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Backup with Flash USB Drive instead or External Hard Drive

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  1. Koot

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    I have had two Maxtor external hard drives fail on my wife's PC. Each one has only lasted 18 months or less. Even though the backup process was easy and automatic I am considering going with a Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive to manually backup important files and images. Is there anything wrong with this method of backup that I'm unaware of?

    My wife's PC has genealogy software with lots of files and associated images, etc. (for over 40,000 people), which is about 10GB in size. It is this information that needs to be backed-up whenever additions/changes are made.

    I am thinking about replacing the [most recently] expired Maxtor external hard drive with either a 16GB or 32GB Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive. Is this a reasonable method for backup? Which GB size would you recommend? Brand?

    Thanks!
     
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    There is nothing wrong with using external drives, the problem is the make you chose.
    Maxtor have been very unreliable over the last few years and I would suggest you go with a WD drive instead.
    If you have 10g of backup and backing up incrementally say every week you would soon run out of space on a flash drive,
    Another option is to look at online backup, it is becoming very popular lately
     
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    Thanks! I do not "think" I would run out of memory space anytime soon because from this point forward the genealogy files are mostly complete, with just a few additions/changes here-and-there for deaths and births. For the most part the backups would be very minor additions/changes to the existing files instead of adding lots of new data and images on an ongoing basis.

    Do you think I'd be okay with this backup method?
     
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    Personally no for that amount of data, you will also find it will take quite a long time to transfer to the flash drive as the average flash drive transfer rates are approx 30mbps
     
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    But isn't it true that once the [full] data is loaded on the flash drive (which I understand and accept will take a while) any additions/changes to the [existing] data should download quickly?
     
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    It does depend on the backup software you are using.
    I use Acronis True Image (considered to be one of the best on the market) it makes the initial backup and then incremental backups, it does not alter the first backup.
    Therefore you have another file each time it backs up although in a compressed format.
    Give it a go with the flash drive and see how you get on
     
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