when needed copy the info that was on my CDs to a USB Flash drive.

A long time ago Derek asked what kind of info was on the CDs. I quick summary is: Installation disks; misc. program disks; data disks; recovery disks (no need to copy) I don't know why I should worry as my current PC is only two years old. My last PC was seven years old and needed a new mother board, I just decided I wasn't putting more money in to a seven year old PC when I can buy just the desk top "box" (keep keyboard/mouse/printers/modems/monitor/etc.) for a little more than a mother board.

I think I'm at the point that says: "can't hurt, might help". Thanks whole lot for your interest. Uncle Dewey

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#7
September 18, 2016 at 11:41:19
Just to add that although flash drives can be very handy they still don't seem to be seen as reliable enough for long term storage of important stuff.

Please excuse my diversion at #4.

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September 18, 2016 at 13:18:39
Definitely do NOT rely on usb flash drives for long term storage. They can, do, and will, fail at any time.

They are designed for ease of transportof data, knowing there is a safe secure copy on other more secure and reliable media; e.g. at least one hard drive (two is even nicer/better); and also at least one set of DVD (again ideally two sets for those oh so valuable family photos etc...).

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