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Seeking removable media storage

by doniel / January 25, 2018 2:57 PM PST

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 25, 2018 3:34 PM PST

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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Thanks
by doniel / January 26, 2018 12:46 AM PST

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2018 8:18 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks
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I'm coming around
by doniel / January 28, 2018 5:25 AM PST
In reply to: I fibbed.

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
by doniel / January 28, 2018 5:58 AM PST
In reply to: I'm coming around

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
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 28, 2018 6:42 AM PST
In reply to: Another option

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
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2018 9:18 AM PST
In reply to: Another option

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
by doniel / January 28, 2018 9:32 AM PST

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

https://www.alibaba.com/showroom/4tb-usb-flash-drive.html

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2018 9:47 AM PST
In reply to: Flash drives

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

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My thought, too, but
by doniel / January 28, 2018 1:17 PM PST

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
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2018 1:34 PM PST
In reply to: My thought, too, but

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.
https://sellercentral.amazon.com/forums/message.jspa?messageID=3663038

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
by doniel / January 28, 2018 1:47 PM PST

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2018 1:54 PM PST
In reply to: My thought, too, but

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
by doniel / January 28, 2018 2:13 PM PST

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2018 3:41 PM PST
In reply to: No need to bludgeon

But did bring the fire.

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Oh,
by doniel / January 28, 2018 10:45 PM PST
In reply to: Did not bludgeon.

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.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2018 8:34 AM PST
In reply to: Oh,

All in jest.

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