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Help with external storage (choosing and using)

by mkb360 / September 5, 2010 7:39 PM PDT

I have a Dell Latitude D810 running on XP Pro. I want to save my work on a storage device. I have saved some work on disk, but not all of it worked out too well. I would like to get info on usb's, SD's, etc. as I don't know too much using them or how to choose what type.
I would appreciate any help even though I feel really dumb having to ask!

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Easy enough but don't get just one
by Steven Haninger / September 5, 2010 7:46 PM PDT

USB drives are generally plug and play. Some come with an autorun feature to install backup software. I never use these the software. It's easy enough to copy and and paste files or folders from one drive to another and not be dependent on the software to get you out of a jam. All hard drives eventually fail. Anything that you feel must be saved to perpetuity should be duplicated more than once. USB externals should only be part of ones backup plan and not all of it.

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"I want to save my work on a storage device."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 5, 2010 10:59 PM PDT

Remember that we don't have a truly reliable storage device today. Read the CNET Storage Forum for the sad stories where there was no backup. (hint: a single USB drive is not backup)

"I want to save my work on a storage device."

That's the first copy. Now two more on other devices and place one away from the computer for the last backup.

As the moderators say "We only lose what we don't backup."

Bob

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