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Flash Drives for Backup ?

by magnogreato / November 21, 2008 6:04 AM PST

whenever I back up my desktop it takes about 4Gb of space...I was wondering if I can back my system up on an 8GB flash drive and be able to access the data if I have a system failure?
Anyone have any ideas or has done this and then reloaded the backup at some point??? thanks

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As long as it shows up . . .
by Coryphaeus / November 22, 2008 11:04 PM PST

as a drive, sure. But make sure your backup program will recognize it as a storage device for backup.

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As long as it shows up...
by magnogreato / November 25, 2008 7:07 AM PST

That's what I was considering but hadn't done it before on such a large scale...seems thanks for the feedback.

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When you say backup.....what is it you're backing up ?
by VAPCMD / November 23, 2008 12:30 AM PST

If it were my data...I'd be leaning toward DVD vs USB FLASH drive.


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You can
by peperont / November 25, 2008 5:44 PM PST

You can use norton Ghost to apply an Image Backup, it backups all the data you need including the OS of course.

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Not to worry...I've been using imaging SW (Ghost) for backup
by VAPCMD / December 6, 2008 2:29 AM PST
In reply to: You can

since 2000 or so. If you search this forum .. you'll see my posts on the subject and my method of handling backup and .. RESTORE.

In closing ... I'd never put my only backup on a USB Flash/Thumb/Pen/Jump Drive. Unfortunately the original poster never returned to answer any of the questions asked.


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back up on flash
by johnorford / December 5, 2008 7:37 PM PST

The business of updating a CD-RW is a *** any way you do it and they can - and do - become unreadable. The flash disc is a boon - well, it is if you buy a good one. Sadly . . . So don't use one big one, better four smaller ones. I suspect the only safe way to back up is to use a second hard disc. But I'm amazed at Windows (aren't we all?) still trying to inveigle you into putting your documents on the C: drive with the OS. NEVER do this - partition off a drive and put all your docs in that one. If you have to re-format it's a pound to a penny it'll only be your C: drive that needs to be done. I have never had to re-format my documents drive. Put a short-cut from "My Documents" (childish name)to get to it easily.

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Thanks but I already have a very effective, very reliable
by VAPCMD / December 6, 2008 2:57 AM PST
In reply to: back up on flash

strategy for location and organization of files and backup that I've used for years...10 or more. My OS-APPs and DATA are on C and D respectively and they are imaged separately to two separate hard drives .. one is an internal and the other is external. I sleep well.


PS...I didn't recommend CD-RWs but rather DVDs. Probably better to address the poster's question than mine.

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Yes, but
by Dango517 / December 6, 2008 5:13 AM PST

depending on the data this may not be enough. Redundancy is the key here, several (2,3, even 4)workable methods are best. For family photos I use USB flash drives and a second hard drive. I drag and drop my files to the second drive using a mount point on D: drive/second drive. (I do not create large files on this PC.) Keep in mind you can always make hard copies/paper copies to backup text documents as well. CD/DVD backups in my experience have been unreliable. I did use Acronis for a while but also abandoned it for simpler methods. I have not used RAID 1 mirrored drives but this it what the professionals use on servers. These require two identical drives, a controller card or RAID software or if you like you can do this using Windows dynamic disks but expect little if any support using the last method.

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online is a option as well
by mementh / December 6, 2008 5:45 AM PST
In reply to: Yes, but

for the original poster who has not checked back on his thread....

I personally use Mozy to backup... free services offer 2 gigs backup space.. only negitive is they will hold files no more then 30 days if you delete from your computer.

I pay for service because if i used the free service I would fall 448 gigs shy Sad (I am a digital packrat and refuse to delete my old old DVD rips that I made of movies for my Ipod but don't watch.. )

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Reposted for VAPCMD.
by Kees Bakker / December 17, 2008 10:32 PM PST

(because his reply went with the deletion of an ad he replied to).

" Sure you can....but is that the best, safest alternative ? Got to say a hearty NO to that."


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