I have written in the past about the importance of backing up the data on your computer. Click here.
An article by Casey Morgan @CJwritesbest shows that flash drives have just as favorable lifespan as CDs and DVDs. While the cost per GB of a 16GB flash drive (USB 2.0 standard) is about twice the price per GB of a rewritable DVD given current prices at Best Buy you need to keep a few things in mind:
1. More and more laptop computers do not come with a CD/DVD drive. Both of my sons have laptops that do not have CD/DVD drive. When needed they ask to borrow my external CD/DVD drive. My clients are mainly in Queens NY areas like Forest Hills, Bayside, Whitestone and Great Neck on Long Island and that external CD/DVD drive comes into play with those clients having a computer that does not have a built in CD/DVD drive.
2. Flash drives are quite a bit smaller than a DVD and very portable.
A new standard for flash drives (aka USB drives) which has been catching on and will eventually be mainstream is USB 3.0. While the maximum transfer speed of a USB 2.0 per Wikipedia is 60 MB per second, USB 3.0 offers a maximum transfer speed of 625 MB per second. Further if you have a USB 3.0 flash drive it is backwards compatible so you can use it with a USB 2.0 connection. Looking at Best Buy’s prices, the cost of a 32GB 2.0 flash drive is 12.99 vs the cost of a 32 GB 3.0 flash drive being $14.99. On a personal note here don’t despair if your local Best Buy is out of them. I found that my local Staples will match the Best Buy price if I bring in the page from Best Buy showing their prices. While my local Staples did not have them in stock, Staples did ship my order to me and did not charge me for shipping. Let me add here that I have not received or been promised payment for mentioning any of the products or websites noted in any way, shape or form.
If you are concerned about your flash drives getting lost, you can store them in dedicated storage case or an envelope. You can use stick on labels to label them. My suggestion is to rotate 2 or 3 flash drives when backing up your data. This way if a backup fails, a previous backup would enable to get back part of what you lost due to a hard drive failure. And if you are not backing up your data, remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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