USB Flash Backup
March 16, 2009 7:45 AM Subscribe
Are USB memory sticks a smart or stupid backup solution?
posted by DU to computers & internet (20 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've been burning my wife's iPhoto subdir to CD/DVD but that's a hassle not to mention the problem of optical media not working for long term storage. I was thinking of a pair of external drives so that we could store one offsite when I suddenly remembered that USB flash memory sticks exist now.
She's got about 13GB of data from ~5 years. 20-30GB, which would cost around $50-$80, should last until technology mutates again. I was thinking she could even just carry it around in her purse or pocket, but we could also still buy 2 and swap one offsite.
Is this a hare-brained scheme or a clever (or even banal) use of existing technology? I'd actually just go for it, but the usage pattern will be a little different than what I imagine the typical pattern is. Rather than a lot of little writes, this would likely be a completely re-write every few weeks. Also, I don't know how glitchy memory sticks may be. Any experiences with this?