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Recdommendations for USB drive

by psaulm119 / October 20, 2011 6:07 AM PDT

I just bought an 8 gig USB drive, and was simply thinking of transfering a few graphics and videos that I want to show on monitors/projectors that are already hooked up to different computers that I work around.

Now, I'm seeing that the more I use it, the more sense it makes to put all of my work files and documents onto this same location, and I'm regretting buying only 8 gigs.

My question: are there different types of USB drives? If I get a new, larger one, it would still have to plug into many computers that run XP and are several years old. But is there a special type of USB drive that runs faster (obviuosly 3.0 is out) than others? I have noticed a slight lag when saving files onto this drive.

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There's a dark side to this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 3:06 PM PDT

A poor fellow had all his files on said sticks. One day a machine erased it upon plugging it in. They learned the backup lesson the hard way.

This drives are designed for capacity and not continual use.

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I can always do weekly backups onto my laptop....
by psaulm119 / October 20, 2011 3:28 PM PDT

Its just easier to haul a USB drive around than my laptop, especially b/c the projectors I use are typically already hooked up to computers that are in the rooms I teach in.

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But that is a nightmare scenario, isn't it?
by psaulm119 / October 20, 2011 3:30 PM PDT

Having that happen would bring a lecture to a halt, for sure. Sad

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Depends on the lecture?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 21, 2011 3:27 AM PDT

I saw something like this last week at a conference. The presentation was on one laptop and it had locked up.

No backup plan so they shuffled speakers while the poor fellow went to a quiet corner to work on it, reset, reboot, etc.

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Settled on a SanDisk Cruzer 8 gig USB drive
by psaulm119 / November 17, 2011 2:01 PM PST

I keep portable apps on it--FastStone and VLC, and just pics and videos that I want to display. Its much better this way, using the desktop computers, as they are hooked up to much more powerful speakers than my laptop has.

I took Robert's advice and haven't used it for anything else, or for storing all my other files.

Working very well so far.

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