7dayshop.com USB 2.0 Flash / Key Drive - 16GB - BLUE CAPLESS SWIVEL £11.95 delivered @7dayshop - HotUKDeals
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ALSO 7dayshop.com Memory - USB 2.0 Flash / Key Drive - 8GB SWIVEL ONLY £7.79
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this is prob the cheapest price ever for a 16gb stick
Write Speed Up To: 6mb/s Read Speed Up To: 20.5mb/s
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Quality swivel action
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#1
this is the 16gb stick

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_6&products_id=106966

ok 8gb stick here also available in black or blue same spec as 16gb stick

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_6&products_id=106966


Edited By: babymanor on Nov 20, 2010 01:59: tidy
#2
can anyone say what would be the best or safest way to back up/store photos, usb stick/ memory card/dvd /external hard drive
#3
For ultimate safest way - I would go with the absolute best quality recordable DVD's you can buy (archival quality) and a decent recorder drive, burn at 1x, store out of sunlight and away from heat + moisture etc, preferably in something like a cash box/safe. If you do not want anyone else to be able to access then use truecrypt and do not forget the password. You may want to re-back up after about 8 years (on disks bought new then) to ensure the integrity of the data. If the data must absolutely not be lost no matter what also store it in another location or two entirely.

I am sure this was already posted but can't find it. I bought one and it works reasonably well, if somewhat slowly.

Edited By: anewman on Nov 20, 2010 04:09
#4
cheers
#5
[quote=anewman]For ultimate safest way - I would go with the absolute best quality recordable DVD's you can buy (archival quality) and a decent recorder drive, burn at 1x,

What rubbish. DVDs are sloooowww to burn, slooooooww to read, are not reliable, can not always be read and just about obsolete as more and more netbooks and laptops come without a dvd drive. A external usb hard drive would be cheaper and far more reliable. Always though back up in two places. Data that does not exist in three separate places does not exist.
#6
If you use DVD's, use DVD-RAM as these are designed for archiving. However, as has been said if the data is important always make sure it is backed up in multiple locations.
#7
befuddled
[quote=anewman]For ultimate safest way - I would go with the absolute best quality recordable DVD's you can buy (archival quality) and a decent recorder drive, burn at 1x,

What rubbish. DVDs are sloooowww to burn, slooooooww to read, are not reliable,

NOTHING is "reliable" - a usb stick is just as reliable as the finest and most expensive dvdr - more, I'd say. As you rightly say, if it's important it must be saved to several places.
#8
SD memory cards can have a faster Read/Write speed than USB 2.0 - and you can use them in Netbooks and Digital Cameras as well.
#9
adamastor
SD memory cards can have a faster Read/Write speed than USB 2.0 - and you can use them in Netbooks and Digital Cameras as well.
What's the cheapest 16GB SD card these days?
#10
maybe this i found 2 days ago


http://www.hotukdeals.com/visit?m=1650&q=803078

Edited By: babymanor on Nov 20, 2010 15:25
#11
i ordered on of these 2 weeks ago still not arrived, when speaking to there customer services they have blamed high winds hampering delivery from guernsey, but 2 weeks??? they still wont send a replacement as they pressume its gonna turn up, very poor.
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a1
they have blamed high winds hampering delivery from guernsey, but 2 weeks???

that's gotta be the best excuse for late delivery I've ever heard! do you reckon it was surface or airmail? is the boat (or plane) still struggling mid-Atlantic against ferocious headwinds? will Tom Hanks turn up in several years clutching your long-forgotten memory stick??
#13
HairyPotter
a1
they have blamed high winds hampering delivery from guernsey, but 2 weeks???
that's gotta be the best excuse for late delivery I've ever heard! do you reckon it was surface or airmail? is the boat (or plane) still struggling mid-Atlantic against ferocious headwinds? will Tom Hanks turn up in several years clutching your long-forgotten memory stick??

That actually made me laugh out loud...

But i still don't understand the whole write speed thing, i want one to just store photos, is this any good?
#14
babymanor
can anyone say what would be the best or safest way to back up/store photos, usb stick/ memory card/dvd /external hard drive


Best way to back up is by creating a reliable on site backup and an off site backup such as using a cloud service like Dropbox or storing at work. This way you'll be covered from fire.

Definitely don't use a poor quality unbranded flash drive to store anything valuable. Good quality DVD-Rs are good, but as they're so cheap, you should make more than one copy.
#15
you get a few GB storage with hotmail

that'd be okay as a backup too
#16
drspa44
babymanor
can anyone say what would be the best or safest way to back up/store photos, usb stick/ memory card/dvd /external hard drive
Best way to back up is by creating a reliable on site backup and an off site backup such as using a cloud service like Dropbox or storing at work. This way you'll be covered from fire.Definitely don't use a poor quality unbranded flash drive to store anything valuable. Good quality DVD-Rs are good, but as they're so cheap, you should make more than one copy.

So is this any good for just photo storage?
#17
morph87
drspa44
babymanor
can anyone say what would be the best or safest way to back up/store photos, usb stick/ memory card/dvd /external hard drive
Best way to back up is by creating a reliable on site backup and an off site backup such as using a cloud service like Dropbox or storing at work. This way you'll be covered from fire.Definitely don't use a poor quality unbranded flash drive to store anything valuable. Good quality DVD-Rs are good, but as they're so cheap, you should make more than one copy.


So is this any good for just photo storage?


Definitely not. This specific line of flash drives are known for their poor quality, unreliability and in my case, 2 of the 3 I've acquired have used fake flash memory. I can't really see any use for these, apart from satisfying the need of die-hard money savers.

You need to buy a branded flash drive like http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/kingston-generation-3-16gb-datatrav/804054 . Brand REALLY matters when it comes to flash drives and cards. There is software called h2testw which fills up the flash drive with ata and then tries to read it all back. If you ever acquire a flash drive that is having problems, it is worth using the software to see if it's using fake or faulty flash. After all, it's your photos and you can't take them again if you lose them.
#18
Listen guys, you seem a knowledgeable bunch - can one of you tell me what the best way to keep a backup of some DVDs I have is? They are personal (no not like that, family days out when the kids were young etc) and I would do whatever is necessary to ensure I will never lose them. They started life on MiniDV tape, transferred to DVD-R and I am wondering if SSD might be the best option?

Thanks!
#19
Lakeside
Listen guys, you seem a knowledgeable bunch - can one of you tell me what the best way to keep a backup of some DVDs I have is? They are personal (no not like that, family days out when the kids were young etc) and I would do whatever is necessary to ensure I will never lose them. They started life on MiniDV tape, transferred to DVD-R and I am wondering if SSD might be the best option?
Ssds are not designed for archival purposes, rather speed and better pc performance. I would make at least one copy of each dvd using branded dvd-r media. Maxell and sony are the best affordable brands, whereas brands like memorex are definitely not for important backups. Store these copies in a light-proof container or pouch at an off site location like work or a house of a friend or relative who you can trust. Another option would be to buy cloud storage like dropbox for a few pounds a month. Thiz would be incredibly secure (unless the company you choose goes bust!).
Thanks!


Whoopa. Sorry for writing in a quote. Im Typing using my iphone.

Edited By: drspa44 on Nov 21, 2010 01:07
#20
I bought one of these and it was fake, got money back after I threatened to call police / trading standards. Put it in the bin as it wouldnt store anything.

Best way to tell a fake drive is to basically fill it up to max and it will soon start coming up with errors etc. Wouldnt touch anything like this for backing things up, high quality dvds are best and a cloud based service. I also have 100GB worth of my photos backed up on two external hard drives one of which is kept at my mums and one in a safe in my loft!!
#21
HairyPotter
a1
they have blamed high winds hampering delivery from guernsey, but 2 weeks???
that's gotta be the best excuse for late delivery I've ever heard! do you reckon it was surface or airmail? is the boat (or plane) still struggling mid-Atlantic against ferocious headwinds? will Tom Hanks turn up in several years clutching your long-forgotten memory stick??

Lol well there was a 12 year old boy at the front door yesterday, maybe that was Tom.

I know there was a lot of hot air coming from Guernsey the other day so maybe they should try sending my replacement by Balloon.
#22
Lakeside
Listen guys, you seem a knowledgeable bunch - can one of you tell me what the best way to keep a backup of some DVDs I have is? They are personal (no not like that, family days out when the kids were young etc) and I would do whatever is necessary to ensure I will never lose them. They started life on MiniDV tape, transferred to DVD-R and I am wondering if SSD might be the best option?

SDD isn't really an ideal storage medium, while it doesn't have movable parts, they are designed to fail with lots of access.

As has been said before, multiple locations is the key. Use an online storage service first as they raid and backup so there's always going to be backups and redundancy which you don't even need to think about. But on top of this it's a good idea to burn onto a reliable brand SATA HDD (because if any "soft errors" occur you can use a reconstructing repair program such as Spinrite on it). Then keep the DVDrs and make a couple of copies, and post these to friends so that they are away from your house in case of fire/flood etc.)
#23
Thank you for the advice folks - yes it was the no moving parts aspect of SSD that made me think of them. Multiple locations it will be then!

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