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Old 04-01-2006, 10:19 AM   #1
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USB Travel Drives, are they reliable?

I currently do my weekly laptop backup using an old and reliable iomega drive using 100m disk. I can get 4 weekly BUs on it. But now that I will be doing more travelling I want a reliable mini/micro USB backup drive.

Any have any experiences with these micro USB traveldrives? I see sales on these especially memorex or sansdisk where 512m drive after rebate might cost as little as nothing. Question is are they reliable, or would it be worth what I might pay for it (very little to nothing)? I'd buy several of them since they fit on your keychain.

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Re: USB Travel Drives, are they reliable?
Old 04-01-2006, 10:23 AM   #2
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Re: USB Travel Drives, are they reliable?

Been using them 2 years or so. I carry it on my keychain since I sometimes do impromptu presentations, and have all my powerpoint shows stored there. Also back up important files.

Never had a single problem. Ever.

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Re: USB Travel Drives, are they reliable?

A foreword...there are several types of flash memory. As may be no surprise, the variety that can fail suddenly are cheaper than the ones that tend to last until the storage capacity is uselessly small.

Some have more error correction than others. Some are faster than others.

Read the reviews on the products you're buying, and know that for example, sandisk<>sandisk when talking about two fairly similar products. Speeds, error correction and quality of the flash itself might be very different between a 256MB and 512MB product from the same company. So keep it apples and apples.

if you see a lot of poor reviews for a particular product, say from amazons reviews, epinions or neweggs review sections...obviously avoid.

Do know that when a flash drive fails, its usually quite sudden and frequently quite complete. Disk drives make some noises and might still be somewhat usable when they're on their way out. Once you exceed the error correction of a flash drive, if it has any, and if it gives you any warnings, poof.

So get two or more. Preferably smaller ones that are cheap or FAR, that way any damage done is minimal. And backup anything critical twice.
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