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Seeking removable media storage

Many years ago, I had an Iomega backup drive that used removable tape cartridges. Is there anything comparable (but with way larger capacity) available today?

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That design is pretty dead.

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USB memory sticks and drives have replaced tape and cartridges. I think I saw 4TB USB 3.0 for just over 100 and 2TB for under 100. The thing is that on a cost per byte these are terrific values.

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Nothing had come up in my searches, so I was reasonably sure that that type of backup was no longer being offered.

I owe you again, Bob!

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I fibbed.

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I'm coming around

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I'm looking at the WD - My Passport Ultra 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Gray-black.

What are your thoughts?

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Another option

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I'm also considering a 4TB USB flash drive.

(I'd have edited my previous post and added this line to it if it were possible to edit posts.)

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Re: USB flash drive

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I don't think a 4TB flash drive exists. But I do see a 2 TB flash drive for 1100 euro (that's approximately 1350 US dollar. That's why most people buy a hard drive for big backups, not sticks.

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The problem with the 4TB FLASH DRIVE

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Is cost. It's too costly today. 4TB HDD USB drives run just over 100 and are a good value. When I get these, they are in pairs so I can have a backup of what I can't lose.

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Flash drives

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Kees_B, this is addressed to you as well as to Bob.

I've written to 2 of those suppliers to find out what they'll really cost, but I find it hard to believe that there could be such a discrepancy between the prices you're quoting and the prices listed there.

I suggest we put this on hold until I receive their replies. We'll have something more concrete to discuss then.

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At under 10 dollars. Most likely fake drives.

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Sorry folk, but there are no 10 dollar 4TB Flash drives yet.

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My thought, too, but

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with Trade Assurance, the buyer's protected. And the small amount of money involved is hardly a huge risk.

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I have to rewrite this to avoid

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Well, bad words that may offend you. These fakes are all too common and yes the trade assurance is for a refund when you ship it back. At least that's how it works here.

This means you are likely to buy, discover the truth and then eat the loss.

If you are foolish enough to believe in 10 dollar 4TB memory sticks, you must be parted with your money.

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I didn't even bother reading page 2

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Thanks to you, unlike that guy, I learned my lesson the easy way.

But if it hadn't been possible to get educated by other people's experiences, I wouldn't have minded spending a few dollars to get that education.

Thank you, Bob! I will now close all my Alibaba windows.

And I will search for an under-$10 4TB flash drive made in the U.S. Happy

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PS. I try to write softly.

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But here, on the subject of 4TB Memory Sticks for 10 dollars, I want to get out my flamethrower from Boring Company.

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No need to bludgeon

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I was duly chastened after your previous post.

Interestingly, other than Alibaba (and Aliexpress), I'm unable to find a single 4TB flash drive for sale.

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Did not bludgeon.

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But did bring the fire.

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so you're flaming me, are you? Happy

By the way, the two I contacted at Alibaba appear to be honest. They both replied that they don't have 4TB drives. I didn't bother writing back to ask why they show up at the link I posted earlier as selling 4TB drives.

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Only the way Ol' Muskie did.

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All in jest.

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