Solved USB STICK BANK to store pics

April 25, 2013 at 22:24:52
Specs: Windows 7, N/A
I have posted a question regarding usb stick and someone said i needed a "BACK UP" what kind of "BACK UP" i would need when using a usb stick could be the best i heard about because it doesn't scratch maybe it can break but what other option do i really have ........!!!!!! OOPS! i almost forgot when the USB STICK is in my computer how can i find out when i'm done thank you !

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April 25, 2013 at 23:50:02
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To make backup copies of your important files, do not use a USB stick (also called a pen drive). They are totally unsuitable for that purpose because they are not reliable enough.

You need to use either blank CD/DVD discs, or buy an external hard drive.

Yes I know pen drives are much cheaper, but you will be sorry if you use one for backups. They are only suitable for short-term storage like when you need to transfer some files between two computers.

Whoever told you to use a pen drive for backups evidently doesn't know much about computers and computer devices.

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April 26, 2013 at 06:47:20
I knew an executive that keep all his docs on a usb stick and never backed it up anywhere else. He did this for three years. Can you imagine his outrage when the stick died? He was pretty irate but that was due to his own stupidity.

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April 26, 2013 at 08:19:22
I posted the back up theory on the other post, only as a reminder that nothing is guaranteed with memory storage devices. You might consider a look at this comparison page.

:: mike

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April 26, 2013 at 09:13:02
Effectively, all important files need to be saved to at least two different places, three for really critical files (those you will be really upset if you loose). Ideally, the internal hard drive on your computer or laptop computer and another hard drive (most prefer that to be an external hard drive), with the third being an optical disk (CD/DVD), possibly moved to another location entirely or an off location back up service. For a few important files, this can be done manually, but your system should be set up to do it automatically (Windows 7 Back Up).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 26, 2013 at 09:17:38
One final backup alternative, and the one I use at home, is a small NAS device (NAS = Network Attached Storage)

The difference between a NAS and an external USB drive is, a USB external drive is a single hard drive. Hard drives can, and do, fail. Should you backup to a single external drive and that drive fails, there goes your backup. Also, a NAS device connects to the network, not a single PC, making it easily accessible to all network clients.

A NAS will have two or more drives that can be configured in a RAID (RAID = Redundant Array of Independent Disks). This will provide redundancy such that should a drive in your NAS fail, your data is still safe and sound on the remaining drive (or drives, plural depending on the RAID level you're employing).

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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April 26, 2013 at 20:39:23
I was told that CD/DVD can scratch very easily and I was speaking to someone and they told me that USB stick is the best thing he has a lot of them and he still use them to play them on his computer. OOH! and how do i know when i'm done with the usb stick?????

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April 27, 2013 at 06:26:35
We are not saying that you should not use a USB stick to carry files, music, etc or even play it, but do not count on it being the only place to keep the files because they often fail without warning or someone makes a mistake and removes it improperly and there is a corruption to the files system and it may need to be formatted to use again. Just make sure that you keep a copy somewhere else to protect yourself from losing anything.
If you use the 'Safely Remove Hardware' feature (should always remove it this way), it will tell you that the drive is busy if files are still being transferred or a program is accessing the drive, telling you that it is not safe to remove the drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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April 27, 2013 at 09:38:07
I was told that CD/DVD can scratch very easily

Only if you mishandle them. Treat them with care and there is no reason at all for them to get scratched and unlike other media, they do not deteriorate with age nor are they subject to environmental corruption.

With a backup CD/DVD, you make your backup, put the disk in its protective cover and you should never need to handle it again unless a disaster occurs.

There is an well known but unwritten law with backups. If you have one you will never need it it. If you don't have a backup it is only a matter of time before you wish you had.

Call it Sods Law, Murphy's Law or what you will but it is inescapable.


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