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For long term, which is better to back up your files to, a thumb drive or a hard drive?

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Poll: Backing up files - Thumb drive or Hard Drive (6 member(s) have cast votes)

For long term, which is better to back your files up to, a thumb drive or a hard drive?

  1. Thumb Drive (1 votes [12.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.50%

  2. Hard Drive - Traditional (5 votes [62.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 62.50%

  3. Hard Drive - Solid State (1 votes [12.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.50%

  4. Cloud (1 votes [12.50%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.50%

  5. Other (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 mancillaj

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    Posted 02 February 2012 - 04:48 PM

    I have people ask me all the time where / how to back up their files. They state how easy it is to back up their files to a thumb drive and could put it in a safedeposit box for safe keeping.
    I am not sure which format would be best for long term storage and where the files would be the most stable.

    Thanks for you suggestions


    #2 marko

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      Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:47 PM

      I'd probably opt for USB/thumb drive - it's really no easier or harder to wipe data held on a thumb drive as opposed to the other storage mediums, and even then when deciding which one's to choose it could be down to personal preference - for me, it's the speed at which a USB drive can read/write and affordability will also play a part of the considerations.

      Whilst the other mediums may have their advantages, I think for home data storage, a decent sized and well kept thumb drive can be more than adequate for anyone's long term storage needs and is easily transported and widely compatible :)
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      #3 Claw

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        Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:59 PM

        I personally prefer Hard Drives over Thumb,,only because I have know many instances where after a short while ,,that when the Back-up was needed ,,the thumb drive failed.Just a few weeks ago I know of one case where when needed ,,files were missing that were there on the Hard Drive back-up made days before.

        #4 James (Jim) Hillier

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          Posted 02 February 2012 - 07:54 PM

          I agree with Claw - purely based on the reliability factor. Flash memory has a comparatively higher breakdown rate, USB hard drives are more reliable. Plus, of course, on a per megabyte basis HDDs are a fair bit cheaper. A couple of months ago I bought a brand new WD 320GB external drive for $48.00 - I didn't really need it but who could pass up a bargain like that!! LOL
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          #5 mancillaj

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            Posted 04 February 2012 - 03:17 AM

            Thanks....great feedback

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