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Ext HD or flash drive?

by Chigal48 / August 21, 2009 12:26 PM PDT

Okay, I have 13 Gig left on my C:hard drive and I'm thinking about extra external space. Should I go external HD or flash drive.

Either way I'm paying a lot of $$$....but when I look at the reviews for ext HD's they are very poor. What do you think?

I plan to get a new desktop by the first of next year.

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"Either way I am paying lots of $$$"
by ahtoi / August 21, 2009 3:36 PM PDT
In reply to: Ext HD or flash drive?

What is lots of $$$? I recently got a 120G ext. HDD. for $43. Now guess how much a 120G flashdrive would cost.

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Flash Drives that are 64Gig cost $100+
by Chigal48 / August 21, 2009 8:33 PM PDT

External Hard drive (new) that are over 100gig cost as much and more than flash drives.

However, I decided to buy a new computer with 300 gig hard drive space. That solves the problem of space for a long time.

My current computer is 5 yo and has 80 gig HD; 13 gig remaining.

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That's backward on costs
by jainbhawna12 / August 23, 2009 10:14 AM PDT

A (example) 120GB HDD (perhaps $40) costs FAR LESS than an 120GB flash drive (like several hundred $ or so). Flash drives also have a limit read/write cycles, HDDs don't. However, a flash drive is not as vulnerable when dropped, if at all, compared to a HDD. I recommend just going for a cheap hard disk.

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Issue Resolved: I'm buying a new computer
by Chigal48 / August 23, 2009 10:42 AM PDT

I figure, after I've put $350 in repairs to this computer -- lost data and error reading O/S, I just put an order in for a new computer. Time to move on to a new one.

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Remember one rule.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2009 9:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Ext HD or flash drive?

"We only lose what we didn't backup."

In this forum are many posts about data recovery so I shouldn't have to tell you that you can't expect any storage device to "store" your stuff. Once you get past that then I will share that I have what I can't lose on memory sticks (plural), copies on DVDR/W and on some external drives.

I can't lose my work. It's not an option as what code I maintain is for the company.

Take a hard look at what you can't lose and also what you can lose. Maybe you can uninstall a few programs you haven't used in a year?

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