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    Advise reqd. USB memory stick or External Hard Drive?

    Need to save all my photographs from my computer to somewhere else as have no memory space left .

    (N.B. I have 32,000 stored on my computer at present)

    Are USB memory sticks any good? Do they have large memory? Are they reliable? Or am I better off investing in an external hard drive?

    Any recommendations on which to buy? USB or External Hard Drive?

    Can anyone recommend one they have purchased?

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    Portable HDD is a far wiser method of storing photographs, I have one of these, they are excellent.

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    external HDD every time.

    Personally I'd prefer external hard drives for storage. They're usually of a bigger capacity, faster (at least USB2) and hardier.

    A few months ago I bought a 500Gb Porche Lacie external (they've been the most reliable, sturdy build and has an on/off button!) for about £60.

    USB memory sticks are normally 4 gig, think they have 16 gig but for that same price (about £30) you get a decent external HD. It's more for portability (also easier to lose the cap). I've also seen a USB credit card type) that has a USB stub sticking out that you put into laptop USB port. Some claim it's easier to carry/wallet/credit card.

    Good luck.

    Cheapest and best USB HDD.

    Cheap one at..
    kenable.co.uk/pro…e69

    Buy a cheap laptop HDD on fleabay

    If these are important photos I would think carefully about back-ups. A portable hard drive is what I use, but remember, if you keep the portable hard drive with the computer and there is a fire, or theft, you will lose the originals and the back-up. So if this data is important to you you might consider other ways of backing it up, such as online as well as on a portable drive. Or at least keep the portable drive in a different location.

    External drives are prone to failiure. Read some reviews at Amazon. Don't rely on it for a backup! Personally I would use several different backups, probably a large usb stick, ie 8 gb for 17.99, maybe put the photos on another pc using it and put a couple of dvds in seperate locations in case of fire. I would also use on-line storage to be ultra sure.

    By all means get a usb hard drive but please don't rely on it as your only backup. The only way to have a decent backup is several copies in several locations on several different devices.

    Snapfish.com have unlimited photo upload space, maybe backup to cd then upload them to snapfish and free up the space you have without spending any money? :thinking:

    Benjimoron;1717163

    External drives are prone to failiure. Read some reviews at Amazon. … External drives are prone to failiure. Read some reviews at Amazon. Don't rely on it for a backup! Personally I would use several different backups, probably a large usb stick, ie 8 gb for 17.99, maybe put the photos on another pc using it and put a couple of dvds in seperate locations in case of fire. I would also use on-line storage to be ultra sure. By all means get a usb hard drive but please don't rely on it as your only backup. The only way to have a decent backup is several copies in several locations on several different devices.



    That would depend on the manufacture of the HDD, if you buy a quality HDD is less likely to failure. Also, if its for back-up purposes only then is should be dormant the majority of the time and therefore not subjected to rigorous use.

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    Another option is to creat a google mail account that can store up to 3gb!

    I regualrly just send any new photo collections to my backup googlemail account

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    guru_the;1716929

    Cheapest and best USB HDD.Cheap one … Cheapest and best USB HDD.Cheap one at..http://www.kenable.co.uk/product_info.php/products_id/1467?osCsid=3f32e1e92ca03b07cf7b4573d5211e69Buy a cheap laptop HDD on fleabay


    thats just an enclosure, not the drive!

    csiman;1717564

    thats just an enclosure, not the drive!



    He said to buy a drive on fleabay

    Alfonse;1717494

    That would depend on the manufacture of the HDD, if you buy a quality HDD … That would depend on the manufacture of the HDD, if you buy a quality HDD is less likely to failure. Also, if its for back-up purposes only then is should be dormant the majority of the time and therefore not subjected to rigorous use.



    Good make of drive then?

    Western Digital?

    Benjimoron;1717599

    Good make of drive then?Western Digital?



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    To be perfectly honest you if want to go all out you would get a tape library (jukebox) and a fireproof safe.

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    Benjimoron;1717593

    He said to buy a drive on fleabay


    Yes but he also said:-

    guru_the:
    Cheapest and best USB HDD.

    Cheap one at..
    ]http//ww…e69


    Which implies the enclosure is a USB HDD. just dont want anyone to think they're getting the wrong thing :thumbsup:

    For back-ups , be very carefull about using DVD's . They deteriate after a period of time , it's a well known thing , check out a few photography forums , and when they do ,you've lost your pictures/videos or whatever you had on them . For this very reason I'm trying out the 'Taiyo Yuden' brand of blank DVD's , there expensive but supposed to last .
    Anyway ,for back-up I would use a external hard drive , but the media player type . I bought 2 from maplin a couple of years ago . You just fit your own HDD in ,although you can buy complete ones .These media players are designed to play anything back onto your PC or TV . You simply create 3 folders on the HDD .ie music ,video & photos . Put all your stuff into these folders , plug the media player into the TV , plasma or monitor ,they come with power adapter and all the required cables and play your media back .It has a built in juke box feature ,it has a built in slideshow feature and lists all the videos as icons , you just click one to play . Video formats are Avi's, mpegs ,vobs ,etc , so no need to rip to disk , just copy the vob file folder to the drive and play back on the Tv .They are a functional back-up device and very good .

    Alfonse;1717622

    ]http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/08/17/500_gb_external_storage_tested/To … ]http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/08/17/500_gb_external_storage_tested/To be perfectly honest you if want to go all out you would get a tape library (jukebox) and a fireproof safe.



    Don't have time to read it all, have you found a make that basically don't fail. Every one I've looked at (including WD and Toshiba, names I thought would be ok) have had plenty of failures reported amongst the reviews.

    Basically, you can't rely on them. Put your photos in several places rather than just a hard drive in your computer and a hard drive sat next to your computer.

    DVDs probably degrade over time but it's a very cheap way of making backups and quite simple to renew the backup every year if you're worried about them failing over time.
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