Does it damage your files or USB drive to edit files directly on the drive?
September 12, 2012 10:52 AM Subscribe
Basic USB drive question: Can you open and edit files for long periods of time right from the USB drive?
posted by thesocietyfor to computers & internet (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have this vague notion that working off a USB drive will damage the drive or lead my files to be corrupted (I remember professors in college saying this is so), but my attempts to google this question isn't telling me one way of the other. When I work from home, I generally transfer the files I need to the USB drive from my iMac at work, then transfer those files to my MBP at home, then at the end of day transfer to the USB and later to the iMac again. (Anywhere from less than 1 GB to 9 GB of data at a time. Upgrading to Mountain Lion has cut down on transfer time since it will prompt to only replace files that has been edited instead of everything in a folder.) Lots of transferring! Today it struck me: can I just work right off the USB drive and save myself having the transfer the files I worked on at home back to the USB and then back to work?
The files being worked on are generally InDesign/Illustrator files, and they're not large enough that I notice any difference in speed when working from the USB drive. (I'm guessing speed might be the main reason for transferring files to your computer while editing them?) Also, I do back up my files every day and I save frequently while working by well-honed reflex, are the files in any way less stable if I work off the USB drive?
Thanks for helping me clear this up and potentially saving me some time!